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On Tuesday the parliament in Ljubljana, will convene to debate a package of laws implementing the country’s pension and labour market reforms. The extraordinary session will conclude on Thursday with a total of 25 hours earmarked for debate.
The debate was requested by a group of deputies headed by Jože Tanko of the Democrats SDS. Lawmakers will debate acts on pension and disability insurance, employment relationships, labour market regulation, personal income tax, financial services tax and value added tax.
While the pension and labour market reforms are still being debated by the social partners, the coalition wants the laws in parliament as soon as possible in order to prevent what it calls "serious consequences for the functioning of the state".
The government promised to continue negotiations with the social partners all the way through the parliamentary procedure. But today's decision already prompted reactions from the Employers’ Association . Jože Smole of the Association highlighted that both Prime Minister Janez Janša and Labour Minister Andrej Vizjak promised that the negotiations would continue until the end of the month and that the conclusions would be respected in parliament.
According to the government, the key problems weighing on Slovenia's labour market are, on the one hand, the relatively high permanent employment security and, on the other hand, an undue level of flexibility when fixed-term employment is concerned.
"By introducing important changes to both these aspects, we will fundamentally intervene in the rigidity of the Slovenian labour market and thus make it possible, especially for the young, to obtain more stable employment," social minister Andrej Vizjak said.
According to the provisions of the new proposal, fixed-term employment would be limited by restricting the share of fixed-term employees working for one employer to 10%. In this way, the social ministry hopes to stimulate employers to take on more permanent employees while at the same time introducing changes to permanent employment that will eliminate the present rigidity of the system.