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The Slovene Press Agency reports that official talks last Friday on reforming the country’s labour market have focused on including stricter regulations for temporary employment agencies.
Talks between the government, trade unions and employers last week concentrated on imposing tighter regulations on agencies which should increase transparency in the sector.
However, there has been opposition against union proposals to reduce the number of temporary staffing firms although the union did not say how this would work. Although it has been accepted that agency workers should be given equal treatment to minimise the risk of labour exploitation, employers are against decreasing the number of temporary staffing firms.
Igor Antauer of the Employers’ Association said that temporary staffing was a crucial form of labour during times of crisis. The Chamber of Commerce agreed and said that agency employment also safeguards labour flexibility.
Slovenia is in the middle of debating a package of laws aimed to reform labour and pension legislation. Proposals also suggest the restriction of fixed-term employment to increase the intake of permanent hires in the country.