The protest did not work, there are other pressure actions in the game

Illustrative image for the article Trade unionists did not agree with the government: The protest did not work, there are other pressure actions in the game

Source: TASR / Jaroslav Novák

Trade unionists are demanding that all current benefits be maintained and salaries increased by 13%, but the government does not count on salary increases due to a tight budget.

Trade unionists are demanding that all current benefits be maintained and salaries increased by 13%, but the government does not count on salary increases due to a tight budget.

Illustrative image for the article Trade unionists did not agree with the government: The protest did not work, there are other pressure actions in the game

Source: TASR / Jaroslav Novák

On Wednesday, trade union representatives failed to demand demands to increase the salaries of civil servants or to maintain their current benefits. After the second round of collective bargaining, Monika Uhlerová, Vice-President of the Confederation of Trade Unions (KOZ) of the Slovak Republic, informed about it. The second round of talks was accompanied by a protest rally of trade unionists.

They did not agree on anything

“The conclusions of today’s meeting are that we should continue the negotiations, opening up the possibility of the government within the budget of not yet fixed funds in the amount of EUR 500 million, which could be used, either in full or in part, for valorisation. salaries, “ said Uhler.

However, the Minister of Finance Igor Matovič (OĽANO) conditioned this money with the adoption of three constitutional laws. These include the debt brake, expenditure ceilings and pension reform. “We are leaving today’s negotiations with the understanding that we have not agreed on anything,” added Uhlerová.

What next?

Uhlerová does not know yet what the next procedure for KOZ will be. One of the possibilities is the use of a mediator in further negotiations in accordance with the Act on Collective Bargaining. The second option is to wait for the date of the next round of negotiations, which, according to the vice-president of KOZ, could be two to three weeks. In connection with Wednesday’s protest rally, Uhlerová did not rule out further coercive actions.

Trade unionists are demanding that all current benefits be maintained and salaries increased by 13%, but the government does not count on salary increases due to a tight budget. KOZ submitted a draft collective agreement to the government in July. According to Uhler, the demand for a wage increase of 13% is based on the fact that it is by this percentage that table salaries in the lowest class fell compared to the minimum wage. Another argument is the expected growth of nominal wages in Slovakia, an extraordinary rise in prices, but also last year’s zero increase in wages.

Salary increase

The State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic Marcel Klimek emphasized that the second round of collective bargaining brought an approach to the position of both parties. “On a key issue, government officials as employers presented a proposal to valorise salaries by creating a 504 million reserve in the budget.” said Klimek.

According to him, both parties have agreed that the decision on further benefits will be made only after the agreement on salary valorisation. “Neither party stated that the issue of other benefits should be an obstacle to a common understanding,” said Klimek.

The head of the Office of the Government of the Slovak Republic, Július Jakab, added that the government values ​​the work of teachers, paramedics and other state employees. “I therefore appreciate the efforts of the Minister of Finance Igor Matovič to find additional resources to increase salaries,” said Jakab. At the same time, he called on all coalition partners to support three constitutional laws from the workshop of the Ministry of Finance so that the salaries of teachers, health professionals and other state employees could be increased.

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