On 1 April, interpreters working via TVCN (one of the two main agencies that hire interpreters) decided to go on strike. The reason was very simple: TVCN had decided to cut its rates of pay even below the legal rates agreed by the Ministry of Justice.

As TVCN hires interpreters for governmental work (visa controls, customs, courts etc.), this strike has already led to long delays and the inability of key institutions to get their work done. In other words, the decision by individual self-employed people to strike en masse is having a very noticeable effect.

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