Slovakia’s KOVO metalworkers' union will lead the blockage of six of Slovakia’s border crossings today, October 11, from 15:30 to 16:00 time to express their opposition to the increase in the retirement age, the proposed tax and payroll reform before parliament and what it called privatisation of the health-care sector, the SITA newswire reported.
KOVO's office told SITA that trade unionists would halt traffic at the Berg crossing with Austria and a road to Poland at the Tatranská Javorina-Podspady crossing point as well as at Slovak-Czech borders at Makov and Drietomá and Slovak-Hungarian crossing at Šahy and Milhosť.
The protests will continue in Bratislava on October 12 when members of the Trade Union Confederation (KOZ) will take part in the protest march going from Trnavské Mýto to the Government Office and on to the parliament building.
KOVO stated that it considers the planned changes in tax and payroll levies to be risky, arguing that even though payroll contributions to the social insurance provider, Sociálna Poisťovňa, and to health insurance companies will be cut, income taxes paid by individuals will grow significantly. The unions also say the changes will lead to lower pensions and less money in the health-care sector that could lead to less health care and the introduction of higher fees for social and health-care services.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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11. Oct 2011 at 14:00