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Strike conditionally called off at Pohronské engineering company

A strike at the engineering company Pohronské strojárne in central Slovakia was called off on September 7 after overdue wages for June were paid to employees.

Earlier in the day, some 250 workers began picketing the plant at Hliník nad Hronom in Banská Bystrica region, news wire TASR was informed by Emil Machyna, head of the OZ KOVO trade union.

"They will resume (their strike action) unless wages for July are paid by September 15," he warned.

Meanwhile, the firm's chief executive Ondrej Babic told staff on September 8 that he may resign, explaining that he had come to Pohronské strojárne to rescue the company, not to quarrel.

"He came here just a month ago and cannot be blamed for the situation. The blame lies with the owners of the company in Bratislava...It will be bad if he leaves," said Miroslav Antoniak, the company's unionist foreman.

According to him, the employees do not have sufficient money to meet basic needs, and are struggling to afford school equipment for their children at the start of the school year.

"They simply lost patience and started striking," he added.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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