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01 Mar. 2021 / 15:38

Moldova's railway crisis is worsening

The pandemic crisis is pushing one of the most important state-owned enterprises. Starting with March 1 and for two weeks, the employees of the state enterprise Calea Ferată a Moldoveă (CFM) will be technically unemployed due to the pandemic, reports Moldova 1. During this period, railway workers will receive only 75 percent of their salary.

However, CFM employees say they do not know when they will receive this money, as they have not seen their wages for more than three months. Even so, they live in fear of losing their jobs at any time. On the other hand, the company's management says it has plans to develop this sector.

According to local public authorities, around 300-400 people use the train daily to travel from Calarasi to Chişinău. Thus, being an overloaded race, the train does not provide enough seats.

The interim general director of CFM, Adrian Onceanu, refused to comment on the situation. Earlier, however, during a press briefing, the CFM management gave assurances that, if no artificial obstacles are created, "the institution will return to a normal development path". "But make sure that the concern shown towards CFM is an additional impulse, but not an obstacle in ensuring a present and future worthy of the state enterprise Calea Ferată din Moldova," Vitalie Mucan, CFM's first deputy director, told the press.

Earlier, in some districts, railway workers went out to protest, dissatisfied that they did not receive their salaries. CFM's debts to employees exceed the amount of 60 million lei. The company's management attributes this to the fact that, due to the pandemic crisis, the volume of passenger and freight traffic has decreased.

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