Slovenia -Massive public sector strike -January 24, 2013

About 100,000 public employees have gone on strike over cuts. The government is simultaneously in serious trouble over a corruption scandal that could strip the ruling coalition of its majority in parliament. The protests have caused regular disruption as the strike closed almost all schools, kindergartens and universities in the country of two million people. Hospitals were offering limited care with reduced staff. The strikes come in response to a plan to lay off workers and cut wages by about 5% this year. Meanwhile, about 14,000 employees in the metals and electronics industries also went on strike, demanding wage increases of up to 7.5%. Many get by on the monthly minimum wage of 784 euros.

English: http://www.dw.de/slovenian-public-unions-begin-general-strike/a-16545216

 

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