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Počiatek proposal to grant post office head €2,150 birthday bonus, fails

The government withdrew from its agenda a proposal by Transport Minister Ján Počiatek to give a bonus of €2,150 to the Postal Regulatory Office head Ján Fľak on the occasion of his 50th birthday.

The government withdrew from its agenda a proposal by Transport Minister Ján Počiatek to give a bonus of €2,150 to the Postal Regulatory Office head Ján Fľak on the occasion of his 50th birthday.

“The government seeks another solution,” the press department of the Government Office informed the SITA newswire on September 4. “We only want to point out that the law which enables awarding such bonuses through collective agreements was passed in 2001, i.e. during the first government of Mikuláš Dzurinda.”

The law quoted stipulates that a state employee can be given a financial bonus on their birthday after they reach the age of 50 amounting to the maximum of his most recent salary. The collective agreement at the Postal Regulatory Office enables rewards for officials of at least 60 percent of their current salary after they turn 50, on the condition they have worked there for at least two years. Fľak has been working for the state office since February 2008.

The practice of giving bonuses to state officials on their birthday is common, the Sme daily wrote in its September 5 issue. Environment Minister Peter Žiga opined for the daily that to abandon this practice, it would be necessary to open all collective contracts, which he finds complicated.

(Source: SITA, Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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