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The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) and the Podkrepa Labour Confede... [more]

The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) and the Podkrepa Labour Confederation have joint together in protest of proposed revisions to the labour migration legislation that would make it easier for non-EU workers to enter the labour market. The unions believe that it is unnecessary to attract foreign skilled workers and that instead measures are needed to attract skilled workers back home.

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Trade unions of prison guards and judicial guards have prepared letters to the ambassadors of the... [more]

Trade unions of prison guards and judicial guards have prepared letters to the ambassadors of the EU Member States. The reason is that the problems in the sector remain unresolved for years, and the demands of their protests, which last for months, remain outstanding. Workers have organised protests at the Courts of Justice in 10 cities in the country. Recently, the trade unions decided to reject a proposed 5% increase and continue the protest action until the demands were fully met. The unions insist on a 20% increase in wages, a levelling of payments for harsh working conditions with those of police officers and solving staff problems.

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Prison officers from the prisons and remand centres from across the country staged a protest on 2... [more]

Prison officers from the prisons and remand centres from across the country staged a protest on 29 January 2018 in demand of higher wages and better working conditions. They were backed by a statement from their colleagues from the Court Guard unit, and several interior ministry officers who were off duty and joined the protest. A spokesperson from the trade union of the prison staff explained that the demands of the workers remain unchanged: 20% pay rise and equalising the remunerations with the size of the remuneration of their colleagues from the interior ministry, the State Agency for National Security and ministry of defence. Other demands include improvement of the working conditions and appointment of more staff to fill in the vacancies and new positions to be added to the staff complement.

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The national Ombudsman and the leaders of trade unions CITUB and Podkrepa submitted to Parliament... [more]

The national Ombudsman and the leaders of trade unions CITUB and Podkrepa submitted to Parliament a proposal for amendments to the Labour Code that would repeal the employer's right to pay only 60% of the salary earned or limit this right to certain circumstances and times of the year. The legislative proposal provides for the repeal of Article 245 of the Labour Code or its change in order for the employer to be entitled to pay incomplete wages for only one month of the year or in certain circumstances to be declared to the General Labour Inspectorate.

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The policemen continue with their protest marathon as long as the demands formulated by the trade... [more]

The policemen continue with their protest marathon as long as the demands formulated by the trade unions are not met. The trade unions have negotiated with the interior ministry, asking for a decent pay increase, but so far there no solution has been found. The ministry of interior promised a salary increase. However, that increase was not for all employees. According to the unions, it does not solve the problems in the sector.

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Doctors from the Lovech Hospital ‘Prof. Dr. P. Stoyanov’ came out in a protest. They handed over ... [more]

Doctors from the Lovech Hospital ‘Prof. Dr. P. Stoyanov’ came out in a protest. They handed over a declaration requesting payment of their salaries for three months to the National Assembly, the Prime Minister, the government and the Ministry of Health. The document was signed by almost all heads of wards, as well as by most doctors and nurses. The medics plan to strike if they do not get their wages for September, October and November. If no staff remuneration is paid within three days and no serious action is taken to stabilise the hospital's financial condition, effective protest actions will also be taken.

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The government has made a proposal to increase the monthly minimum wage to 510 leva (260 euro). T... [more]

The government has made a proposal to increase the monthly minimum wage to 510 leva (260 euro). The increase is announced as an 11% rise that will stimulate the labour market activity and improve both the incomes of low-paid and the purchasing power. In the same week, the government said that pensioners whose pensions are no more than 321 leva (the poverty line) will receive a 40 leva Christmas bonus. Statistical data show that around 1,243,000 pensioners will receive this Christmas allowances.

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NGO Caritas has published a country report on youth poverty online. Incomes and minimum income sc... [more]

NGO Caritas has published a country report on youth poverty online. Incomes and minimum income schemes are inadequate to cover basic living costs for vulnerable young people. There is limited access to education and professional qualifications’ training. In addition, young people experience limited access to minimum income schemes, many of which are highly insufficient. Salary levels often result in in-work poverty and income support through social transfers is insufficient.

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The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CITUB) is campaigning for higher incomes and the p... [more]

The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CITUB) is campaigning for higher incomes and the protection of fundamental workers’ rights. CITUB’s main demands are higher wages (an additional BGN 100 – 50 euro – to the monthly salary of every worker), decent pay for overtime and improvement of the rights of the workers. The union insists on a salary of at least BGN 700 for youngsters who graduated university, and who work in their specialty. The ultimate goal is a level of salaries closer to the average European level, a minimum wage that guarantees a normal living, normal payment of overtime and night work, a fair distribution of the burden between labour and capital and between rich and poor, enhanced enforcement of social and labour law, especially in the area of safety and health at work, working time, wages and social security, and a guaranteed access of every citizen to quality education and health care.

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Firefighters have started their protest against the frozen income in the system and the inadequat... [more]

Firefighters have started their protest against the frozen income in the system and the inadequate policy of the government. The workers insist on a wage increase by at least 15% in 2018. The trade union of firefighters and rescuers stated that the planned BGN 55 million in the Ministry of Interior budget for next year's salaries in the sector is insufficient. If the request is not met, joint protests with the police are considered, during the EU presidency in 2018.

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