Somvetra: workers begin hunger strike

Calling for the urgent solution of company problems and payment of outstanding salaries, fifteen workers at Romanian glassware manufacturer Somvetra Gherla began a hunger strike, it was reported on 6 …

Calling for the urgent solution of company problems and payment of outstanding salaries, fifteen workers at Romanian glassware manufacturer Somvetra Gherla began a hunger strike, it was reported on 6 February 2006. Hunger striker Alexandru Florian, a veteran of 31 years with the company, said the protesters expected concrete action, not only promises. Workers lost patience when they did not see the Somvetra issue included on the week“s Government agenda, as had been promised by the authorities, trade union leader Tiberiu Benta said. Over 100 Somvetra workers blocked a nearby national road in the week ended 5 February 2006 to highlight their call for immediate steps to settle unpaid salaries and company ownership issues. On 6 January 2006, privatisation agency AVAS cancelled the purchase contract for Somvetra, because Bucharest-based company Feromat SA, which had bought Somvetra on 13 December 2004, failed to invest some 50,000 EUR (USD 60,000) by the deadline of 27 December 2005, AVAS said. Somvetra stopped operation on 11 November 2005. The government promised to allocate state aid to Somvetra“s 626 workers, the Gandul daily reported on 1 February 2006.