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Disgruntled employees accept out-of-court settlement in case against large corporate paper firm

MONDI Business Paper SCP in Ružomberok dropped a lawsuit against five former employees, opting instead for an out-of-court settlement, the news wire TASR wrote.

Mondi (formerly Neusiedler SCP) was suing the employees for harming the company's good name. Mondi has dropped its demand for compensation amounting to Sk20 million (€512,820).

The paper company fired five employees in late 2004 for violating the Labour Code by giving the media false information on company salaries. The five responded by suing Mondi for unfair dismissal and forming a new trade union, Papier in Mondi, to counterbalance the only union Mondi recognized, the Timber, Forestry and Water Industry Union. In response to this, Mondi launched its own countersuit.

According to Andrej Sabík from the Charter 77 foundation, which has been representing the dismissed employees, the out-of-court settlement involves the recognition of the Papier in Mondi union by Mondi.

As for the unfair dismissal case, the District Court in Ružomberok ruled in favour of the five sacked employees at the end of June.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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