Romania: Mining trade union expands
The Mining Energy Union (SMER) has become the Mining Energy Union Oltenia (SMEO).
Following this reorganisation, SMEO will have more than 10,000 members. It will represent the majority of employees of the Oltenia Energy Complex (CEO), the largest coal-based energy producer in Romania, which has 19,000 workers.
SMEO, as the largest trade union in the sector, may negotiate alone in future collective agreements at CEO. The current collective bargaining agreement expires at the end of February 2015 and is signed by four representative federations, including the National Mining and Energy Federation (FNME).