BUSINESS IN SHORT

VW strike averted

THE THREAT of strike at Bratislava-based carmaker Volkswagen Slovakia was avoided as trade union representatives and the company’s management agreed on a salary increase, the TASR newswire reported on May 28.

THE THREAT of strike at Bratislava-based carmaker Volkswagen Slovakia was avoided as trade union representatives and the company’s management agreed on a salary increase, the TASR newswire reported on May 28.

The company fulfilled the requirements of the trade unions to hike wages by some 80-85 percent, said Zoroslav Smolinský, head of the trade unions in Volkswagen Slovakia. The specific numbers will be released once a new collective agreement is signed to replace the previous one that expired in late March.

The trade unions called the deal “a moral victory”.

“We are happy with the result, because it cost us a lot of energy,” Smolinský said, as quoted by TASR.

Smolinský also hopes that a similar situation will not be repeated in the future.

“The result corresponds to our offer to hike wages and cut working hours,” said Eric Reuting, member of the board of directors of Volkswagen Slovakia, as quoted by TASR. “These are attractive conditions for our employees.”

The tariff salaries in Volkswagen will increase by 2.4 percent as of April 1, 2014 and by another 2.3 percent as of January 1, 2015, the agreement reads. The employees will also receive one-off payments at €280 and will have their working hours cut from 37.5 to 36 hours a week. The remaining 1.5 hours will be used to work off the account of the working hours, as reported by TASR.
The new collective agreement will be valid until September 30, 2015.

Top stories

Prime Minister Robert Fico

Ousted hospital chief spurs questions about who runs hospitals

FEW expected Žilina Faculty Hospital Director Štefan Volák to resign March 21 in the wake of a mass walkout by doctors and nurses, but he did and hospital’s troubles have entered a new phase.

School leaving exams draw flood of complaints

DESPITE an outcry from students and schools in the wake of the written section of the school leaving exams, authorities claim that the tests were not significantly more difficult than they have been in the past.  

Andrej Kiska

Kiska again gives away monthly salary to the poor

JUST like the month before, President Andrej Kiska has given his month salary to 10 families in dire straits.   

Successful downhill skier may leave Slovakia for Russia

SLOVAKIA may lose Adam Žampa, a winner of several medals who also placed fifth and sixth at the Sochi Olympics in 2014.