Unions secure budget and pay improvements

Bulgaria

Protests organised by the CITUB and Podkrepa confederations have produced positive outcomes in the state budget with additional funds for a range of public services include provisions for pay increases in several areas. Municipal administrations will get BGN 30.3m (€15.5m) for salary increases while pay in regional administrations is set to rise by 10% on average. Workers covered by interior ministry responsibilities could see pay rises of up to 20% while employees in agencies dealing with social assistance, employment and labour inspection will see personnel costs increase by BGN 26m (€13m) to cover the additional work done in response to the pandemic. Meanwhile, the warning strike of over 1500 employees of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) produced results with an additional BGN 2.1m (€1.1m) being allocated to staff costs.

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