Labour unions threaten more strikes

ENCOURAGED by the recent strike of rail workers, Slovak labour unions are threatening a general strike in February to protest planned amendments to Slovakia's Labour Code.

Labour leaders say the planned changes decrease the social and legal protection of employees and are inconsistent with EU standards.

Labour Minister Ľudovít Kaník said in late January that his ministry is prepared to negotiate on some of the unions' complaints. Slovakia's current Labour Code has been criticised by investors for limiting an employer's ability to offer part-time and overtime work, and its restrictions on granting work to independent contractors.

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