Bucharest residents prepare for day six of public transport strike

The Romanian capital has barely seen any public transport vehicles on its streets over the past five days, despite a court ruling the strike to be illegal. [Shutterstock / Vlad Ispas]

The Bucharest authorities have reached no agreement with the representatives of public transport workers, which staged a strike at the end of last week demanding higher wages.

The Romanian capital has barely seen any public transport vehicles on its streets over the past five days, despite a court ruling the strike to be illegal.

The strike, which started on Thursday (20 January) morning, has led to the cancellation of almost all bus, trolleybus, and tram services, causing crowding of the underground lines, which a different company operates.

The activity of STB, the company that operates the above-ground transport in Bucharest, was paralysed as of 20 January, after unions called a strike after failed negotiations with the company management. The Bucharest Tribunal ruled that the STB strike was illegal and ordered the immediate resumption of service, but few vehicles went on the road over the past few days.

The unions’ attitude is ”mafia-like” and party-driven, said Bucharest Mayor Nicusor Dan.

On Monday, which was a national holiday in Romania, about a quarter of STB vehicles were working.

Negotiations between the public transport company and the unionists ended on Monday without an agreement, but all transport lines resumed services early morning on Tuesday.

(Bogdan Neagu | EURACTIV.ro)

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