Bulgarian trade union protest unity move implodes on launchpad

A day after it emerged that Bulgaria’s trade unions were forming a joint strike action committee, raising hopes among anti-government protesters of solidarity, the move rapidly fell apart.

The Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) will go ahead with protest action on November 20, but it will be largely in connection with the wage demands of employees in the health sector.

The protest will march to the cabinet office, where a declaration will be handed to Tanya Andreeva, health minister in the Bulgarian Socialist Party government.

CITUB head Plamen Dimitrov told local media that neither anti-government protesters, who for more than 153 days consecutively have been demanding the resignation of the BSP government, nor pro-government demonstrators (customarily a vastly smaller group) would be welcome to join the march.

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