Bulgaria -Unions call off railway strike after agreement -December 18, 2011

On Saturday 17 December, the trade unions at the Bulgaria State Railways (BDZ) have called off the three-week nationwide strike against management plans to lay off 2,000 workers and stop some 150 trains from operating as part of austerity measures, while the government refused to sign a new collective agreement. On that day unions and BDZ management announced that they had reached agreement on a new contract. The unions were put under heavy pressure and the situation at the negotiating table was at times quite unclear. On 14 December union leaders said the BDZ management was practicing a lockout. On 11 December BDZ had brought into effect a new timetable, which it stated rendered the strike illegal, as arbitration decisions on various issues were valid for the previous timetable but not for the new one (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 September and November 2011).

English: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/17/bulgaria-strike-railways ...
http://www.sofiaecho.com/2011/12/11/1357460_timetable-change-makes-bulgarian …

 

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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