Bulgaria Police Protest in Sofia Despite Government Pledge to Discuss Planned Pay Cuts
Bulgarian police officers gathered in front of Parliament building in Sofia on Sunday afternoon to protest against planned cuts in their social benefits despite a pledge by the government to withdraw the controversial legislation from parliament and discuss it with unions.
The protesters demand that the government abandon its plan to cut the one-off compensation paid upon retirement, additional payments pegged to the number of years in service as well as the duration of paid annual leave for Interior Ministry employees.
An announcement made by Interior Minister Rumyana Bachvarova on Sunday morning failed to prevent protest action of police officers and other Interior Ministry employees.
Bachvarova said that the controversial articles in the 2016 budget draft relating to cuts in the social benefits package of Interior Ministry employees will be witdrawn from parliament to be discussed with trade unions.
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