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Bulgarian railway workers strike for 2nd day

November 25, 2011
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SOFIA, Bulgaria—Trains in Bulgaria are coming to a halt for a second day as railway workers protest planned layoffs and salary freezes.

Railway workers are demanding the scrapping of a state railways reform plan which includes the layoff of 2,000 of the railways' 13,000 workers, the cancellation of 138 train services, and increasing fare prices by up to 15 percent.

The head of the heavily indebted company, Vladimir Vladimirov, said Friday that if the strike goes on for more than ten days, it will lose its customers permanently and could go bankrupt.

The trade unions said the strike will continue daily, with no trains running between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., until a compromise is reached.

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