As inflation rates soar, thousands of people protest in Bulgaria about wages.



In Bulgaria, thousands of protestors have taken to the streets to call for greater wages as the nation is being slammed by soaring inflation rates.

Protesters gathered in front of the parliament building on Friday for a demonstration organised by the two largest trade unions in the nation. They carried banners and chanted for higher pay.

The unions gave the government a joint declaration to speed up the adoption of next year’s budget to avoid the risk of freezing the minimum wage at its current level despite inflation.


The declaration also called for support for large groups of people that were exposed to energy poverty before winter and the protection of labour rights.

The protest continued with a procession of more than 1,000 cars, passing along the main boulevards in the capital, Sofia, causing significant traffic jams.

According to report, currently, Bulgaria is governed by a caretaker cabinet with limited powers after emerging from its fourth general election in less than two years.

The election produced a fragmented parliament and no viable coalition, leaving the country in political gridlock.

Lyuboslav Kostov, the top economic expert of the independent labour unions, urged legislators to do their job and form a government which will submit a state budget for next year.


He explained that the new budget must include an increase in minimum wages if the country wants to join the eurozone on January 1, 2024.

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