Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Coalition Council to deal with state budget and conscientious objection

The Coalition Council is due to consider the draft state budget for 2012, the eurozone rescue mechanisms, and the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party's nomination to head the National Security Office (NBÚ) in a meeting today, Tuesday, August 23.

The Coalition Council is due to consider the draft state budget for 2012, the eurozone rescue mechanisms, and the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party's nomination to head the National Security Office (NBÚ) in a meeting today, Tuesday, August 23.

Coalition leaders will probably also deal with the controversial issue of what is termed 'conscientious objection' vis-a-vis Slovakia's labour law. The Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) have raised the topic, arguing that it should be incorporated in the Labour Code, which recently underwent substantial changes. KDH representatives and Labour Minister Jozef Mihál (SaS) have already agreed on the wording of the necessary changes to the Labour Code and want the Coalition Council to agree to the plan.

KDH leader Ján Figeľ said several weeks ago that his party still considers conscientious objection (e.g. in relation to medical workers asked to take part in abortions or other procedures to which they object on religious grounds - Ed. note) a relevant topic. Before approving the revision to the Labour Code, the KDH discussed the issue with the liberal SaS party. Figeľ said that along with Mihál, they agreed on terms to protect the right to conscientious objection within a general employment contract, including contracts signed by state employees. The KDH chairman further said he believes that in the near future, political consensus for adoption of a specific solution of this issue will be found.

SaS MP Martin Poliačik said, as quoted by the SITA newswire, that if conscientious objection were to become part of the labour law relationship between an employer and an employee anchored in a work contract, SaS would accept it.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Man who abducted the president’s son speaks out

The testimony of the former secret service agent could be of importance in a court process against the ex-spy boss.

Former SIS director Ivan Lexa

Press freedom is bleeding across our borders

Critical media are always the first targets of populists and press freedom enemies.

Foreigners: Top 10 events in Bratislava Video

Tips for the top 10 events in the capital between January 19 and January 28, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.

Scandi 4

Crematorium in Bratislava is an architectural revelation Photo

Those who have experienced farewells in other crematoria know what makes it special. Now the best work by the architect Ferdinand Milučký is getting a monograph

Crematorium in Bratislava by architect Ferdinand Milučký