Recreational vouchers will not be for all. Parliament failed to approve the change

SNS chair Andrej Danko refuses to attend the coalition council meetings held before the elections.

Slovak National Party chair and Speaker of Parliament Andrej DankoSlovak National Party chair and Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko (Source: SITA)

Small entrepreneurs with less than 50 employees will not be required to contribute to their staff’s holiday in Slovakia.

The parliament failed to approve the amendment to the Labour Code drafted by the junior coalition Slovak National Party (SNS), which wanted all employers to provide their employees with recreational vouchers. It was supported by only 70 MPs of the 144 deputies present, the SITA newswire reported.

The proposal did not win the support of another coalition party, Most-Híd. Only two of its MPs voted for the amendment.

Discriminatory approach questioned

The recreational vouchers came into force at the beginning of 2019, introducing a duty for all employers with more than 49 staffers to contribute a certain amount to their employees’ holiday in Slovakia.

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The condition is that employees need to have worked for the company for at least 24 months.

The Slovak National Centre for Human Rights (SNSĽP), as a national anti-discrimination body, points to the inability of removing discrimination from the Labour Code. As it informed in a press release, the proposed amendment would remove the principle that currently discriminates against the employees of small companies. However, it did not propose to remove another discriminatory measure concerning the number of months the person needs to work for the employer to be entitled for the voucher.

“The centre is disappointed with the approach of some MPs who, in light of approaching elections, often forget about the discrimination ban and, at the expense of quality and professionalism, follow their party agenda,” SNSĽP informed, as quoted by SITA.

Danko refuses to attend coalition councils

Following the voting in the parliament, SNS chair and Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko announced that he will not attend any coalition council meetings held before the 2020 parliamentary elections.

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He explained his decision with how Most-Híd MPs voted about SNS-drafted proposals. Apart from recreational vouchers, the parliament turned down a proposal to establish a new ministry.

He also criticised PM Peter Pellegrini (Smer) and his actions, SITA reported.

Most-Híd meanwhile responded that they had informed SNS about their disapproval with its proposals before the parliamentary vote.

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