Bulgaria -Strike disrupts train traffic -November 27, 2011

From 24 November on, services of the Bulgaria State Railways (BDZ) are disrupted by a strike, that was already announced by the unions in September. High-level negotiations to avert the strike failed. The BDZ management stuck to its plan to lay off 2,000 workers and stop some 150 trains from operating as part of austerity measures, and the government refused to sign a new collective agreement with the railway unions. By 27 November, there was no sign of a solution in sight. BDZ management said that a total of about 800 of the railways’ 27,000 employees were on strike, but had to admit that on 26 November over 60% of the scheduled trains had been halted. The BTA news agency stated that on that day not a single passenger train left the major train stations, including that of Sofia. Petar Bunev, chairman of the Trade Union of Bulgarian Railway Workers, confirmed that all employees of the National Rail Infrastructure Company and of BDZ at Sofia Central Railway Station were on strike (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 September 2011).

English: http://www.sofiaecho.com/2011/11/26/1213255_bulgarian-railway-strike-heads-into-fourth-day;



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. or the communications officer of the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. 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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