Around 2,000 trade unionists gathered yesterday afternoon in front of the Government Office on Námestie Slobody in Bratislava to take part in countrywide protests against the government's austerity measures. Afterwards, the crowd marched towards parliament, the TASR newswire wrote.
Trades Union Confederation (KOZ) chairman Miroslav Gazdík told the protesters that the austerity measures would increase costs for an average four-member family by €400 a year, which is roughly equal to one monthly blue-collar wage. Gazdík claimed that the trade unions failed to persuade the government to increase the contribution of richer members of society to the belt-tightening measures.
KOZ is demanding a differentiated VAT rate, higher tax burden for revenues from dividends, keeping the excise tax rate for coal and natural gas, and maintaining bonuses for farmers via so-called red diesel. Furthermore, the trade unions disagree with government pension reforms.
The protest in Bratislava was the third to take place in Slovakia on Tuesday, along with regional gatherings in Košice and Žilina.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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13. Oct 2010 at 10:00