Petra Podhorcová

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Petra Podhorcová spokeswoman Vyštudovala žurnalistiku na Filozofickej fakulte Univerzity Komenského. Má dlhoročné skúsenosti s prácou v najväčších slovenských printových, televíznych a rozhlasových médiách. Na pozícii PR špecialistky je v RÚZ od roku 2021 – zodpovedá predovšetkým za komunikáciu s verejnosťou a novinármi. Aktuálnym obsahom denne napĺňa aj sociálne siete RÚZ.
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Innovative and competitive Slovakia: use our food industry and use the benefits of digitization to your advantage?

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The development of digitization and automation is significantly changing the functioning of most economic sectors. At the same time, it sets new requirements for the skills of employees. The question of success in the process of digital transformation is the degree of readiness of all of us - businesses, households and the state. The current challenges facing Slovakia in this area and the possibilities of deepening the government's closer cooperation with the social partners were the subject of today's interactive workshop of the National Union of Employers (NUE).

Employers' meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Development of the war in Ukraine, the sixth sanctions package of the European Union, cutting off Slovakia and domestic companies from Russian oil, energy, the rule of law, and possible risks that threaten individual member states in connection with the escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict - those were the main topics of today's joint meeting between employers of NUE and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivan Korčok.

Employers welcome the inclusion of nuclear energy and gas as clean energy sources

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Employers associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE) welcome the decision of the European Parliament (EP), which approved the inclusion of nuclear and gas among green investments. In the context of the energy crisis and the sharp increase in energy prices, which the entire European Union (EU) is currently facing, they consider this decision a step in the right direction.

Incomes of the public sector in Slovakia have been growing rapidly for more than ten years - where to look for sources of funding for government social packages?

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For the past thirteen years, public administration revenues in Slovakia have grown as the sixth fastest among European Union (EU) countries. Its expenses also increased significantly - the average salary of employees in the public sector increased by almost 83%. The number of state employees is constantly growing, approaching the 430,000 mark, despite the billions invested in the electronification of public administration. The tax burden on companies and wages in our country is still the highest among the countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The results of the analysis were prepared by the Institute of Economic and Social Analysis for the National Union of Employers (NUE).

The rule of law, direct communication and more effective cooperation of the government with the social partners - extraordinary tripartite negotiations brought several promises of the Prime Minister

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The circumvention of the ordinary legislative process and the adoption of key laws behind closed doors should not be repeated - this is the conclusion of an extraordinary tripartite meeting with Prime Minister Eduard Heger. Employers of associations in the National Union of Employers (NUE) welcome the Prime Minister's efforts to streamline cooperation and fully support his intention to actively participate in the negotiations of the Economic and Social Council of the Slovak Republic.

There is another bill on the table that will not negatively affect thousands of Slovak employers

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Violation of fair rules and circumvention of the standard legislative process does not seem to end, even after repeated promises from the government. Employers associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE) draw attention to another legislative proposal that will significantly burden domestic businesses in times of crisis. According to them, the parliamentary amendment to the Labor Code, which passed the first reading in parliament without any substantive discussion, may even negatively affect overall employment in the country and individual households. Employers are therefore calling on parliamentarians and the government not to gamble with the stability of the Slovak economy and to start looking for truly systemic solutions to the crises we are currently facing.

Deputies of Smer-SD are liquidating jobs - the changes they are promoting are the exact opposite of social policy

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Employers associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE) criticize the amendment to the Labor Code from the workshop of the opposition Smer-SD. They point out that the parliamentary proposal directly threatens overall employment in Slovakia and in practice may negatively affect thousands of jobs across individual sectors of the economy. Employers publicly inform the deputies that submitting such a proposal in times of crisis, without any justification or discussion, is a highly irresponsible gamble with the entire economy and human lives.

Active cooperation is what drives us forward. However, despite this, social dialogue in Slovakia still significantly lags and requires a systemic change - both employers and unions agree.

