18 January 2005
After more than a year of unsuccessful bargaining, in December 2004, the Romanian social partners finally signed a new national collective agreement (covering 2005-6), having reached a deal on the key issue of the national minimum wage . The accord establishes a minimum wage rate higher than that set by a previous government decision.
08 November 2004
In October 2004, shortly before the date set for a joint merger congress, the National Trade Union Bloc (BNS) and the National Confederation of Free Trade Unions in Romania Brotherhood (CNSLR Frăţia) - two of Romania's five nationally representative trade union confederations - announced a decision to postpone their unification until 2005..
03 November 2004
In spring and autumn 2004, trade unions in the Romanian education sector organised protest actions to support demands for a staged doubling of wages by the end of the year. By October, only a temporary compromise has been reached with the government, and consultations are being held to draw up a new pay law for education staff and to establish the calendar of future wage increases.
23 September 2004
Romania's first national framework agreement for civil service employees was concluded in August 2004. It regulates relations between the public administration and civil servants as well as between the administration and civil servants' trade unions, covering matters such as working time, leave, training, health and safety, rights and duties. Although trade unions welcome the provisions of the agreement, protest actions are imminent in September, as no understanding has been reached with regard to pay increases.
12 September 2004
The phenomenon of undeclared work - defined as 'any paid activities that are lawful as regards their nature but not declared to the public authorities'- is an issue which has been preoccupying the EU institutions for a number of years. In 1998, the European Commission issued a Communication  on undeclared work, which was designed to launch a debate on the causes of such work and the policy options for combating it (EU9804197F ). It suggested that there was a need to clarify the causes and extent, and concluded that combating undeclared work should be part of the overall European employment strategy .  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/employment_strategy/index_en.htm  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/commission-targets-undeclared-work  http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/employment_strategy/index_en.htm
06 September 2004
In August 2004, two of Romania's five nationally representative trade union confederations - the National Trade Union Bloc (BNS) and the National Confederation of Free Trade Unions in Romania Brotherhood (CNSLR Fratia) - announced their intention to merge. Although the other three confederations are not in favour of joining the merger, all continue to cooperate on matters of common interest.
10 August 2004
In July 2004, a new minister of labour was appointed in Romania. One of the priorities of the new minister, Dan Mircea Popescu, is to amend the Labour Code substantially in line with the demands of employers' organisations. Trade unions are very strongly opposed to such changes.
01 July 2004
After more than six months of negotiations (RO0401104F ), a 'social stability pact' for 2004 was concluded by the government and most social partner organisations on 29 April 2004. It was also announced that this might be the last one-year agreement of this type, since from 2005 the parties will try to negotiate pacts covering the whole term office of each incoming government .  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/minimum-wage-issue-threatens-social-stability-pact-prospects
29 June 2004
Prior to its congress held in November 2003 (RO0312101N ), the National Trade Union Bloc (Blocul Naţional Sindical, BNS ) - one of Romania's main trade union confederations - commissioned a survey among its members. The aim was to identify the most urgent problems that call for union intervention, as well as the best ways of promoting members' interests. The opinion poll, conducted by IRECSON, also investigated the way that political parties are currently perceived.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/bns-trade-union-confederation-holds-congress  http://www.bns.ro/
20 April 2004
In March 2004, eight of Romania's 12 'nationally representative' employers’ organisations merged into two separate new top-level structures. The Alliance of Employers’ Confederations of Romania (ACPR) brings together two of these organisations, while the other six have created the Union of Romanian Employers (UPR).