IntMin Employees to Stage Protest over Plans for Social Benefits Cut

Domestic | September 28, 2014, Sunday // 14:53|  views

Tens of thousands of employees, including police officers, have been promised they will see their salaries go up and receive social benefits, but the interim government says the previous government's move might have to be reversed. Photo by BGNES

The main union representing the staff of Bulgaria's Interior Ministry will take hundreds of employees to the streets if social rights of those working in the security sector are slashed.

In a letter to the media, it has also insisted that interim social minister Yordan Hristoskov should immediately resign, with President Rosen Plevneliev and Prime Minister Georgi Bliznashki to be held responsible if plans to slash spending at the institution are given the green light.

Union representatives have vowed they are ready for the most radical and uncompromising forms of protest allowed by law.

For weeks now the interim government has been working on a proposal to amend the 2014 budget which might include cuts of expenditures at the ministry.

According to the current version of the budget, a total of BGN 160 M in wage increase and social benefits have been granted to the institution. Some of the allocations were cut by the former Parliament in August to make sure that BGN 225 M will be transferred to the troubled National Health Insurance Fund.

The Ministry of Interior is Bulgaria's biggest employer, with a staff of 52 900 envisaged under a new statute of the institution prepared this year.

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Tags: interior ministry, wages, salaries, budget, budget deficit, caretaker government, Yordan Hristoskov, President Plevneliev, Georgi Bliznashki


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