Romanian gov't seeks confidence vote for Labor Code

09:02, March 01, 2011      

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The Romanian government will seek a confidence vote in Parliament to adopt new Labor Code next Tuesday, announced vice-president of the Senate Ioan Chelaru on Monday after the bicameral Parliament's standing Bureaus established the schedule.

"It was established that the prime minister was going to undertake responsibility in the Parliament on March 8, at 10:00," said Chelaru, adding that amendments to the bill are expected until Friday evening.

The government adopted in its Monday meeting the bill amending the Labor Code, for which it decided to seek a confidence vote.

The opposition coalition has said it will submit a non- confidence motion in Parliament over the bill. It signed Monday a protocol with the trade unions and the employers' associations for mutual support in the anti-governmental move.

Prime Minister Emil Boc said that he was not worried about non- confidence vote.

"I have been never worried about or afraid of a vote of no confidence, the less of this one lodged against the Labour Code, because this new code is absolutely necessary for the Romanians to find a job more easily, on one hand, and for employers to employ those who need a job, more easily, on the other hand," he said.

The incumbent government last year has survived several votes of non-confidence prompted by the austerity measures it implemented amid the economic crisis.

According to the Constitution of Romania, the government can take responsibility before the Parliament for a bill. If, within three days after the government's move, the lawmakers do not initiate a non-confidence motion against the ruling line-up, the bill shall be considered adopted. If, on the other hand, the non- confidence motion reaps a majority vote in Parliament, the government shall be dismissed.

The opposition needed at least 236 votes of the 471-seat parliament to oust the government. Opposition parties currently have a total of 214 seats in the parliament.

Source: Xinhua

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