Police Officers Clocked Up 250 Hours of Overtime Guarding Anti-Govt Protests in Bulgaria
The anti-government protests in Bulgaria, which have been going on for over two months, have resulted in over 200 extra hours of work, apart from the 50 hours of overtime specified in employment contracts, for police officers, according to Vasil Marinov, Deputy Interior Minister.
In a Friday interview for the Focus news agency, he said that the Interior Ministry was unable to pay police officers for these extra hours of work.
He pointed out that the Interior was preparing an ordinance on rewarding the police officers who put in long hours.
"This is done so that they can be compensated in some way, although it will not even be remotely what they deserve. These officials need to get recognition for their work," he stated.
Marinov informed that a new Interior Ministry Bill would increase the amount of hours recognized as overtime from 50 to 70-75, following the proposal of trade union representatives at the Interior.
The series of protests in Bulgaria started on June 14 in response to the election of controversial media tycoon Delyan Peevski as a head of the State Agency for National Security (DANS).
Although the appointment was cancelled, the move did not appease public discontent and the people went on to demand the resignation of the socialist-led government of Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski over ties with oligarchs, as well as early elections.
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