Public sector strike cripples Slovenia amid political woe
AFPLJUBLJANA, Slovenia--A general strike by tens of thousands of public sector workers paralyzed Slovenia on Wednesday, adding to Prime Minister Janez Jansa's woes as he struggles to stay in office.
January 24, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
As thousands of people gathered for demonstrations in the capital Ljubljana and other cities, the public sector union confederation put the number of people striking at 100,000.
Kindergartens, schools and universities were closed around the country, while hospital and customs workers and the police performed only essential tasks. Lorries had to wait two to three hours to cross the border into Croatia.
The main public sector unions want guarantees of no job cuts in 2013 or 2014 as the government seeks to slash spending in the public sector by five percent.