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Trade unions attack proposed employee bonus

The Trade Unions Confederation (KOZ) has said it does not support the Finance Ministry’s proposed so-called employee bonus, destined for low income employees. KOZ Vice-President Vladimir Mojš said that it is in fact a social bonus that the state wants to use to motivate people to work for low wages. He insists the measure would change the philosophy of rewarding people for work, the SITA newswire wrote.

The Trade Unions Confederation (KOZ) has said it does not support the Finance Ministry’s proposed so-called employee bonus, destined for low income employees. KOZ Vice-President Vladimir Mojš said that it is in fact a social bonus that the state wants to use to motivate people to work for low wages. He insists the measure would change the philosophy of rewarding people for work, the SITA newswire wrote.

Mojš said that the employee bonus would put workers at a great disadvantage regarding social security, because although the current income of an employee would go up the employee bonus would not be included in the calculation base for social insurance. Due to the employee bonus, employees with low wages would receive pensions, sickness benefits and unemployment benefits at a lower sum than in if they had received a higher wage paid compulsory social and health insurance payments from that higher wage. He said the bonus would cause the emergence of pensioners with pensions even lower than the amount they get now. Instead, KOZ suggests supporting employment of disadvantaged persons through an active labour market policy, if necessary. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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