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Slovakia’s KOVO union threatens blockage of border crossings

Slovakia’s KOVO metalworkers' trade union is threatening to block border crossing points with Austria, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for thirty minutes onOctober 11, the SITA newswire reported.

Slovakia’s KOVO metalworkers' trade union is threatening to block border crossing points with Austria, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for thirty minutes on
October 11, the SITA newswire reported.

The president of KOVO, Emil Machyna, told SITA that Polish, Hungarian, Czech and Austrian trade union colleagues would come to the border crossing points as well to symbolically block the border points from 15:30 to 16:00 to express opposition to an increase in Slovakia’s retirement age, the recently adopted changes in taxes and payroll levies and what the trade union called privatisation of Slovakia’s health-care sector.

Machyna strongly criticised the cabinet-approved changes to Slovakia’s first pension pillar. "We disagree with pension decreases," he stated. Machyna also said he is convinced that there is space for an increase in the minimum wage of over 4 percent. He added that employer groups have been stepping up pressure on Slovakia’s cabinet.

Representatives of the government, employers and trade unions failed to reach an agreement on an increase in the minimum wage during discussions within the tripartite Economic and Social Council. Employers wanted to keep the minimum wage at its current €317 in 2012 while the unions pushed for 4.1-percent increase.

Based on a proposal by the labour ministry, which is obliged to table a proposal under the Minimum Wage Act if the tripartite group cannot agree, the minimum wage is to increase by 3.2 percent in early 2012 to €327.20. The minimum wage was increased by 3 percent to €317 at the beginning of 2011, reflecting growth in Slovakia’s average wage in 2009.

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.

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