CITUBConfederation of Independent Trade Unions of Bulgaria
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The reason - protesters accuse CITUB of failing to protect Maya Ilieva's rights as a union leader.
CITUB representative thanked SEK for the assistance it has provided so far to Bulgarian workers in Cyprus and for deciding to print the Union's newspaper also in Bulgarian and Rumanian.
CITUB's organizational reforms, however, were accompanied by a steady decrease in membership.
Krastyo Petkov, an intellectual who had never held an important leadership position in the old system, but who was formerly the Director of the Trade Union Research Institute and Director of the Institute of Sociology at the Academy of Sciences, was elected as the president of the CITUB. Provisions of the new constitution include declarations that the CITUB and its members are independent of political parties and state bodies (Article 3) and that the main goal of the CITUB is the representation and protection of the rights and interest of trade union members (Article 4).
The CITUB chairman also called on Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov to listen to their calls for the payment of night work and to increase it.
Citub, Dimitrov said, would embark on consultations about a strike, which he said would persuade everyone of the unions' seriousness about the issue.
CITUB president Zhelyazko Hristov said that the proposed cutbacks could set off a wave of protests.
The trade unions will provide summary data on the share of the grey economy in the sectors of agriculture, light industry and construction, and the new mobile application of CITUB will be presented at the conference, whereby workers can report to state institutions for violated labor rights or illegal practices in the field of the gray economy.
Plamen Dimitrov, the vice-president of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB), which organised the rally, said that the protesters wanted a new consensus plan backed both by the Cabinet and opposition, as well as labour unions and employer organisations.
According to the proposal of CITUB, the salaries must increase between 12% and 15% on an annual basis and that in 2020 the average salary in Bulgaria must reach EUR 971 and the minimum should reach EUR 460.
Dnevnik said that Plamen Dimitrov, deputy chairman of trade union federation CITUB, did not buy Maslarova's optimistic forecast, warning that the jobless rate will spiral to a double-digit figure in the autumn.
This picture was presented by the President of CITUB Plamen Dimitrov at a conference on social rights.