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Unions protest against planned changes to Labour Code

About 2,000 trade union members brought in by bus from all over Slovakia gathered in front of the Government Office in Bratislava on Wednesday, April 27, to protest against proposed changes to the Labour Code, the SITA newswire wrote.

About 2,000 trade union members brought in by bus from all over Slovakia gathered in front of the Government Office in Bratislava on Wednesday, April 27, to protest against proposed changes to the Labour Code, the SITA newswire wrote.

Trade Union Confederation (KOZ) vice-president Vladimír Mojš told the protesters that provisions that are unacceptable for trade unions were left in the draft amendment to the Labour Code despite last week's tripartite meeting. As an example, Mojš named deterioration in temporary employment terms, cancellation of the concurrent eligibility to notice period and severance pay, and reduced protection of employees when they are to be laid off.

Union members also reproached the government for re-scheduling its discussion of the draft Labour Code from Wednesday to Thursday. Prime Minister Iveta Radičová met representatives of the protesters. She asked them to discuss and negotiate on the government draft amendment and to inform employees about the positive changes that she said the proposed amendment to the Labour Code would bring. Among its pros the prime minister listed its forthcoming attitude to families and employees and the stronger position of collective bargaining.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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