One of the main trade unions representing railway workers, Odborové Združenie Železničiarov (OZZ), has announced a strike alert.
OZZ leaders announced that the Slovak railway transport network is in danger of collapse. "The immediate cause is systemic flaws in state transport policy that have considerably disadvantaged railway transport in the transport market,” OZZ wrote in a statement.
The union said 6,000 railway workers are in danger of layoffs, wage cuts, and loss of benefits.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Transport, Posts and Telecommunications, Marián Janošík, told the SITA newswire that the ministry was not happy to hear about the strike alert, but recognised the union’s right to act and will deal with the situation through dialogue, as well as seeking solutions at a governmental level.
The union is demanding financial measures to give railway transport equality in the transport market and a programme of railway renovation. SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Dec 2008 at 18:00