Oleg Tofilat resigned on Monday as director-general of the Moldovan State Railway Enterprise (Calea Ferată din Moldova – CFM) amid salary arrears at the Moldovan state-owned company.
The resignation of the CFM chief comes against the backdrop of problems with the salaries of employees at the Moldovan Railways. More than two weeks ago, Oleg Tofilat said that the wage issue could be resolved once rail freight deliveries resume. According to the head of the CFM, the two issues are interlinked, and he said that solutions were being sought so that railway workers would no longer receive their salaries late.
Oleg Tofilat resigned. Railway workers with unpaid wages
Tofilat claimed that the problem of late payment of wages to CFM employees had become more acute precisely because of the drop in transport volumes, but it is not true that railwaymen have not received their wages for three months.
Earlier, Chisinau Infrastructure Minister Andrei Spînu said that the problem of salary arrears for Moldovan Railways employees will be solved after February, when rail freight flows will increase. In 2020 and 2021, the company was on the verge of bankruptcy due to financial problems and employees did not receive salaries for six months. In total, the company employs about 6,000 people.
Oleg Tofilat has served as CFM’s CEO since May 2021.