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Nurses hold protest at parliament over minimum salary law

Nurses dissatisfied with a ruling by the Constitutional Court that suspended the law that raised their minimum salaries assembled in Bratislava to protest before the parliament building on July 24, the SITA newswire reported. About 350 of them gathered at the building where the parliamentary committee for health care was supposed to discuss the salary issue.

Nurses dissatisfied with a ruling by the Constitutional Court that suspended the law that raised their minimum salaries assembled in Bratislava to protest before the parliament building on July 24, the SITA newswire reported. About 350 of them gathered at the building where the parliamentary committee for health care was supposed to discuss the salary issue.

Several people spoke to the gathering and MPs Igor Matovič of the Ordinary People and Independent Personalities (OľaNO) party and Pavol Zajac of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) also listened to the nurses' complaints. Both expressed support and Zajac called on nurses not to sign addendums to their work contracts that force them to change their working hours or accept lower salaries.

Viliam Novotný, the vice-chair of the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), proposed at the session of the parliamentary committee to invite acting General Prosecutor Ladislav Tichý and the Chairperson of the Constitutional Court, Ivetta Macejková, to explain to MPs why the prosecutor filed a motion with the court and why the court suspended the effectiveness of the law on minimum wages for nurses, as approved by the past parliament. However, SITA reported that the committee turned down the proposal.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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