Public Transport Drivers Protests in Bulgaria Reach Plovdiv

Politics | May 15, 2007, Tuesday // 00:00

Public transport drivers in Bulgaria's second largest city of Plovdiv declared Tuesday a termless civil disobedience demanding the municipality to pay them outstanding wages for the last 9 months.

Following the example of their colleagues in Sofia to protest, they demanded a 100% rise of their wages.

Some 100 drivers arrived in the morning in front of the municipality's building to protest and declared they will not get back to work even on Sunday. The drivers also want the process of privatisation of the transport company to be stepped up.

As a reply to the protesters, the municipal head, Todor Petkov, said the only way for the drivers to get their money is the municipality to grant a loan to the company. But Petkov fears this might ruin the deal for selling 67% of the shares of the transport companies.

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