Bulgaria - Railway union plans strike - February 21, 2011

Employees of State Railway Company BDZ are likely to go on strike on 10 and 11 March, with the final date for the strike action yet to be decided. “It is not a matter if there will be a strike or not, but when,” Petar Bunev, president of the KNSB railway union told a television station, “My personal opinion is that the strike must commence after the holidays, so that ordinary people are not affected.” The union remains opposed against the conditions of a loan by the IMF and the European Union, stipulating that BDZ and the National Railway Infrastructure Company (NRIC) ultimately have to shed 30% of their staff or about 6,000 people, and asks that strategies should be developed for expansion of BDZ and NRIC instead. A number of meetings with government ministers did not lead to a solution (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 3 December 2010 and Year 4 January 2011).

English: http://www.sofiaecho.com/2011/02/21/1047649_bulgarian-state-rail ...

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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