Smer signs cooperation deal with unions

SLOVAKIA'S strongest opposition party, the social-democratic Smer, signed a cooperation deal with a number of labour unions yesterday, promising to promote their interests if it enters government after the June 17 parliamentary elections.

In the deal, Smer pledged the following: to reinstate the tripartite arrangement in which government, employers and unions discuss societal issues; to raise the minimum wage to 60 percent of the national average wage within five years; to amend the Labour Code in keeping with European standards; and to institute a dual VAT rate, the TASR news wire wrote.

The unions, which represent industries employing some 700,000 people, agreed to publicly promote Smer and to try to persuade its members to vote for the party. Smer has had a similar arrangement with the KOZ (Confederation of Trade Unions) for the past two years.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

Tragedy near Nitra: Road accident claims 12 lives

It could become one of the worst accidents in Slovakia’s history.

The alleged driver in the Kuciak murder case may confess his guilt in court

Tomáš Szabó could be the third of five accused to confess their guilt.

The police escorts Tomáš Szabó, the accused in the Kuciak case, to the Specialised Criminal Court in Banská Bystrica, central Slovakia, on September 30, 2018

The concentration of the automotive industry is now the Achilles’ heel of Slovakia

Former NBS governor Vladimir Masár was one of the people who facilitated Slovakia’s transition to a market economy.

Vladimír Masár

Incomplete Bratislava ring road reports another problem

The embankment has failed loading tests.

The construction of the D4 motorway near Bratislava