Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

NEWS IN SHORT

Rail union still ready to strike

THE RAILWAY network in Slovakia continues to face the threat of a strike despite ongoing negotiations between the Transport Ministry and one of the railway workers trade unions, the Odborové Združenie Železničiarov (OZZ), which announced a strike alert on December 4.

THE RAILWAY network in Slovakia continues to face the threat of a strike despite ongoing negotiations between the Transport Ministry and one of the railway workers trade unions, the Odborové Združenie Železničiarov (OZZ), which announced a strike alert on December 4.

On December 10 the union held another meeting with Transport Minister Ľubomír Vážny, but no significant change in its position resulted.

“We haven’t reached any agreement,” František Petroci, the head of the OZZ told the Hospodárske Noviny financial daily. “Prime Minister Robert Fico did not attend the meeting as we required.”

One of the union’s main concerns is that the global financial crisis might lead to job cuts on the railways. According to the unionists, 6,000 railway workers are in danger of lay-offs, wage cuts, and restriction of benefits stemming from collective agreements, the SITA newswire wrote. The government promised that there would be no job losses on the railways. But Petroci argued that a guarantee of employment is not the same as providing real jobs and that the union therefore wants the government to say whether there will be work for all the people who are not fired, the daily reported.

The union is also demanding measures to equalise the cost of railway transport in the transport market and a programme to renovate the railway network, SITA reported.

The railway companies expect goods transport to decrease by one fifth in 2009, with a resulting loss of about Sk3 billion (€99.5 million). If the state does not grant more money to the railways, they say they will not have enough to repay loans or interest on them.


Top stories

Suspicious "rural entrepreneurs" involved with Smer emerge in Nitra

Successful businesspeople from the village of Babindol who have received subsidies from EU funds worth millions have connections to the ruling Smer party.

Competition in goulash cooking Guláš CUP 2015 in Babindol: Police President Tibor Gašpar(L), ex-minister of Agriculture Ľubomír Jahnátek (R) and Labour Minister Ján Richter (2L).

Slovak mixed relay was withdrawn from competition Photo

Paulína Fialková botched the shooting, thus thwarting the hopes of the Slovak Olympic mixed team of biathletes.

L-R Kuzmina and Fialková in the failed Slovak race.

Blog: Government Affairs in Slovakia – how did this profession develop and what is its future?

It is encouraging that more and more companies based in Slovakia are starting to realize that it is also possible to shape EU policies from a small country like Slovakia and use the services of government affairs…

Illustrative stock photo

Slovak ice hockey team goes home Photo

The United States defeated their rivals from Slovakia for the second time, ending their performance at the Olympics.