(ANSAmed) - LJUBLJANA, JANUARY 23 - About 100,000 state
employees are on strike today in Slovenia to protest further
cuts to their salaries and the austerity policies of the
conservative government under Janez Jansa. The government is not
only suffering from generalised social discontent but has also
been swept up in a serious political crisis likely to lead to a
split-up of the government coalition.
State employees are rallying against the proposed 5 percent
cut to their salaries this year, after an initial one of almost
3 percent last year as part of the government's plan to reduce
public deficit to below 3 percent (compared with the 4.2 percent
seen in 2012). Almost all schools were closed today, as were
universities and cultural institutions, while hospitals provided
exclusively emergency treatment. Thousands of people are
expected to attend rallies today in about ten Slovenian cities.