August 8, 2018 UPDATE
Sports professionals in state-owned structures on all-out strike over small salaries
STRIKE – The employees of structures subordinated to the Romanian Ministry for Youth and Sports and national sports federations are on all-out strike as of Wednesday, after having picketed the Ministry for several days without receiving any response to their salary demands. They argue that they are unable to survive and even less so to support sports performances on monthly net salaries of around 290 euros. On the other side, Andrei Nourescu, adviser to the Youth and Sports Minister, says the Ministry has submitted repeated requests to the Labour Ministry, but that a pay raise in this sector is a long-term process, which might begin on January 1 with a 25% increase.
CINEMA – The village of Sfântul Gheorghe, in the Danube Delta, south-eastern Romania, Wednesday hosted further screenings as part of the “Anonimul” International Independent Film Festival, including “The Secret of Happiness,” directed by Vlad Zamfirescu. Taking part in the official competition are 6 Romanian and international feature films and 26 short films. Productions awarded in other festivals this year are also shown, while Q&A sessions and roundtables are organised on the sidelines of the festival. The Kazakh director Emir Baigazin will be the recipient of this year’s “Anonimul” Trophy, for his contribution to the art of cinema.
FOOTBALL – Three Romanian sides are playing on Thursday away from home, in the first leg of the 3rd preliminary round of Europa League. Romanian vice-champions FCSB (formerly known as Steaua Bucuresti), take on Croatia’s Hajduk Split. Kicked out from the Champions League in the 2nd preliminary round, Romanian champions CFR Cluj are facing the Armenian side Alashkert, while the winners of Romania’s Cup CSU Craiova are playing against RB Leipzig of Germany. The second leg is scheduled next week.
(translated by: Ana-Maria Popescu)