A federation that represents non-governmental social services said the decree could lead to 2,000 people with disabilities losing their jobs
A disabled man sits in his wheelchair while taking part in a protest outside the Labour Ministry in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. Hundreds of disabled people joined the protest to express their anger at a government emergency decree that changes the current law and no longer obliges companies with more than 50 employees to hire a number of disabled people or use the services of a department that hires special needs personnel which could lead to 2,000 disabled people losing their jobs.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda), photo: AP/Vadim Ghirda
22 of August 2017 19:28:29
BUCHAREST – People with disabilities have protested outside Romania's labor ministry against a measure they say could leave them jobless.About 200 protesters — some in wheelchairs, others with crutches — carried banners Tuesday in Bucharest saying "We want to work, not beg!"They were angry at a government emergency decree that means companies with more than 50 employees no longer have to hire a certain number of disabled people or to use a department that hires special-needs personnel.It is scheduled to take effect Sept. 1.[caption id="attachment_71435" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] A woman passes in her wheelchair by the Labour Ministry in Bucharest, Romania, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, during a protest by disabled people that she was not attending. Photo: AP/Vadim Ghirda[/caption]A federation that represents non-governmental social services said the decree could lead to 2,000 people with disabilities losing their jobs.A statement said, "We refuse to be considered invisible and unimportant and to ... obey decrees that can change our lives with a single signature."