The Federation of Trade Unions in the National Administration of Penitentiaries (FSANP) has announced that the police officers in the penitentiaries will be on a Japanese strike on Tuesday, on Wednesday they will refuse to enter the working hours for several hours, and then they will block the activity in the prisons after learning of the plans government to raise their retirement age to 65.
“The prison police officers will carry out their professional activity on Tuesday, wearing a white armband, to draw the attention of the political class to the disaster that the prisons are in due to the bad governance of the PNL-PSD-UDMR. The Japanese strike on Tuesday will be followed of literally blocking the penitentiaries. On Wednesday, 31.05.2023, the penitentiary police officers will refuse to enter the working hours for 2-4 hours, because they are tired of being the mockery of Marcel Ciolacu and Nicolae Ciucă. The protection of military pensions vehemently trumpeted in the public space by the two politicians turned out to be a big lie and a scam of proportions, just like the PSD-PNL government,” says a press release from the FSANP.
The Federation of Trade Unions from the National Administration of Penitentiaries say that the activity in penitentiaries will be blocked by the “excess of zeal” method. This method will be applied first in Craiova, then in Bistriţa and Bacău, say the trade unionists.
Because the police officers in the penitentiaries do not have the right to strike, they will resort to “excessive zeal”, that is, strict compliance with internal regulations and procedures, say the trade unionists. The bureaucracy, the lack of staff and the precariousness of the facilities can determine that the first activity in a prison, namely “the access of employees to the penitentiary” lasts about 4 hours, an activity that usually lasts about 45 minutes, they say.
Prison officers’ representatives charge that measures such as overtaxing military pensions and raising the retirement age were taken without their consultation.
“The PSD-PNL coalition is reforming the military pension system “at the behest” of the World Bank and the European Commission, without consulting Romania’s law enforcement institutions. For the reform of military pensions, the Minister of Labor, Marius Budai, did not formally or informally request points of view from the relevant ministries (Defence, Interior, Justice), but he came with the gun in his hand from Brussels. Do the politicians of the time still represent the interests of the Romanians? The increase in the retirement age to 65 will make the penitentiary policemen retire directly into the coffin, because the life expectancy of this socio-professional category is about 62 years. The change in the calculation basis of military pensions will give prison police officers a pension below the costs of a decent life, below that minimum basket that the governors do not they never want to talk. PNL and PSD, if you don’t kill us at work, you starve us as pensioners! It sounds cynical, but you have experience. As proof, you have the cases of Romanians who died of hunger and cold in their homes, in the winter of 2022,” the FSANP statement also says.
Editor : D.R.