President Pahor holds talks on ways to revive social dialogue
Ljubljana – President Borut Pahor received on Thursday chair of the Economic and Social Council Mitja Gorenšček to talk about reviving social dialogue. On the latter’s initiative, Pahor will host in the second half of August an informal talk with representatives of the government, employers and trade unions to look for ways to continue the dialogue.
Social dialogue as part of the country’s main industrial relations forum has been suspended for three months, with more than 40 items waiting to be discussed, the president’s office noted in a press release after the meeting.
Pahor received on 1 July representatives of trade unions at their initiative, with the latter asking the president to urge the government to meet the conditions for social dialogue to resume, after trade unions suspended talks in protest.
The president also met in mid-July Labour Minister Janez Cigler Kralj on the same topic, exchanging views on the possibility of the government taking into account the requests from trade unions and the prospects of regaining trust in social dialogue.
Pahor also discussed this informally with Prime Minister Janez Janša, the president’s office added.
Gorenšček last week addressed a letter to members of the Economic and Social Council to urge them to revive social dialogue, which was welcomed by the main trade union associations.
At the same time, they stressed that they were willing to return to social dialogue only if the rules on the functioning of the Economic and Social Council were respected consistently and if legislative proposals were discussed in tripartite way.
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