Thursday, July 08, 2010

Macedonian Trade Unions want Shorter Work Week

Macedonians feeling French?

The Federation of Trade Unions of Macedonia (SSM) demands reduction of the working week from 40 to 32 or 36 hours. They also demand the government to subsidize a half of salaries of workers who were sent to forced vacations.

These are some of measures proposed by SSM for the purpose of cushioning negative effects of the crisis.

The state should also provide money for additional education and training of workers. SSM thinks that this would result in an improved social and economic situation for workers as well as decrease in unemployment.

Chairman of SSM Zivko Mitrevski thinks that the state should not have any problems with providing money for salary subsidies in the amount of 30 to 50 percent. According to SSM, such measures saved some 5,000 working places in Slovenia.

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