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Romanians general strike against austerity measures, 2009

Time period
March, 2009 to November 9, 2009
Economic Justice
Total points
6 out of 10 points
Name of researcher, and date dd/mm/yyyy
Adriana Popa, 26/09/2010

In October 2009, official estimates pointed to a budget deficit of 7.3 percent of GDP for the year in Romania, with the figure constantly climbing due to increasing unemployment and falling taxation revenues. In the second quarter of 2009, the Romanian economy had shrunk by 8.7 percent in comparison to the previous year, the worst rating for an economy in the region. The Romanian government had promised in 2008 that workers’ living standards would improve and their salaries would increase, but in 2009, the country saw a wage freeze or wage cuts for 85 percent of public service workers.