21 juli 2005
This record reviews 2004's main developments in industrial relations in Romania.
05 juni 2005
In April 2005, four months after the new government led by the Justice and Truth Alliance (Alianţa Dreptate şi Adevăr, Alianţa DA) came to office ( RO0501103F ), relations between the government and social partners showed signs of warming up, following differences generated initially by the former's attempts to amend the Labour Code (RO0502102F ). A series of issues has arisen related to the public budget balance and deficit, following an amendment of the Fiscal Code and the introduction of a flat-rate income tax, which has resulted in a decrease in budget revenues. In the same context, the government is negotiating with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is requesting a budget deficit of less than 1% of gross domestic product and strict control of wages in state-owned companies.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/2004-annual-review-for-romania  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/proposed-labour-code-changes-prove-controversial
08 maj 2005
On 22 April 2005, between 07.00 and 09.00, a warning strike was called in the Romanian rail transport. It had the support of the five representative trade union federations in the sector: the Independent Federation of Traffic-Trade in Rail Transport (Federaţia Independentă a Sindicatelor Mişcare Comercial din Transporturile Feroviare, FISMCTF), the Federation of Engine Drivers (Federaţia Mecanicilor de Locomotivă, FML), the Federation of Trade Unions in the Train Carriage Branch (Federaţia Sindicatelor din Ramura Vagoane, FSRV), the Iron Railroad Federation (Federaţia Drum de Fier) and the Elcatel Federation (Federaţia Elcatel).
14 april 2005
In January 2005, based on a prior commitment to the International Monetary Fund and with the aim of enhancing the flexibility of the labour market, the Romanian government proposed substantial amendments to the Labour Code. Trade unions categorically oppose the proposals and have launched protest actions of unusual scale. They have, however, agreed to hold parallel negotiations on potential changes with employers’ associations, as soon as the latter have reached a joint decision on the matter.
10 april 2005
On 22 March 2005, some 60 major private producers of agricultural commodities in Romania, holding in exploitation agricultural land in excess of 1,000 hectares, set up the Major Agricultural Producers’ Organisation in Romania, PMPA. Although small-scale farmers prevail in Romanian agriculture, the organisation hopes to have its say in the near future, with the resumption of the arable land concentration process and the development of large-scale, market-oriented farms.
31 mars 2005
Not having been granted the pay rise as promised, employees in education submitted an open letter to the Prime Minister in February 2005. Though the answer was not a favourable one, trade unions continue to defend their claims and request an immediate resolution of the issue.
11 januari 2005
In October 2004, the Romanian Ministry of Labour, Social Solidarity and Family published its activity report for 2001-4. The report presents the main advances in social security, employment and social partnership over the four-year period in question.
28 november 2004
In October 2004, the Union of Romanian Employers (UPR), grouping six of Romania's nationally representative employers’ organisations (of the 14 currently in existence) held a forum, the first joint initiative of its kind. The forum drew attention to economic 'competitiveness gaps' and proposed a number of changes to current social dialogue provisions.
07 oktober 2004
In August 2004, with the number of Romanians working abroad on the rise (estimated at up to 2 million), the Ministry of Labour, Social Solidarity and Family decided to set up a Department for Labour Abroad. It plans to appoint labour attachés at certain Romanian embassies and to conclude social security and cooperation agreements with a number of European countries, plus Israel.
04 oktober 2004
In September 2004, the SANITAS Federation of healthcare workers' trade unions resumed a series of protests initiated earlier in the year, claiming that the Romanian government had failed to address all the points of a protocol on improving pay and conditions signed in July 2004. Their demands, relating mainly to pay increases and other benefits, have received support from other union organisations and professional associations.