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On April 28th, 2023, the General Assembly of the National Union of Employers (NUE) took place. The key employer organization assessed the development of the Slovak business environment over the past year. The Prime Minister, individual ministers, representatives of trade unions, and other institutions participated in the event and openly discussed not only the legislative overload and degradation of social dialogue, which is currently a systemic problem in Slovakia, but also opportunities for improving the current situation, promoting effective cooperation, and increasing the responsibility of individual members of the tripartite.

A cure for acute shortage of workers? Employers' distrust in the quality of vocational school graduates? The NUE pilot project brings a solution that will help schools and graduates, but also companies

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Significant increase in the chances of graduates of secondary vocational schools to apply, a quality guarantee that will make it easier for employers to find new employees and confirm that jobseekers are trained in accordance with real labor market needs. The project brings added value to schools that are leading students to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for practice. Thanks to NUE, hundreds of the best recent high school graduates from all over Slovakia received certificates that confirm the quality of the acquired knowledge and skills this school year.

Next year, the minimum wage will increase beyond the scope of the law

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Employers associated in the National Union of Employers, the Association of Employers' Unions and Associations of the Slovak Republic and the Association of Industrial Unions and Transport, members of the Association of Cities and Towns of Slovakia and employee representatives, associated in the Confederation of Trade Unions of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Trade Unions agreed for the first time in history on the minimum wage for the following year. The social partners took into account the current situation and the significant increase in inflation, according to them, the proposed rate should help eliminate negative impacts on Slovak households.

Employers issued a report card to the government - the fulfillment of key promises is still missing

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The program statement of the Slovak government raised considerable expectations among employers. The long-delayed reforms and improvements in the business environment should have brought a significant improvement thanks to the comfort of the constitutional majority, which declared common goals in the parliament. The actual performance of the government's mandate falls short of expectations, not only as a result of the war in Ukraine or the pandemic. Employers associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE) evaluate the current period of governance and call on the government to speed up the implementation of key reform processes.

"On the three" - employers issued a half-year report card to the government

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The government's program statement raised considerable expectations among employers. Thanks to the comfort of the constitutional majority, which declared common goals, the reforms and measures to improve the quality of the business environment, which had been postponed for years, were finally given the green light and brought a significant improvement. However, according to the employers, associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE), the actual performance of the government's mandate falls far short of expectations, not only because of the pandemic. After the end of the first half of the reign, the government is therefore called upon to speed up key reform processes.

Employers criticize the amendment to the law from the workshop of the Ministry of Health: it will significantly affect the family budgets of low-income groups of the population

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It will negatively affect the most vulnerable groups of the Slovak population and cut even more from family budgets at a time of extreme inflation - this is how employers, associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE), assess the latest amendment to the law from the Ministry of Health's workshop. In this context, they call on the government to start a professional discussion with social partners before adopting it and thus prevent negative impacts on Slovak households in times of crisis.

Free lunches? Populism in live broadcast - "in the eye" of a social measure as a result of paying the Slovak household

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The employers' association in the National Union of Employers' Union (NUE) sharply criticizes the amendment to the law on assistance in material need, which re-introduces the widespread provision of subsidies for school lunches. Despite the fact that the proponents of the law argue the bad economic situation and talk about targeted social assistance in times of crisis, the opposite is true. Employers point out that the state wants to obtain funding through additional taxation of selected sectors of the economy. They are considered correct actions.

Energy crisis decimates European industry: employers call on unions to take action

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The European employers associated in BusinessEurope (BE) are calling on the European Union (EU) and individual member governments to, in connection with the energy crisis, quickly start implementing systemic measures to strengthen the competitiveness of the industry. According to them, companies are currently paying the most for the lax approach and inaction of policymakers. Employers associated in the National Union of Employers (NUE) warn that it is high time to issue a call for compensation for high energy prices for the year 2022 in accordance with the agreed aid scheme for the business sector. In addition, according to them, "harmful" draft laws with negative impacts on domestic businesses are being discussed in the parliament.