Bulgaria - Agreement reached, railway strike called off - March 11, 2011

The Bulgarian state rail company (BDZ) strike announced for 10 and 11 March has been called off after unions and managers from BDZ and the National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC) signed an agreement late on 10 March. It was agreed that no redundancies will be made among the current operative staff. Also, any staff trimming would be carried out only through collective agreement, implying union consent. Additionally, any redundancies in the administration would be subject to further negotiation. Shedding 30% of the 6,000 railway staff was one of the conditions of a loan by the IMF and the European Union to the Bulgarian government. Earlier, a number of meetings between union representatives, BDZ management and government officials did not lead to a solution (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 December 2010; Year 4 January and February2011).

English: http://www.sofiaecho.com/2011/03/11/1057656_bdz-train-strike ...

 

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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