Bulgaria - Railway unions oppose terms of loan memorandum - December 15, 2010

The two major railway unions, affiliated with the CITUB and CL Podkrepa confederations, have opposed vigorously the terms of a loan memorandum that the government signed with the World Bank, and declared determination for all-out strikes. Leaders of the two unions said to have had “long and hard talks” with representatives of the Transport Ministry, the Finance Ministry, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the memorandum. According to the union leadership the stipulation in the memorandum for a 30% reduction of the spending for personnel remained unacceptable, as they would cause massive layoffs with thousands of workers losing their jobs as well as create a direct threat to the safety of railway operations. “The railway workers will strike to the very end if the text of the memorandum is not amended,” declared the president of the KNSB railway union, Petar Bunev.

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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 at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net. © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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