Romania has been hit by a massive public sector strike, described as the country’s most wide-ranging protest since the fall of communism.
Health and education workers, as well as police and prison guards, are among hundreds of thousands taking industrial action. Tax office staff also downed tools over expected pay cuts in the public sector, under belt-tightening reforms required by the IMF in return for anti-crisis aid. Just days after Romania’s ruling coalition fell apart, the strike puts further pressure on the minority government. The industrial action also comes ahead of next month’s presidential election.