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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Thousands of health, police, transport employees protest in Bucharest today

Thousands of employees from the health, police, and transport departments are protesting in Bucharest today, unhappy with future tax changes that may affect their salaries.

One of these changes targets the transfer of social taxes from the employer to the employee. The protesters say that this measure will affect their net salaries.

The protest, which is organized by national union confederation Cartel Alfa, is expected to bring together some 10,000 protesters. It takes place in Bucharest’s Victoriei Square, in front of the Government building, and is expected to end at 16:00.

The protests also brought traffic restrictions in the area.

The Government plans to change the social contribution system in Romania and place the whole contribution on the employees starting January 1. The controversial measure has unsettled the business environment, and the employees who are afraid that their net wages will drop.

However, finance minister Ionut Misa said in September that the Government will issue a directive obliging employers in the private sector to maintain a certain level of the gross salary after the social contributions are fully transferred to the employees. The measure will be temporary and is aimed at preserving the employees’ net wages.

However, union leaders believe that the Government's decision to force a gross wage increase on employers would likely be challenged in court ultimately leading to 20% lower net wages for employees.

The employees in the public sector are unhappy that the governing coalition hasn't respected the promises made in the electoral campaign one year ago, which included significant wage increases for state personnel.

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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Irina Marica
Senior Editor

Irina holds a BA in Journalism and has been part of the Romania-Insider.com team since its early days in 2011. She likes to keep the Romania-insider.com readers informed every day. Irina reports on various topics, on a wide range of areas such as politics, social or entertainment. She also writes travel or leisure articles, as well as interviews. She splits her time between Sinaia, her hometown, and Bucharest. Being born and raised in a mountain town, Irina loves spending time in nature, but she also likes to read, write, listen to music, travel, teach her dog new tricks and listen to other people’s stories (so don’t hesitate to contact her for an interview if you have an interesting story that you want to share with the Romania-insider.com readers). She dreams to visit Iceland one day and maybe get to see the Arctic Monkeys play live.  You can send her press releases or feedback on her stories by emailing [email protected]

 

Thousands of health, police, transport employees protest in Bucharest today

Thousands of employees from the health, police, and transport departments are protesting in Bucharest today, unhappy with future tax changes that may affect their salaries.

One of these changes targets the transfer of social taxes from the employer to the employee. The protesters say that this measure will affect their net salaries.

The protest, which is organized by national union confederation Cartel Alfa, is expected to bring together some 10,000 protesters. It takes place in Bucharest’s Victoriei Square, in front of the Government building, and is expected to end at 16:00.

The protests also brought traffic restrictions in the area.

The Government plans to change the social contribution system in Romania and place the whole contribution on the employees starting January 1. The controversial measure has unsettled the business environment, and the employees who are afraid that their net wages will drop.

However, finance minister Ionut Misa said in September that the Government will issue a directive obliging employers in the private sector to maintain a certain level of the gross salary after the social contributions are fully transferred to the employees. The measure will be temporary and is aimed at preserving the employees’ net wages.

However, union leaders believe that the Government's decision to force a gross wage increase on employers would likely be challenged in court ultimately leading to 20% lower net wages for employees.

The employees in the public sector are unhappy that the governing coalition hasn't respected the promises made in the electoral campaign one year ago, which included significant wage increases for state personnel.

Irina Marica, [email protected]

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