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Slovenia Business Week no. 43: Employers Support Reforms to Boost Competitiveness

The climate is favourable for reforms and the employers take a great interest in them," the association's secretary general, Samo Hribar Milic, said

The Employers' Association has voiced support for the proposed economic and social reforms, saying they are necessary to boost the country's competitiveness. "The climate is favourable for reforms and the employers take a great interest in them," the association's secretary general, Samo Hribar Milic, said on Tuesday, 18 October.

Hribar Milic agreed with head of the reform committee Joze P. Damijan, who presented the proposals, that the trade unions will want to benefit from the reforms, which is why hard negotiations are set to follow next year.

However, Hribar Milic was convinced the reforms will produce a win-win situation. "This is why I think it is possible for us to convince them [the trade unions] to support the reforms as well," he said.

Asked about the expected arrangements regarding profit sharing by employees, Damijan told the employers that the committee proposes the introduction of such a system as a non-mandatory possibility in those companies that can afford it.

The employers pointed out that the reform proposals were not considered in the budget bills for the next two years; these earmark less money for research and development, while the committee proposes to increase them.

Damijan explained that the reforms are to enter into force on 1 January 2007, which is why they are not included in the budget.

Moreover, the employers were interested in how the government and the committee plan to convince the public about the necessity of the reforms. Damijan said the committee's proposals must first get the PM's endorsement, and urged employers to back them

Source: Slovene Press Agency STA

Author: STA