Unionists

More than 3000 trade unionists joined on Tuesday in front of the parliament, where they protested against the social and economic policies of the government.

All the opposition Communist Party (KSS) deputies, along with Smer leader Robert Fico and Movement for a Democratic Slovakia's Ivan Jarjabka, supported the protesters.

The unionists demand that the government continues a dialogue with them and that the minimum monthly wage climbs to Sk8100 (€194) from Sk5560 (€133).

Confederation of Trade Unions (KOZ) Vice-President Eugen Škultéty claims that it would be the government's fault if the collective agreement for 2004 is not signed. The agreement is to secure the 7-percent wage rise in the public sector.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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