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The National Tripartite Cooperation Council have met to discuss the cabinet's proposal to raise t... [more]

The National Tripartite Cooperation Council have met to discuss the cabinet's proposal to raise the minimum wage from 260 euro a month to 286 as of January 1, 2019.The employers' organizations are against the increase in the minimum wage. Government also plans to increase minimum pension by 5, 7%. Another point of discussion for the social partners is the increase of the remuneration for night work. The union offers it to become a percentage of the minimum wage for the country – 0, 5% of it for one hour of night work.

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More than 2000 of coal miners and energy workers took to the streets of downtown Sofia to demand ... [more]

More than 2000 of coal miners and energy workers took to the streets of downtown Sofia to demand job security. The miners want the government to guarantee that their jobs will be preserved whilst closing mines to tackle climate change. Union officials say that 150,000 jobs are at risk should the biggest coal mines and energy plants in south-eastern part of the country close down.

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Trade union CITUB says the presented draft budget for 2019 is the closest match to the demands of... [more]

Trade union CITUB says the presented draft budget for 2019 is the closest match to the demands of trade unions compared to other budgets so far. This month the government presented the draft budget for 2019 to the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (CITUB). The draft envisages an increase in all wages in the budget sector by 10% on average from next year.

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The Confederation of Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) has put forward a proposal to introduce a m... [more]

The Confederation of Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) has put forward a proposal to introduce a minimum non-taxable income at the level of the national minimum wage. The minimum non-taxable income means less tax from low income groups and will increase their consumption power. According to CITUB this new policy could help to reduce inequality, pointing out that the country has a Gini coefficient higher than 40%.

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According to the National Statistical Institute, the average gross monthly wage increased by an a... [more]

According to the National Statistical Institute, the average gross monthly wage increased by an annual 8.2% to 1,125 BGN (575.2 euro) in the second quarter of 2018. Highest wages were registered in the information and communication sector, followed by financial and insurance activities. The lowest gross salary, was recorded in the sector of accommodation and food services. The statistics reveal that the total income average per household member during the second quarter of 2018 was 1,474 BGN; an increase by 8.7% compared to the same quarter of 2017.

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The World Bank Group and the National Statistical Institute published a report on income and pove... [more]

The World Bank Group and the National Statistical Institute published a report on income and poverty, as a result of the project ‘Mapping poverty in the new EU member states’. The main project objective was to calculate the shares of population at-risk-of poverty at low territorial levels (districts and municipalities). The results of the analysis reveal that there are two concentrations. One of them is in the northwest part of the country and is bordering better off municipalities, while the other one is in the east of the country’s centre. The data on working poor indicate that employment is not, by itself, sufficient to overcome poverty.

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The president of trade union CITUB is optimistic if wages keep growing in real terms at the prese... [more]

The president of trade union CITUB is optimistic if wages keep growing in real terms at the present pace, they will reach 60% of the European average in four years' time. The director of the Institute for Social and Trade Union Studies at CITUB, on the other hand, said that despite a GDP growth rebound to 2.4% for 2017 and 2.3% expected for 2018, the labour market is deeply scarred by wounds which need to be healed while the social safety nets are gasping. They both spoke to the press during the presentation of ‘Benchmarking Working Europe 2018’.

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The Institute for Trade and Social Studies of trade union CITUB came up with the latest data (for... [more]

The Institute for Trade and Social Studies of trade union CITUB came up with the latest data (for the first quarter of 2018) on the necessary living wage. A four-person household with two adults and two children needs BGN 2340 per month (1196 euro). This is necessary to cover the cost of food, housing, health, transport and leisure. The study shows substantial regional differences with the necessary funds for a normal living of a four-person household in Sofia at BGN 3055 (1562 euro). The capital exceeds the average levels of life support in the country by 30.5%. In total, 73.3% of households live with a total income under the necessary means of subsistence.

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While the responsible minister states that an increase of 18% in teacher salaries will certainly ... [more]

While the responsible minister states that an increase of 18% in teacher salaries will certainly happen from 1 January 2019, trade unions insist that this should happen earlier from October this year. According to statistics the average age of teachers is 55 years. The trade union claim that the reason for the lack of young people working in education is low wages.

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A trade union report on wage bargaining in 2017 reveals that computer specialists receive about f... [more]

A trade union report on wage bargaining in 2017 reveals that computer specialists receive about five and a half times the average salary for hotel and restaurant workers. The report was made by trade union CITUB. The average salary in 2017 increased by about 12% or 115 leva and reached 1060 leva (542 euro). The union stated that the low salary of the employed in the tourism sector meant, against the backdrop of the sector’s growth in 2017, either a payment under the table or an improper allocation of the financial resources. According to CITUB, this summer there will be no serious increase in the number of employees in tourism. According to Eurostat figures, the hourly labour costs in 2017 were with 4.9 euro an hour the lowest in the EU. With 12% the country had the second-highest increase among non-euro zone countries.

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