Members of Slovakia’s governing coalition are showing some divisions on several proposed amendments to the Labour Code, including whether meal vouchers should be replaced with cash, whether shops must close on public holidays, and whether employees who reach retirement age should be automatically laid off, the TASR newswire reported.
A proposal submitted by Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) MP Július Brocka would force shops to close on all public holidays. Currently, shops are required to close only on December 24-25, on January 1 and at Easter. Brocka said the idea is that families will be able to spend more time together.
"Nothing is strictly black or white," pointed out Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) MP Ľudovít Kaník, as quoted by the TASR newswire, adding that if families are to spend more time together then the initiative should also deal with waiters, health-care workers, railway staff and members of other professions in which unusual working hours are the norm.
In addition, there is no consensus on mandatory layoffs of employees when they reach retirement age. "This is a rather over the top for me as well," said SDKU MP Stanislav Janiš on July 11, adding that he is in favour of addressing the issue but not via an amendment without broader discussion. Even though this particular amendment was submitted by MP Monika Gibalová from KDH, some other KDH MPs, including Martin Fronc, think that pensioners should be supported in their efforts to work. Fronc stated that the average pension in Slovakia is €360, which is less than half the current average salary.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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12. Jul 2011 at 10:00