Sofia Mayor Urges for Delay on Transport Strike

Politics | May 9, 2007, Wednesday // 00:00

Sofia Mayor Boyko Borisov, whose party GERB is one of the key players in the upcoming MEP elections has urged union leaders to postpone the transport workers' strike until after the votes have been cast.

Borissov sent letters to KNSB leader Konstantin Trenchev and Podkrepa head Zhelyazko Hristov, urging them to delay the strike planned for May 2.

"As a mayor of the biggest and most dynamic city in the country, I am concerned of its condition and obligated to ensure the comfort of all Sofia citizens, but I also support the just demands of the transport workers," Borissov wrote. He suggested that if the government doesn't comply with the drivers' demands, and there is no getting around the strike, than it should at least be delayed until May 21, the day after the elections.

He explained that his request aimed at cutting �all political insinuations on the topic and the associations with facts and years long past." This would, on the one hand stop the political bickering on the matter and on the other give the government enough time to comply so workers wouldn't have to go on strike, Borissov thinks.

The strike committee's head Pavel Hristov has commented that drivers probably wouldn't agree with Borissov's suggestion but they will discuss it on Thursday nevertheless.

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