Miron Cozma, former trade union leaders of miners in Jiul Valley and best known for leading violent miners' "crusades" to Bucharest in the nineties, says he has already collected over 11,000 signatures of support for the establishment of a Romanian Workers Party, news agency Agerpres reports.

He said financial issues prevented him from travelling across the country to collect thousands of other signatures, as he needed 25,000 signatures to launch a party.

He said he hoped to register the new political group at the Bucharest Tribunal before the end of the year as it already had branches in 25 counties, most of them in Central and Western Romania.

Miron Cozma is best known for leading miners in violent marches and protests to Bucharest in the nineties. The protests contributed significantly to the shaping of the political life in post-communist Romania. He served a several years term for his role in the violent events.