Podcast in English

Bulgarian National Radio © 2022 All Rights Reserved

Plamen Dimitrov: I expect a restart of the trilateral dialogue

Plamen Dimitrov
Photo: BGNES

According to the leader of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB) Plamen Dimitrov, the system of social assistance must be reformed without a reduction of the financing; the poorest pensioners can receive a bonus through the pension system but through the social assistance system.

“I am getting the impression that the future minister of labour and social policy will be from GERB party, it would be better if he or she was not a political nomination but someone who has worked in the system,” said Plamen Dimitrov, President of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria for the Bulgarian National Radio.

The United Patriots stated they were not prepared to put forward their own nomination in the sphere of labour and social policy, Dimitrov said, answering a question whether the CITUB was sceptical of a United Patriots nomination becoming social minister.

"I am expecting a restart of the dialogue at the National Council of Trilateral Cooperation before the formulation of the new programme of governance," Plamen Dimitrov added. He stated that according to the CITUB an average monthly salary of 1,500 Leva is absolutely attainable, adding that last year, the growth rate of this index stood at 10.5 percent, though 70 percent of Bulgarian workers receive salaries below the average. The way in which the United Patriots are proposing a rise in pensions calls into question the pension system as such, as well as the idea of fairness, Dimitrov said. "The social benefit system must be reformed if we want it to be efficient," he added.

Digitalization and new forms of labour will be at the focus of attention at the forthcoming congress of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria, Plamen Dimitrov said in the interview for the Bulgarian National Radio.


More from category

Rumen Radev (L) and Stevo Pendarovski  during one of their rare meetings

Rumen Radev and Stevo Pendarovski confirm readiness for dialogue

The Presidents of Bulgaria and North Macedonia Rumen Radev and Rumen Radev and Stevo Pendarovski confirm readiness for dialoguediscussed, in a telephone conversation, the preparations for the forthcoming official visit to Bulgaria by the head of state..

published on 1/21/22 3:43 PM

Effect of budget 2021 extended until 31 March

After more than two hours of debate, the National Assembly adopted, definitively, the bill on the implementation of the effect of the budget from the previous year – 2021 – until 31 March this year. The majority voted to extend the..

published on 1/21/22 3:20 PM
Hristo Ivanov

MP Hristo Ivanov: Bulgaria should not succumb to Russia’s provocations

“Bulgaria is yet another element of the Kremlin's strategy to call into question the choice of Central and Eastern European countries to join NATO”, MP Hristo Ivanov said. “We are free to choose how to protect our national security”, the..

published on 1/21/22 2:00 PM
Подкасти от БНР