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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
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