Tripartite Can’t Find Deal on Collective Bargaining and Schools Bills

Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Minister Jan Richter

Bratislava, April 10 (TASR) – The tripartite has failed to agree on an amendment to the Collective Bargaining Act and on funding primary and secondary schools, said Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Minister Jan Richter (Smer-SD) after a session of the Economic and Social Council (HSR), also known as the tripartite, on Monday.

Whereas trade unions and associations of employers object to the legislation on collective bargaining, the Slovak Towns and Villages Association (ZMOS) is dissatisfied with the bill on schools. A bill on pensions received unanimous support, however.

“It needs to be said that agreement has been struck on most issues, and the materials were forwarded for further discussion, either legislative proceedings or a Government session. No agreement was made on two items. In the latter case, the partners agreed on further talks with the aim of finding a compromise accommodating the demands of all social partners,” said Richter.

The Republican Union of Employers (RUZ) welcomes all pro-reform measures in society, according to the organisation’s vice-president Lubos Sirota. “With this in mind, we endorsed the National Reform Programme. However, we’re most concerned about the document concerning collective bargaining,” he said.

There’s no way for RUZ to endorse this bill, said Sirota, because “there persists this ridiculous situation in which even a small number of employers that represent a small number of employees can set rules that are applicable to all”.

The same bill has also attracted a number of reservations from the Trade Union Confederation (KOZ), according to KOZ vice-president Monika Uhlerova.