5,000 protest in Romania against proposed changes to employment law

BUCHAREST, Romania — About 5,000 Romanians are protesting legislation that would make it easier for employers to fire people or demand they work longer hours.

Workers in the automobile and health sectors gathered Friday in the southern city of Pitesti to protest the changes, which the government says are needed to make the work market more flexible and increase the number of legally employed workers.

Companies say the existing laws make it difficult to fire incompetent workers and to hire people on short contracts.

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