The Romanian country seminar, in the context of the European research project EUROSOFIN, organized by Trade Union Federaton from Inssurance and Banks (FSAB), took place in Bucharest on November 12, 2014. Present at the one-day meeting were trade unions and employers‘ representatives from the most important Romanian private banks (BCR ERSTE, BRD GSG, Raiffeisen, UniCredit), the social partners from the banking sector (FSAB and CPBR), as well as researchers from Austria, France, Luxembourg and Romania.
The objectives of the Romanian country seminar were to discuss and analyse the economic ans social developments in Romania with a special focus on the banking sector, during the crisis, to provide examples of good practice from the sector, and to discuss in a comparative and transnational perspective, challenges impacting the sector.
Identified challenges included the legal and institutional framework on social dialogue and the big impact of the changes of social legislation during the crisis, on restructuring, the main types/paterns of restructuring and the impact on the employment and wellbeing at the workplace, but also good cases of restruturing and related practices including reskilling and retraining.
After a brief introduction by Laurentiu Andronic, the project coordinator for Romania, and a presentation of EUROSOFIN objectives by Vassil Kirov from CEPS/INSTEAD, the first part of the seminar focused on the Romanian banking sector, restructuring practices and social dialogue. The raporteur for Romania, Laurentiu Andronic, presented the Eurosofin National Report on social dialogue and restructuring in the Romanian banking sector. The following discution was dedicated to the feedback of the participants related to the national report, but also to answer the questions coming from national and european participants. The main subjects discussed were related to layoffs, related social criteria and affected groups and regions, the new technologies in the field and the new competencies requested by these, as well as to outsourcing processes. The importance of the measures to attenuate the negative consequences on employees, in view of socially responsible restructuring was mentioned.
The first part of the workshop ended with the presentation of a good practice case about restructuring, namely the NEXT program, about the restructuring of the retail network at BCR Erste. The case was presented by Andreea Voinea, Executive Manager of the HR Division, together with Adela Badescu, the President of SIBCR trade union. The presentation was followed by vivid debates about this case, which applied in many ways the model of a socially responsible restructuring.
The second part of the workshop was dedicated to the exchange of experience at European level and consisted of the presentation of social dialogue and restructuring in banking sectors from Austria, France and Luxembourg. The presenters were Christoph Herman for Austria, Virginie Bussat for France and Vassil Kirov for Luxembourg. The Romanian participants were very interested in the tendencies about the restructuring in these countries, the legislative and institutional frame, but especially in the models of good practice which could contain transferable elements.