Bucharest public transport strike ends after five days

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Buses and trams were running again in the Romanian capital after a public transport  that  snarled traffic and cost the company millions of euros, ended Tuesday after five days.

Some 90% of buses and trams were operating on Tuesday morning, the Bucharest Transport Company said,  Agerpres news agency reported.

„After a five-day  illegal  strike that paralyzed the capital and caused massive financial damages to the company, employees understood that they can’t ignore the law and obligations to residents in Bucharest metropolitan area,” Adrian Crit said.

He accused union leaders of “manipulating” employees.

“Their demands have nothing to do with improving work conditions. They merely want to serve their own purposes. This morning, our employees understood they have to respect the law and the public.”

Passengers are recommended to use the InfoTB application to check which buses are running. The application provides real-time updates about travel and can be downloaded on n App Store or Google Play.

The strike began on Thursday and carried out until  Monday. Strikers said they wanted higher salaries, better working conditions and the resignation of the company manager.

A court rule the walkout illegal on the first day, but it continued.

The strike had a political undertones. The union leader is a city hall councilor and an opponent of Bucharest mayor Nicusor Dan. He resigned as councilor on Monday.



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