Railway Strike in Bulgaria Continues Into 8th Day

Business | December 1, 2011, Thursday // 10:23|  views

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Talks between trade unions and the management of Bulgarian State Railways (BDZ) continue as the strike of railway workers enters its eight day.

Bulgaria's railway workers have been protesting against a government plan to lay off 2000 out of BDZ's 13 000-plus workers, and to stop some 150 trains from operation.

The new round of negotiations is expected to revolve around the terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement after the issue was brought up for discussion on Wednesday, the seventh day of protests.

The unions have voiced discontent with the entire collective agreement from 2009, which expired in April, and have called for a new contract, which the management of the company railway has opposed.

According to Anel Ignatov, Spokesperson for the strike committee at BDZ Passenger Transport, the protests will continue until the signing of a strike agreement.

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