Prime Minister Iveta Radicova hit back at trade unions today, saying they were also responsible for the current state of the economy. She was speaking out against plans of trade unions to hold protests against the government’s measures aimed at cutting the deficit.
Following the announcement earlier today by trade union confederation KOZ that a nationwide protest would be taking place on 12 October, Radicova retorted by saying the trade unions were now planning to protest against steps aimed at combating the very situation that they themselves had collaborated on.
Although Radicova admitted that consumption taxes would rise, meaning higher prices, she argued that the government was increasing salaries for teachers and preserving pensions, even the special Christmas bonus.
There is still a lot of negotiating time between now and 12 October, however, and only time will tell if compromises can be made.