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Parliament approves tripartite law

THE SLOVAK parliament approved an amendment to the Tripartite Act requiring businesses to abide by “higher level” collective agreements forged in a given sector of the economy even if they were not part of the collective bargaining process.

Critics of the revision, which was approved on February 9, claim that dictating wage growth in this way can harm competitiveness and lead to job cuts.

The revision also stipulates the stablishment of the Social Partnership Council, a consultative body including government, labour and business representatives.

The council will have 21 members. Seven will be appointed by the cabinet, seven will represent employers, and seven will represent trade unions.

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