MPs to discuss unemployment on April 16

Parliament will hold a special session over unemployment on April 16. Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška called the session after 31 opposition MPs submitted an request to discuss the issue, the SITA newswire reported.

Parliament will hold a special session over unemployment on April 16. Speaker of Parliament Pavol Paška called the session after 31 opposition MPs submitted an request to discuss the issue, the SITA newswire reported.

“During the first year of [Robert] Fico’s government only one [new] factory occurred in Slovakia, the factory to produce the jobless with the seat at the Governmental Office and with subsidiaries at the Labour and Finance Ministries,” said former labour minister Jozef Mihál, an MP for Freedom and Solidarity (SaS), as quoted by SITA.

Mihál added that if the government is not able to submit good laws to parliament, it should listen to the opposition’s proposal.

“The situation is so serious and extraordinary that it deserves an extraordinary session of parliament,” Ivan Štefanec from the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) told SITA. “Unemployment is the most important issue in Slovakia since we see what has happened during the past year – 40,000 jobs left.”

Štefanec added that the government has, for example, abolished the flat tax, passed changes to the Labour Code and increased taxes and payroll taxes, with which it “casts out the work from Slovakia”.

The ruling Smer party said that it will not obstruct the session. Deputy speaker of parliament Jana Laššáková confirmed that MPs from the ruling party will attend the session and will also discuss the issue, SITA reported.

Source: SITA

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