Bulgaria - Government frustrates anti-crisis package - May 24, 2010

In February 2010, the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CITUB) and the Confederation of Labour Podkrepa expressed their discontent with the implementation of the government’s anti-crisis programme. They initiated negotiations with the six representative employer organisations, and in March the social partners submitted a package of 50 short-term anti-crisis measures to the government. On March 30, subsequent negotiations in the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation (NCTC) ended up in an agreement on 59 anti-crisis measures. The 60th measure was proposed by the government covering that the employer would pay for the first two days of sick leave and that the third day would be at the expense of the employee. The trade unions opposed this proposal, claiming that it violates the social rights of employees. In late April, the government frustrated the partnership just created when it tried to implement the 60th measure unilaterally and also proposed new measures for unused paid leave. This move generated fierce opposition by the trade unions.

English: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/2010/04/articles/bg1004019i.htm


This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) M.vanKlaveren@uva.nl. You may find further information on the ETUI atwww.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.

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