The Bulgarian Unions Protest, Demand an Overall Increase in Wages

Earlier today, October 27th, the Confederation of Independent Unions in Bulgaria (henceforth CIUB) went out to protest unfair treatment by the employers in the country. According to the organizers of the protest about 8000 people showed up on Boulevard Dondukov in Sofia - where the Council of Ministers' and the President's Offices are situated. 

The President of the CIUB - Plamen Dimitrov addressed the issue of wages and social security, as well as sick leave. Dimitrov insists that business and industry made over 20 billion BGN (10 billion Euro) over the last year. There is a huge disparity between corporations' profit and the money they pay their employees. Dimitrov believes that it is possible for the employers to raise the wages with at least 10% starting next year. 

During the protest, Dimitrov said that the workers are the backbone of the country and that the government should respect them. Apart from using socialist rhetoric, Dimitrov does have a point. Manufacture, mining, sewing are all really important for Bulgaria and we should all respect the way people make a living. Most of the Unions' members want a reasonable raise in wages of about 100 BGN. The Unions also insist that experts who have graduated university should start with a salary as high as 700 BGN. 

 

(Picture taken from www.dnevnik.bg ) 

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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