Bulgarians Protest against sky high Fuel Bills Teachers in Bulgaria are preparing to strike over their pay, which hasn't risen since 2008 Teachers in Bulgaria earn on average $376 a month, much lower than other teachers in most of the rest of the European Union, and although the government promised them a pay rise - in the event only the very lowest paid teachers will get one, others will get 1- 2% or even nothing at all. This is against a background of a 13% increase in fuel charges which brought thousands out onto the streets in December demanding the re-nationalisation of the power companies. Bulgaria is yet another country under the tutelage of the International Monetary Fund, which recommends increasing 'fiscal buffers' - in other words cutting public spending and raising the pension age by linking it to 'life expectancy.' Whether this means Bulgarians should have to work till they die is not clear (!). Another IMF press release says: 'Within a tight budget envelope it will be necessary to resist pressures for generalized wage increases.'  The same release suggests education 'reform' as a way of imrpoving the economy. So once again the full weight of neo-liberal policies are inflicted on a population - in this case in the poorest country in the EU - who are already struggling and once again the prescription is  low salaries for teachers (and others), while holding them partly responsible for the economic future of the nation.