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The Sofia Municipality proposes a 10% wage hike for public transport in the city and the reductio... [more]

The Sofia Municipality proposes a 10% wage hike for public transport in the city and the reduction of overtime work. With the 10% wage hike salaries will rise to 587.99 euro a month. Furthermore the municipality is planning to improve working conditions. Whether drivers are satisfied with the measures will become clear after the decision of the transport committee.

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In relation to the forthcoming European elections Euronews has produced a series of reports on so... [more]

In relation to the forthcoming European elections Euronews has produced a series of reports on some of the major issues concerning Europe and its citizens. In one of these reports the working conditions of textile workers in the country are investigated. The report shows that while many international brands have outsourced their textile production to the country, working conditions remain poorly. Not only are the workers experiencing a lot of work pressure, payment is also a serious problem with the average net wage just between 320 and 350 euro a month. Despite a rise of 10% in January 2019 the country’s minimum wage is still the lowest in the EU.

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According to data of trade union CITUB the average wage in the country only covers 72% of the ave... [more]

According to data of trade union CITUB the average wage in the country only covers 72% of the average costs of living. This means that a lot of people in the country struggle to make ends meet. Especially so as only 30% of the population receives an average or above-average wage. However, the situation seems to be slowly progressing. While over the last ten years the costs of living in the country have increased with 25%, in the same period salaries have increased with 65%.

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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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