Tuesday, May 23 2023

Second day of a strike in Romania’s education system

Romanian teachers went on strike on Monday demanding higher wages and a clear timeline concerning a pay rise. As protests enterend a second day on Tuesday trade unions warned they were not expected to give up the move until Romanian government would find a solution to end the crisis. However, a new round of talks is not expected too soon as teachers rejected proposals put forward by ministry officials. More than 150,00 teachers went on strike yesterday demanding higher wages at a time when Romania’s governing coalition prepares to replace Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă, from the center-right National Liberal Party (PNL) with Marcel Ciolacu, leader of the center-left Social Democratic Party (PSD). An emergency order is expected on Tuesday concerning wages of non-teaching staff along with financial bonuses for beginners. A beginner teacher in Romania currently earns some RON 2,400 (around 500 euros) a month, which is below the average salary.

BNR’s ROBOR index in decline

The 3-month ROBOR index of Romania’s National Bank (BNR) went down at a yearly basis at 6.56 percent on Tuesday. A BNR previous meeting put ROBOR at 6.58 percent, according to data put forward by the BNR. The three-month ROBOR hit 3.02 percent early last year before a rise to 7.56 early this year. The six-month ROBOR index for variable interest on mortgage loans remained unchanged at 6.67 percent. IRCC, BNR’s reference index for consumer loans, hit 5.98 percent/year, up from 5.71 percent published three months ago.

Casa Radio Publishing House at Bookfest 2023

Casa Radio Publishing House will join the Bookfest, the international book fair between May 24 – 28 at Romexpo Exhbition Center in Romania’s capital Bucharest. Radio Romania hopes its editorial products will meet expectations of a public still praising culture as a must of the human life. Offers include collections of RRA’s “Noapte bună copii!” (Good night, children!), a special broadcast for children, along with similar Radio Prichindel broadcasts with immortal tales in audio- and audiobook format. Other collections include radio versions of famous fairy tales such as “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, “Sindbad the Sailor”, “Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves” or “Five Weeks in a Balloon”. The offer also include music, poetry and theatre masterpieces “starring” famous Romanian writers, actors and musicians. We are wainting for you at RomExpo’s A15 stand!

Alexandru Danga