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Economy minister proposes scraping trade unions

ECONOMY Minister Pavol Rusko might pursue the cancellation of the law on tripartite, which obliges the cabinet to negotiate certain laws with trade unions and employers and regulates communication between the three groups, the daily SME wrote.

Rusko said that the cabinet no longer has reason to discuss with the trade unions, which have political ambitions and have been behaving like a political party.

The Confederation of Trade Unions (KOZ), which recently initiated a referendum on early elections, signed an agreement with the opposition party Smer for political support.

The ruling coalition partners have not commented on Rusko's initiative yet, but the KOZ objects to the idea.

"I think it is an inappropriate reaction," said Vice President Eugen Škultéty.

KOZ boss Ivan Saktor said he would wait for the concrete steps from the minister. He said he would consider counter measures if the cabinet cancelled the law.

The Association of Employer Unions, the third member of the tripartite, is not in favour of cancelling the law either.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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