All staff working for the National Society of Lignite Oltenia (SNLO) will be sent into technical redundancy between June 15 and July 15. They will receive 75% of their salary, SNLO reps announce, cited by AFP. The decision was met after stock reached an extremely high level.

SNLO leader Daniel Burlan said demands plummeted closed to zero, after several months of constant decrease. Deposits are high. The miners will receive 75% of their income and will return to work on July 15.

Plus, the company will sack 600 employees, most of them close to the retiring age.

Lignite deliveries dropped, especially important energy consumer companies reduced or shut down their activity.

Union leader Marin Condescu appeared convinced that coal exploitation in Romania will continue at least until 2025, AFP informs.