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The lockdown in Slovakia has begun: employers are calling for clear rules and functional support schemes

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Employers in the NUE, given the current epidemic situation, respect the government's decision to declare a state of emergency. However, in connection with regular inspections and testing of unvaccinated employees, the Union is asking for clear instructions on how to proceed from Monday, as well as for a definitive solution to the issue of financing the tests themselves. At the same time, they point out that in connection with the significant reduction in the activities of the gastronomy, hospitality and tourism sectors, the state must immediately introduce functional assistance schemes that will help employers maintain employment and compensate for their losses.

SLOVAK EMPLOYERS SUPPORT 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.

Employers are evaluating the education reform

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legislation
Employers welcome the effort to reform universities, but point out that more significant changes are needed due to the deteriorating situation in the long run.

Both companies and employees can pay dearly for Slovakia's digital competitiveness in the future

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Lifelong learning
Abandoned factories, industrial collapse and job losses: employers and employees are on the same boat - unless they keep up with the digital age, they will have a hard time.

Employers met with the Minister of the Environment

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The main topic of the meeting of employers associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE) with the Minister of the Environment Slovak Republic, Ján Budaj was the strategy of the Ministry of the Environment to meet the set "green" goals within the Recovery and Resilience Plan and its transcendence into the business area. The modernization of the Slovak energy sector, the decarbonisation of industry and the preparation of future generations of experts in the green economy within secondary vocational schools were also discussed.

What does the industry face 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 real feasibility in practice. How to ensure that the European Union's (EU) strategic objectives are met without negative effects on the Member States of the Union and the industries of the economies? Today, representatives of European and Slovak employers and political representatives jointly sought answers to these questions at a panel discussion organized by the National Union of Employers. (NUE).

Rational management of the pandemic is failing

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Employers of National Union of Employers (NUE) point out that the government has been ignoring their requests for joint communication in the area of taking anti-epidemic measures for months. Despite the approaching third wave of the pandemic, shortcomings, errors and chaos in the adopted decrees and concrete measures persist, which will eventually be paid for by the entire country as the epidemic situation worsens significantly. Employers' representatives also lack an evaluation of the effectiveness of the anti-epidemic measures taken so far, which would make it possible to learn from the mistakes of the past.

Unvaccinated employees cause problems for companies

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According to the valid decree, establishments can choose which groups of the population they will provide their services to on a temporary basis in the event of a worsening epidemic situation. However, employers in the Republican Employers' Union (RÚZ) point out that the legislation does not regulate in any way the conditions of entry of the employees of the establishments themselves. According to the valid decree, companies do not have the opportunity to find out and reliably verify whether their employees are vaccinated or not, nor to make their entry into operations conditional in any way.

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.

Employers motivate their employees to be vaccinated

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The cost of the unvaccinated is in the thousands of euros, there are still few fully vaccinated: Slovak employers have chosen a path of positive motivation - they reward their employees for vaccinations.

Employers suffer from an acute shortage of employees

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Employers point to an acute shortage of workers - the most vacancies are in the agriculture, food, trade, engineering and ICT sectors.

Employers support the recommendations of the Expert Council - how long do those competent still want to wait?

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Employers of NUE support the recommendations presented today by the Experts Council. The epidemic situation in the country is rapidly deteriorating and Slovakia is breaking new records every day in the number of infected. Despite the fact that the RÚZ pointed out a few months ago that it was necessary to prepare for this scenario in advance, as well as to learn from the mistakes of the previous two waves of the pandemic.