Authorities plan on launching an online platform with information on the rights of the Romanian workers abroad by the end of the year
Romanians working abroad will be able to access an online platform providing them with information on their rights. Funded with EU structural funds and co-implemented by the National School for Political and Administrative Studies, alongside other universities and public institutions from nine European states, the platform will become functional by the end of the year and will provide information in 11 languages.
The coordinator of the project with the National School for Political and Administrative Studies, Sonia Dragomir, speaks about the problems facing posted workers.
Sonia Dragomir: “There are problems such as salary rights and payment procedures, precarious work conditions, the fact that they get no occupational health and safety instructions. Then there are linguistic barriers – they usually don’t speak the language of the country they work in, and they scarcely benefit from a counselor to facilitate communication with their employers. In most cases, NGOs and trade unions come to their aid”.
Some 35% of Romania’s active population has sought employment abroad in the last ten years, state advisor and Coordinator of the Department for Sustainable Development, Laszlo Borbely, has said. Putting a stop to this exodus of workforce is one of the 17 objectives stipulated in the National Strategy for Sustainable Development. Laszlo Borbely says that each ministry should have a task force on sustainable development.
Laszlo Borbely: “These 17 objectives cover everything a society has: social problems, economic problems, all sorts of problems. It may sound complicated, as there are 17 objectives and 169 targets, with 244 indicators defined by the UN, but there are very useful things we can accomplish for communities, big and small”.
The latest study on the Romanian Diaspora, commissioned by RePatriot and conducted by Open-i Research, shows that 57% of Romanians living abroad want to return home, while 56% of them want to invest in Romania, with corruption being the main barrier. On the other hand, 43% of Romanians in the Diaspora estimate things will improve in the future, as against only 26% who think that things will get worse, the study also shows.