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Decision in favor of the competitiveness of the domestic energy-intensive industry: employers welcome the increase in resources from the Environmental Fund

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At the end of last year, the Minister of the Environment, Ján Budaj, announced that the contributions from the Envirofond for Slovak industry would increase from the original three to eleven million euros. Employers of associations in the Republican Union of Employers (RÚZ) welcome this decision and consider it a good step that will help maintain the competitiveness of the Slovak energy industry.

Smart tripartite cooperation

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The project contributes not only to the improvement of social dialogue, but also to the development and strengthening of the effectiveness of structures and processes of labour relations in Slovakia. At the same time, the evaluation index of the Program Statement of the Government of the Slovak Republic comprehensively points to the importance of social dialogue for the general public, which will be regularly informed about priorities, intersections of public policies and current requirements of entrepreneurs.

Skills for the future of a competitive job market in Slovakia

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The world is in the process of the Fourth Industrial Revolution - that is an indisputable fact. These industrial revolutions have brought so far have had a radical impact on employees. Many jobs have disappeared, but an even more significant amount has been created, and others have undergone a substantial change in qualification requirements. Experience shows that the industrial revolution is not a "scarecrow"; more jobs have been created than lost, but at the same time, what has been done to the full and only in favor of those who were ready for its arrival. Employers have had to keep up with the times to survive and remain competitive, while employees have faced more detailed information about their skills and mastered new working practices.

Employers are preparing for the start of the omicron: there is a risk of the staffing shortage

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According to experts, the massive expansion of the omicron may cause a sudden loss of tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of employees in various sectors of the economy as early as the end of January. Employers of associations in the National Union of Employers (NUE) warn that the loss of employees in companies can be massive, in this regard, they have several requirements for the government.

Promoting the quality of social dialogue

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The aim of the project is to create space for the professionalization of social dialogue with the potential to streamline and improve the process of preparing legislation at the tripartite level, but also to focus on the content of assessing legislation in the context of increasing Slovakia's competitiveness as well as the extent of social support for the creation of expert documents and training. The aim is also to support the provision of quality and professional responses to the ever-changing labor market situation and to develop more targeted measures to improve the ability of public employment services to provide timely and personalized employment care, based on human resources quality, labor market links, better cooperation with private employment institutions and social dialogue aimed at developing higher employment rate.

Joint declaration of employers in support of vaccination

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We, the employers who create job opportunities throughout Slovakia, express our full support to the health professionals in the hospitals in the covid wards. We highly value their extremely demanding work and continuous commitment in difficult conditions in order to save the health and lives of many of our colleagues.

Qualification verification system

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The needs of employers and the supply of employees in the labor market, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, but also the opening up of lifelong learning opportunities have created a demand for more flexible acquisition of qualifications, based on non-formal learning. Professional employment and human development are often hampered not only by a lack of knowledge, skills and competences, but by a lack of evidence of their acquisition. The national project System of Verification of Qualifications in the Slovak Republic (NP SOK), implemented by the State Institute of Vocational Training (ŠIOV) is intended for those people who are interested in having their knowledge, skills and competences acquired through non-formal education, that is during practice or informal learning. Thanks to the proof, they can obtain a full certificate of qualification without going back to school.

What does the future hold for the industry in a climate-neutral Europe?

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Green sustainability versus functionality and competitiveness of European and Slovak industry. The ambitions of the European Commission (EC) in the field of green transformation versus their actual feasibility in practice. How to ensure that the European Union's (EU) strategic objectives are met without adverse effects on the Member States of the Union and the industries of the economies?

An event that finally provokes a response: the debate on higher education reform is advancing, employers are making concrete proposals to improve the quality of higher education

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The amendment to the Act on Higher Education (Colleges and Universities), introduced by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sports (MŠVVaŠ) SR, triggered an avalanche of emotions on the part of academia and finally activated a society-wide debate on and job-ready graduates. While the academic community has been focusing on petitions and organizing protests against the proposed changes in recent weeks, employers and associations in the National Union of Employers (NUE) want to contribute constructively to the discussion - they are coming up with concrete proposals on how to move Slovak higher education forward and bring it closer to the quality level of advanced countries.

Tripartite Dialogue - The Age of Cooperation

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The project contributes not only to the improvement of social dialogue, but also to the development and strengthening of the effectiveness of structures and processes of labour relations in Slovakia. At the same time, the evaluation index of the Program Statement of the Government of the Slovak Republic comprehensively points to the importance of social dialogue for the general public, which will be regularly informed about priorities, intersections of public policies and current requirements of entrepreneurs.

WorkTransitionCEE

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What will happen to the millions of European citizens affected by both automation and the COVID-19 crisis in the following years and what skills we need to develop to keep pace with a constantly changing world of work are questions that WorkTransitionCEE project will try to find answers for – a project co-financed by the European Union that brings together six representative social partners from Central and Eastern Europe.

Declaration on Fit for 55 package

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We, as the representatives of the industry and employers’ associations of the Central and Eastern European region, acknowledge the objectives of the EU Green Deal and its “Fit for 55” update and are ready to contribute responsibly to the EU climate neutrality target by 2050. Such profound transformation, however, is an unprecedented technological and economic challenge, requiring enormous capital spending on research and development, rethinking of production processes, and deploying breakthrough technologies to deliver substantial emission reductions.

Employers are demanding more effective tools for controlling employees

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Employers of the NUE demand more effective tools to control the vaccination of their employees. Companies also lack an evaluation of the anti-pandemic measures from the first two waves of the pandemic and, on that basis, a comprehensive strategy to combat the pandemic.

Industry 4.0: The revolution has begun, the disappearance or change of thousands of jobs is approaching, NUE presents a rescue plan

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As many as 65 percent of today's elementary school students will take up jobs in the future that do not yet exist. In the context of Industry 4.0, Slovakia is one of the most vulnerable OECD countries - up to two out of three jobs will soon be threatened here as a result of the Industrial Revolution. The changes that will occur in the coming years will have a radical impact on the Slovak labor market. The number of people of working age will drop significantly, the problem will be significant aging of the population and brain drain abroad. In what directions will the occupations and jobs change? What skills do people have to acquire in order not to lose their careers? The answers to these questions are provided by the strategic document Job 4.0 from the NUE experts.