Romania: Thousands of workers protest against government's planned fiscal measures

Around 8,000 workers from the automotive industry gathered at Trade Union Square in Mioveni to protest against the government's plans to transfer social contributions from employer to employee as well as to demand starting construction of Pitesti-Sibiu motorway, Tuesday. Protesters armed with signs and flags were joined by trade union representatives as they chanted against the ruling Social... Еще Democratic Party (PSD) and it's President Liviu Dragnea. «They must leave us alone, we don't want them to raise our taxes, and [we don't want] our children to suffer,» one of the protesters said. According to the plans of the ruling coalition, social contributions that are currently paid directly by the employer will have to be covered by the employee, starting from January 1st next year which would reportedly result in five percent to 25 percent reduction in salary. The proposed legislation is to be discussed this week at the cabinet meeting with protests also to be expected in Romanian capital. The small town of Mioveni, located some 140 km away from the capital city, is also home to the Dacia Renault car factory. Protesters demanded the government to comply with the French company's agreement and build Pitesti-Sibui motorway to prevent the car manufacturer from moving to a different location.

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