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Former Kia land owners again considering blockading the plant

The former owners of the land on which the Kia Motors Slovakia car plant near Žilina was built are again considering blockading the factory if they do not receive payment for the land from the state soon.

The dispute concerns the additional payments of up to Sk350 (€10.3) per square metre that more than 370 people from the villages of Teplička nad Váhom, Mojs and Nededza were supposed to receive for their plots that they sold to enable the Kia plant to be built.

The land owners concerned were the first to agree to sell their land. However, when other land owners held out for a higher price and got it, they owners who had already sold demanded to be paid the difference.

"We wanted to call off the blockade alert last week after we were to meet with representatives of the Slovak Land Fund, but the meeting didn't take place," the land owners' representative Justína Kozánková said.

"Now, some 200 people have already received the payments, but the rest are still waiting,” said Kozánková. “We'll wait until Friday and then we'll blockade the car plant."

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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