Hundreds of Romanians have been demonstrating against their government’s austerity measures. They marched on the presidential palace in Bucharest, angry at plans to slash public sector pay by a quarter… and pensions by fifteen per cent.
“We’ve nothing left to lose,” says one woman. “We have to fight the cuts.”
“We have already taken strike action…to win our dispute with the government,” says another protestor.
The austerity measures were announced to comply with conditions laid down by the International Monetry Fund for a big loan. But the constitutional court in Bucharest ruled the public sector pay cuts illegal.
Now ministers plan to introduce new measures to Parliament.