Slovakia - Rules for opening the market criticised - April 30, 2017

Rules that ease the recruitment of foreign labour, which come into effect in April 2017, were approved by the parliament. The changes aim at streamlining the procedure for employing foreigners, mainly seasonal workers who will stay for more than 90 days. The rules also affect employees who arrive in the country as part of inter-corporate transfers. Trade union confederation OZ KOVO has raised serious questions marks. These workers often don’t have the same conditions; the collective agreements don’t apply on them, so it is hard to force the employer to act differently. Though the trade unions do not oppose the plans to hire foreign workers, they claim they should have the same working and salary conditions as all other workers.

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