Trade union bloc: Romania first in Europe by breach of workers' fundamental rights

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Romania ranks first out of 35 surveyed European countries as regards the violation of the workers' fundamental rights, the National Trade Union Bloc (BNS) said in a release on Monday.

"Romania has the largest number of violations of fundamental rights, in practice but mainly as regards national legislation, we are on the first place in Europe. The breach of the workers' rights is generally specific to poor countries or to those with a lacking democratic system. No less than 20 violations of the workers' fundamental rights have been identified in Romania, with 14 of them arising from legislative provisions and 4 from practice," the release said.

BNS said that the gap separating Romania from the rest of the European countries is even more visible if one considers the violations as an effect of the law, which may lead to the conclusion that "Romania's social dialogue legislation is devised in deep contempt for the workers' fundamental rights."

"Such a position in the ranking tells a lot about Romania's development degree but also about the respect shown by the political class, regardless of color, to the labor force. In general, the workers' rights are violated in poor countries or in countries with a lacking model of democracy. Such an approach puts pressure on the competitiveness of developed countries, which usually have very high labor standards. The response of developed countries is visible today in the debates on the future of the European Union. Sure, in the short term, the violation of these rights means lower costs for employers and an easier approach of the workforce by politicians. The lack of sustainability in economic growth, with an ever growing inequality of economic growth distribution, lack of predictability or reduced ability to cope with shocks are just some of the elements whereby we pay the bill. If we want to be part of Europe we should learn to respect our international commitments," BNS said in the release.

"Although the law regulates the right to strike, the lengthy and cumbersome procedures make it extremely difficult to organize a strike while observing the law; the employers are under no obligation to consult the employees on issues such as reducing the work week due to economic difficulties, the Romanian legislation forbids discrimination on grounds of trade union membership, but does not provide any instrument to protect the worker in this sense, it doesn't even require the hiring back of the person discriminated for affiliation to a trade union," BNS said in the release.AGERPRES(RO — author: Catalin Trandafir, editor: Mariana Nica; EN — author: Simona Klodnischi, editor: Maria Voican; online editor: Maria Voican)

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