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Bulgaria: 'Driven by fear and worry' - Thousands of workers march in Sofia to demand higher wages03:35

Bulgaria: 'Driven by fear and worry' - Thousands of workers march in Sofia to demand higher wages

Bulgaria, Sofia
November 11, 2022 at 20:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands of workers took to the streets of Sofia on Friday to demand higher wages amid soaring inflation and rising energy bills.

The protest was organised by two of Bulgaria’s largest trade unions, the Confederation of Labour “Podkrepa” and the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB).

The workers were seen wearing purple union vests and waving flags and banners as they gathered outside the Bulgarian parliament building.

“We are all here to demand a decent income. Enough optimizations, enough reforms. We want income adjusted according to inflation,” said Ivaylo Petkov from Podkrepa.

“We have gathered here from all over the country, driven by fear and worry before the coming winter. Will there be heating and lighting in our homes, in kindergartens, in Bulgarian schools?,” said Ilya Ilyev, a member of CITUB.

The protest continued with a motorcade of over 1,000 cars through central Sofia, causing major traffic jams.

Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest member, is governed by a caretaker Cabinet after the country held its fourth general election in less than two years. The weakened government have yet to publish a national budget for 2023.

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Thousands of workers took to the streets of Sofia on Friday to demand higher wages amid soaring inflation and rising energy bills.

The protest was organised by two of Bulgaria’s largest trade unions, the Confederation of Labour “Podkrepa” and the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB).

The workers were seen wearing purple union vests and waving flags and banners as they gathered outside the Bulgarian parliament building.

“We are all here to demand a decent income. Enough optimizations, enough reforms. We want income adjusted according to inflation,” said Ivaylo Petkov from Podkrepa.

“We have gathered here from all over the country, driven by fear and worry before the coming winter. Will there be heating and lighting in our homes, in kindergartens, in Bulgarian schools?,” said Ilya Ilyev, a member of CITUB.

The protest continued with a motorcade of over 1,000 cars through central Sofia, causing major traffic jams.

Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest member, is governed by a caretaker Cabinet after the country held its fourth general election in less than two years. The weakened government have yet to publish a national budget for 2023.