I would rather cut the thousands of salaries going over 15,000 lei than lay off 12,000 CFR employees, Transports minister Radu Berceanu declared on Monday after a meeting with union representatives of the railway system. he declared that the ministry does not have to lay off so many people as long as unions come up with a plan to cut costs, Rador quotes.

Railway union members declared that talks will continue since today's negotiations did not lead nowhere. They added that if an agreement is not reached by the end of the week, all railway unions will protest.

Transports minister forwarded a plan to lay off some 12,000 CFR employees last week, as a measure to cut costs.