Minister Mesec talks to trade union on ending outsourcing
Today, Minister Luka Mesec, together with State Secretary Dan Juvan, members of the Minister’s Office and the leadership of the Labour Inspectorate of the Republic of Slovenia, met with representatives of the Trade Union for Catering and Tourism Industry Employees of Slovenia regarding the outsourcing of chambermaids at Sava Turizem.
The Ministry stands on the side of the employees, which is why Minister Mesec has repeatedly drawn the Government’s attention to this issue and publicly called on the Slovenian Sovereign Holding to take action to stop the practice of outsourcing chambermaids at Sava Turizem.
The Ministry supports and shares the opinion of the Trade Union for Catering and Tourism Industry Employees of Slovenia on the inappropriateness of outsourcing practices and their potentially harmful effects on the social security and material situation of the workers, as well as on the direct damage such practices cause to workers' organising and thus to the protection of employees' rights in the future. The Ministry would also like to draw attention to one of the key commitments to end precarious work in the Work Programme of the 2022-2026 Coalition: "We will set a positive example in the public sector and, in line with our strategy, end precarious work in the public sector as soon as possible, by abolishing outsourcing where there is a regular need for regular work.”
In January, the Ministry wrote to the Slovenian Sovereign Holding, calling on it to address the issue in this specific case, as well as in any other existing identical or similar cases, in accordance with the Work Programme of the 2022–2026 Coalition. In the context of implementing corporate governance, the Ministry would also like to draw attention to compliance with the recommendations contained in the document "Recommendations and Expectations of Slovenian Sovereign Holding" and to the need to supplement this document particularly in Chapter 8 "Respect for Human Rights in Business Operations", in order to ensure that no poor practices occur in the future in the area of respect for human rights and regulation of employment relationships.
The Ministry also agreed with the trade union that outsourcing, especially of basic activities for which there is a regular need, is detrimental in the long term both to the level of workers' rights, and to trade union organising and the workers' ability to participate in management. The Ministry will therefore examine the possibility of amending certain parts of the legislation to limit such practices as much as possible in the long term, including in the context of adopting a strategy to end precarious work, to which the Ministry committed itself in the Coalition Agreement.