Slovakia - Social policy will be discussed with social partners - May 31, 2017

The government promised to discuss new social measures with both sides of the industry, according to Labour and Social Affairs Minister Jan Richter. This was said in an official reaction to criticism made by employer associations AZZZ and RUZ, which expressed earlier their reservations concerning the package of social measures proposed by the governing parties and the lack of real social dialogue. Richter stressed he is absolutely interested in continuing a high-quality social dialogue. The minister claims he has already discussed some measures about reforming the Labour Code with the social partners (both trade unions, employers) and that they might agree with some of them. The social package under preparation includes faster increase in the minimum wage, a ban on social dumping, an increase in bonuses for night and weekend work, the introduction of contributions for those commuting to work and a ten-day holiday for fathers after their child is born. A mandatory 13th salary is also foreseen.

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