SD announces motion to oust Culture Minister Simoniti

Ljubljana – Former Culture Minister Dejan Prešiček from the opposition Social Democrats (SD) announced on Friday that a motion to oust Culture Minister Vasko Simoniti would be filed before 8 February, Culture Day. He said this would probably be one of the biggest presents to Slovenian culture for the holiday.

Left mulling no-confidence vote against education minister

Ljubljana – The opposition Left is working on a motion to dismiss Education Minister Simona Kustec because the government has decided to close schools in two regions next week after only four days of in-person education.

Education and children’s needs have never been the government’s priority, the party said in a written statement on Thursday.

EUR 47m in budgetary funds to go for minimum wage increase

Ljubljana – Labour Minister Janez Cigler Kralj said on Thursday that helping employers cover part of the minimum wage raise would cost the state some EUR 47 million.

The proposal to that effect will be included in the eighth economic stimulus bill, which could be in parliament in the middle of next week, he told the press.

Employers not backing govt proposal to subsidise minimum wage rise

Ljubljana – The Employers’ Association is not supporting the Labour Ministry’s proposal to partly cover the minimum wage rise for employers for a limited period of time since it thinks such a measure would offset less than 40% of the increase in labour costs. The organisation urges a better solution.

Minimum wage for 2021 to be set at EUR 1,024 gross

Brdo pri Kranju/Ljubljana – Labour Minister Janez Cigler Kralj has announced after meeting social partners on Tuesday that he will set the minimum wage for 2021 at EUR 1,024 gross. This is 120% of the minimum cost of living and the lowest possible rise under minimum wage legislation. Last year, the minimum wage stood at EUR 941 gross.

SDS, LMŠ and DeSUS lose ground in Delo poll

Ljubljana – The ruling Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS) continues to lead the field in the latest poll commissioned by the newspaper Delo, but has lost ground for the second month running. The LMŠ party of ex-PM Marjan Šarec and the DeSUS of the aspiring PM-designate Karl Erjavec have likewise slipped back amid growing voter discontent.

Surge in coronavirus amid scaled-up testing

Ljubljana – As many as 2,501 people tested positive for coronavirus in Slovenia on Monday, the second highest daily increase to date, as almost 23,500 PCR and antigen tests were performed, the largest number yet, following scaled-down testing over the extended holiday weekend. Another 30 patients with Covid-19 lost their lives, government data show.

Retirement provision continues to raise dust after passage

Ljubljana – The provision allowing employers to unilaterally terminate workers once they have met formal conditions for retirement, passed within the latest stimulus package in parliament on Tuesday, continues to raise dust as trade unions label it inadmissible and clear abuse of crisis legislation. Employer representatives are meanwhile welcoming it.

Vaccination against Covid-19 starting at care homes on Sunday

Ljubljana – Vaccination against Covid-19 is expected to start at care homes around Slovenia on Sunday, Labour Minister Janez Cigler Kralj told the press on Wednesday. According to government Covid-19 spokesman Jelko Kacin, there will be enough vaccine in the first phase for vaccination of all care home residents who have not been infected yet.