Slovakia -Confederation says new Labour Code weakens workers’ rights -July 25, 2011

With 74 against 70 votes, the Parliament has agreed significant changes to the Labour Code, including: either severance pay or a layoff notice period but not both; longer periods for fixed-time employment; longer overtime hours permitted; less pay for overtime work; more night shifts allowed. While agreeing that there are some positive elements in terms of holiday entitlement and maternity benefits, the KOZ union confederation says that the overall impact will be the weakening of workers’ rights and the creation of more flexibility for employers in the labour market (See also this Collective Bargaining Newsletter Year 4 January, April and June 2011).

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This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI at, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2011.

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