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163rd session of the government

Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

At today’s session the government adopted its points of departure for negotiations on strike demands by public-sector trade unions, and decided to propose that the Economic and Social Council be briefed on announcements of strikes in the public sector and the assessment of the financial impact of the strike demands at one of its upcoming sessions.


The government instructed the Ministry of Public Administration to submit a draft resolution on the appointment of a special government negotiating group to address the strike demands by public-sector trade unions for discussion by the government within three business days of the passing of the present resolution. The aforementioned group will have the task of drawing up points of departure with a proposal for eliminating anomalies in the valuation of jobs that in terms of content, complexity or any other circumstance are comparable to the job of physicians, and with regard to other commitments from the agreement relating to wages and other employee remuneration, and to commence negotiations.


The relevant ministries are required to study the strike demands that do not relate directly to rises in wages and other employee remuneration, and to forward their positions with regard to these strike demands to the Ministry of Public Administration by 15 January 2018. On the basis of the ministries’ positions with regard to the strike demands, at its next session the government will authorise the ministers in question to negotiate separately on these demands.


The government has adopted three bills to ensure compliance with the judgment of the arbitration tribunal: a new establishment of municipalities and municipal boundaries act, a new nature conservation act, and a draft act repealing the act declaring the ecological protection zone and continental shelf of the Republic of Slovenia.


The government also adopted a bill for an entirely new court experts, certified appraisers and court interpreters act. The new act provides for the systemic regulation of issues relating to the status of the aforementioned persons, who provide expert support for the courts and are part of the judicial system. The work of court experts, certified appraisers and court interpreters is vital to the work of the courts, as courts lacking the special knowledge that these experts provide would be unable to take decisions in the areas requiring their expertise. The proposed solutions satisfy the need for an overhaul of statuses in this field, with the aim of strengthening legal security. High-quality expert opinions, valuations and translations are a prerequisite for high-quality work by courts and administrative bodies.


The government was briefed on the first interim report on the work of the interdepartmental task force for resolving planning issues faced by the Roma community. The interdepartmental task force has held four meetings to date, and primarily aims to improve the living conditions in Roma communities. Data will be collected to record the typical issues arising in Roma communities, and solutions and measures to ensure that Roma enjoy housing conditions of a comparable standard will be proposed. 

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