Trade unionists suggest instituting New Year vacation

Salary earners could benefit from a New Year vacation during December 31 - January 2. The nonworking days could be included in the Labor Code at the proposal of the National Confederation of Trade Unions. Also, the trade unions suggest including one more nonworking day in the Labor Code – June 1, when it is celebrated the International Day for Protection of Children.

According to the National Confederation of Trade Unions, the New Year vacation will enable salary earners to devote more time to the family, health and preferred activities. This will contribute to improved health and to higher spirits and the employees will be later be more energetic and will carry out their duties more efficiently.

As to the Children’s Day, the MPs in 2016 decided to include it into the Parliament Decision on commemorative days, bank holidays and nonworking days, but the Labor Code hasn’t been yet amended.

Other amendments proposed by trade unions refer to layoffs. Contacted by IPN, head of the National Confederation of Trade Unions’ Legal Department Eugeniu Covrig said the proposal is to extend the period when the persons close to retirement or the persons with disabilities are informed about firing from two months to three months before layoffs. The extension of the period would enable these persons to have more time to find a new job.

It was also proposed obliging the employer to formulate in written form the argued refusal to hire a person. Now the legislation requires a written argued refusal only in the case of pregnant women and women with small children. Eugeniu Covrig said any person has the right to know why they are not accepted for a job.

The National Confederation of Trade Unions’ proposals were sent to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection for examination.

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