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Unions hope protest rally will 'move government'

The Trade Unions Confederation, a Slovak labour umbrella group, said it hoped that its national protest rally scheduled for September 25 in Bratislava would force the government to accept labour's demands. Unions have been lobbying for measures that will reduce the effect of government's May 31 austerity package on the country's poorest citizens.

Unions Confederation President Ivan Saktor told a press conference on September 22 that Slovakia had fallen to the level of a developing country, with real employment now below two million people.

The unions protest rally was to be staged between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the SNP square in downtown Bratislava. The organizers expected 50,000 people to come on 850 buses from all over Slovakia.

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