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Labor Unionists: Saturday & Sunday off, 12 months’ maternity leave, bigger minimum salary

The Federation of Trade Unions has requested certain changes to the Work Relations Law, regardless of who forms the future government, according to an official press release.

Skopje, 10 July 2020 (MIA) — The Federation of Trade Unions has requested certain changes to the Work Relations Law, regardless of who forms the future government, according to an official press release.

The federation is asking the government to declare Saturday and Sunday days off for everyone, extend maternity leave to 12 months as well as limit short-term employment agreements to one year and implement these kinds of agreements only in special circumstances.

Another proposal is for employers to begin negotiating no later than 30 days after receiving a written proposal for a collective agreement.

Labor unions are also requesting early retirement for construction workers and any employees whose jobs jeopardize their health.

Also, the federation is proposing that the law set different retirement criteria for construction workers, textile workers, and miners – and different retirement criteria for people employed in the state administration.

In addition, the labor unionists point out the necessity of raising the minimum monthly salary to a level equal to at least 60 percent of the country’s average monthly salary. They also ask that COVID-19 be considered a job-related illness and anyone infected be reimbursed 100 percent of their monthly salary. mr/

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