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Trade unions plan more rallies against government initiatives

The KOVO trade union is planning a mass rally against a planned overhaul of taxes and contributions as well as modifications to the Labour Code in which it expects several thousand people to take part, KOVO head Emil Machyňa announced on Tuesday, June 7.

The KOVO trade union is planning a mass rally against a planned overhaul of taxes and contributions as well as modifications to the Labour Code in which it expects several thousand people to take part, KOVO head Emil Machyňa announced on Tuesday, June 7.

"We're planning a protest in Žilina on June 25. We'll certainly call on other [trade union] associations and civil associations to join us," Machyňa said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. Projected changes to collective bargaining have raised concerns among the unions. "This is a path that's bad for employees," said Machyňa. When it comes to changes to the scheme of taxes and contributions, a cut in percentage contributions to state social insurer Sociálna Poisťovňa and health-care insurers pose the main risk. "A drop of one-quarter [in contributions] to Sociálna Poisťovňa will take a toll on pensions," he predicted.

Source: TASR

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