A meeting Thursday of the three-partite council which includes representatives of the trade unions, government and employers on an increase in retirement age proposed by the government was discontinued at the request of the employers who claim it was convened in violation of the existing regulations. The meeting was to be chaired by Prime Minister Boiko Borisov.
The trade unions too consider the meeting illegitimate, bussiness daily Dnevnik (www.dnevnik.bg) said.
At the meeting the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria was to propose legal amendments under which any changes in the employment and social insurance law would have to be approved by the threepartite council before being submitted to parliament.
The council's next meeting will probably be scheduled for December, following a protest march organised by the trade unions on November 30, and will again be chaired by Prime Minister Borisov.