2010年5月27日星期四

羅馬尼亞人抗議削減工資和退休金為銀行利潤

羅馬尼亞人抗議削減工資和退休金為銀行利潤
Romanians protest wage and pension cuts for profit of banks

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 13:17

羅馬尼亞人抗議削減工資和退休金
Romanians protest wage and pension cuts

In one of the largest mass protests since the fall of communism, around 50,000 Romanians took to the streets of Bucharest on Wednesday.
自共產主義倒台後的其中一個最大的群眾抗議,大約 5萬羅馬尼亞人週三走上布加勒斯特街頭。
They are furious at drastic cuts to state wages and pensions proposed by the government to reduce the country’s ballooning budget deficit.
他們對由政府提出國家減少氣球預算赤字,以大幅度削減工資和退休金感到憤怒。
“I am a pensioner after 40 years of working and they want to cut 15 per cent of our pensions. How will we live from now on?” asked one angry woman.
“我工作40年,是領取養老金的,他們要削減我們的退休金百分之十五,我們從現在開始將如何生活呢?“一位憤怒的女人問。
Protesters say they should not have to pay for the government’s corruption. But the government says its hands are tied.
示威者說,他們不應該要支付政府的貪腐,但政府表示它的雙手被捆綁。
Romania is deep in recession and has already received one instalment of an IMF loan package in order to be able to pay wages.
羅馬尼亞處於嚴重衰退,並已收到一期國際貨幣基金組織貸款方案,以便能夠支付工資。
“It was the government’s decision to move ahead with concentrating more on the expenditure cut side,“ said Jeffrey Franks, IMF mission chief for Romania. “They feel that expenditures have gotten out of control in recent years and the best way to attack their budget problem is to concentrate on the expenditure side. This was their decision.”

The government says it has to make savings or it will not receive the much-needed second instalment of the IMF bailout. But pensioners in Romania feel the state has gambled away their living, leaving them fearful for the future.

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