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ESS - Economic and Social Council of Slovenia
STARTING POINTS FOR THE SOCIAL CONTRACT 2012–2016
We, the Social Partners – representatives of employers, trade unions and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia – hereby adopt an agreement on the starting points for drafting a social contract for the period 2012–2016, in order to achieve the widest possible consensus on our common development goals, the urgent steps to be taken to exit the crisis, and solutions leading to a welfare state for all. With regard to the issues affecting younger people and pensioners, authorised representatives of both the pensioner and younger generations will be included in the search for solutions in order to ensure that the social contract has the widest possible level of intergenerational consensus.
SOCIAL AGREEMENT FOR THE PERIOD 2015 – 2016
Withdrawal of employer associations and chambers from the Social Contract for the 2015-2016 period - 2 December 2015 Association of Employers of Slovenia, Association of Employers in Craft and Small Business of Slovenia and Slovenian Chamber of Commerce withdrew from the Social Contract for the 2015-2016 period on 27 November 2015. They stated in their letter that according to the Social Contract, fundamental issues from the fields of labour legislation, health care and pension insurance as well as wage system require a consensus of all social partners, i.e. the Government, trade unions and employers. They also stated that the Social Contract stipulates that collective agreements constitute a foundation for determining the scale and method of calculating wages in the private sector, and that the level of legal certainty, people's trust in the legal system and the work of state and judicial authorities also depend on how rights are exercised in practice, the duration of administrative and judicial procedures, the accessibility of legal remedies and predictability and stability of legal norms. They believe that two social partners essentially violated at least three provisions of the Social Contract by the manner of adopting one of the fundamental laws from the field of labour legislation, i.e. the Act Amending the Minimum Wage Act, which they find completely unacceptable. In their opinion, this manner of adopting the Act has strongly undermined the trust among the social partners and disabled the social dialogue in Slovenia. On 1 December 2015, the last member of employer organisations, i.e. the Chamber of Craft and Small Business of Slovenia, withdrew from the Social Contract. This was done on the basis of an unanimous decision of its management board. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia was not among the signatories of the Social Contract for the 2015-2016 period.