Bulgarian Govt to Lay Off 40 000 State Servants
Bulgaria's Socialist-led government is getting ready to lay off 40 000 State servants, according to a letter of Finance Minister, Petar Chobanov.
The letter has been sent to other ministers from the Cabinet and to a number of institutions' heads, asking them to coordinate efforts in preparing State budget 2014, keeping in mind that their estimates must include 10% staff reduction.
Prime Minister, Plamen Oresharski, and the Finance Ministry have confirmed the information that about 40 000 administration employees (10%) will be dismissed.
According to unconfirmed information, several large administration structures will be exempt.
The layoffs will be effective January 1, 2014. They will, most likely, begin on December 1, as the Labor Code mandates a month-long warning.
The deadline for ministers to present to Chobanov proposals for staff reduction is October 16.
Meanwhile, the trade unions report tensions, anxiety and rumors among State servants as the news of layoffs spread. The unions warn of strikes and rallies over the decision. Union leaders inform that employees of the National Health Insurance Fund, NZOK, are already planning a strike.
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And many public 'servants' here seem anything but. If you dare to need something when they are on one of their numerous coffee breaks or chatting with their friends you get insulted, and these kind of servants do not seem to know what they are doing, many having to ask younger staff. Then they have you running up and down the stairs or around town getting one piece of paper and when you return, they tell you to get another one from one of the place you have just been. Public servants, my eye! Time for a clearout - or some serious training in public relations
It's about time some of these State/Public servants were culled under any government. They have been living on easy street and have become too comfortable with their "do little" or "do nothing" jobs. The most they have to do everyday is show up, clock on and clock off. And to be fair, this is quite common and the norm of any public servant job anywhere in the world. And BG like anywhere has an overbloated number of "employees" in the system and on the payroll.
Well what do you expect Optimistic? When your glorious government of experts fires all the non-partisan NRA leadership & reinstates some old clueless Commies, you shouldnt seem surprised when the amount of taxes collected drops by millions of BGN. The shortfall has to come from somewhere - this is just on of the prices you will have to pay for a return to your socialist utopia.