Bulgaria - Nationwide railway strike announced - October 16, 2009

After some limited warning strikes, the strike committee of the joint railway unions has announced a nationwide strike unless the management of the state-owned companies agrees to their demands. Demands include being paid on time, receiving all social benefits railway workers are entitled to, and, most importantly, putting an end to the planned layoffs of 2,000 workers in the two state-owned railway companies BDZ (Bulgarian State Railways) and NKZI (National Company Railway Infrastructure). The unions are also opposed to the shutting down of railway stations and lines in poor regions. The Transport Ministry recently announced that the railways face a large deficit, blaming this largely on the policies of the former government.

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