Romania was used as a ‘guinea pig’ by foreign investors with the support of lenders, as a test case in the EU to weaken workers’ rights to bargain for higher salaries, details academic research.
“We are paid as if we were a country of unqualified workers”. Union leaders and labour rights experts reveal, in figures, the catastrophic consequences of the laws that have turned Romania into the country of the working poor.
Since 2008 there were more than 400 labor law changes in the EU countries. But 4 out of 5 of the new jobs are either fixed-term or part-time. Deregulating may have boosted precarious contracts. And that’s being noticed in Brussels’ political cabinets.