Health insurance workers take action over pay and jobs


Over 1500 employees of the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) took part in a one-hour warning strike on 13 June organised by trade unions in the CITUB and Podkrepa confederations. The unions are calling for an increase on the basic salaries of all NHIF employees and the creation of at least 200 new full-time positions to ensure that the service can copes with new demand on the NHIF. The unions estimate that an extra BGN 10 million (€5.1m) is needed to cover these costs and wants to ensure that this is include in the NHIF budget for 2022. NHIF workers are highly qualified specialists, responsible for the administration and control of a budget of BGN 6 billion (€3.1bn) and so the unions say that gross salaries of BGN 1,000 (€510) or BGN 1,200 (€615) are completely unacceptable.

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