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830 workers laid off

Martin

Three month lay-off notices, or 'pink slips', took effect for 580 employees of ZTS TEES a.s. and 250 employees of daughter company Martinské Strojárne (Machine Industry Works) a.s. in Martin on February 1. The lay-offs had first been announced at the beginning of the year due to "shortage of work".

Employees had yet to be paid for December hours and František Ladnak, chairman of the OZ KOVO (machine and metal workers trade union) has expressed fear that the laid-off workers will not receive their wages nor their legally prescribed severance pay during the next three months.

On January 29, employees received a 1,000 Sk "advance pay" on their December wages. The company has promised to pay the rest by February 4.

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