Romania: Thousands of workers protest plan to hike taxes
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Romania: Thousands of workers protest plan to hike taxes

Thousands of state workers protested in the Romanian capital on Wednesday against the Social Democrats-led government’s plan to shift social security taxes to employees. The government, which also aims to reduce income tax to 10 percent from 16 percent, plans to cut social security payments from Jan. 1 to 35 percent from 39.25 percent. But payments are now jointly made by workers and employers. About 3,000 public sector workers in Bucharest demanded the cabinet scrap the plan to shift the burden of social security taxes to employees. Protesters blew whistles and some held banners saying: “We pay you to serve, not mock us.”


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