A group of people with a life-long employment at the Moldovan Railways Company (CFM) now risk of being left without a roof over their heads. It is the sad story of the inhabitants of a former hostel for employees without families of the State Enterprise Moldovan Railways Company, which for almost two decades turned into a vicious circle in an attempt to privatize the rooms in which they lived for years. The building, a two-storey old construction, is located right in the center of the Moldovan capital. It seems that the 21 acres-area of land on which the hostel is located, and which costs about one million Euro, is looked for heavily from private interests, since all state institutions are wrecking any attempt by the tenants to privatize the space they live in. Find out more about this case from the documentary “Umbrella” and the investigation article "At the crossroads of interests: 34 families are prevented from privatizing their housing in a former hostel of the CFM." The investigation is carried out within the project "Violation of Labor Rights in the Republic of Moldova: Journalistic Investigations", implemented by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in the Republic of Moldova in partnership with the Journalistic Investigation Center.
This is the title of a study that attempts to do a mapping of the apparel and footwear brands that produce in the Republic of Moldova as well as to clarify the role of the country in the global production chain. In the absence of credible official data on the number of enterprises and employees in a sector that occupies an important place in the country's export structure, the study tries to determine the real size of the sector, including the number of employees. The study aims also at investigating the working conditions of the employees of this industry. Thus, the study reveals, among others, various problems in this sector such as very low wages, overtime and unpaid work at the rates established by the law, envelope wages, short-term employment contracts and widespread fear among workers to claim their legal rights. The survey data indirectly confirms that the Republic of Moldova is very well integrated into the global production chain and that the clothing and footwear industry of the country is a very important sector of the national economy, which should be treated as such within the sectoral public policies. The study is conducted by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Moldova in partnership with Clean Clothes Campaign and Platzforma.