The number of announced mass layoffs in July is the lowest since the crisis started – only seven, the Sme.sk news website has reported.
The statistics of the Centre for Labour show that while in May there were 2,574 people sacked in mass layoffs, in June this fell to 796 people, and in July to 673. Moreover, not every announced layoff necessarily ended in actual dismissal. In western Slovakia, Levice district has the biggest unemployment – more than 14 percent. The last announcement concerning mass layoffs dates from March 20, when Slovenské Energetické Strojárne in Tlmače announced 66 out of 2,100 employees would lose their jobs. The final number was actually lower, the head of the Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family in Levice, Rastislav Juhár, said. The company agreed contracts which saved 18 jobs.
Mass layoffs are classed as sackings involving at least 20 employees within a period of 90 days. If an employer plans such dismissals, it must inform the Labour Office. However, the decrease in announced mass layoffs does not necessarily mean that no new people are being registered as unemployed. “Some people end their job with an agreement, or there are new job applicants who have their work contract for just a limited period of time,” Eva Švantnerová of the Labour Office in Rožňava told Sme.sk.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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5. Aug 2009 at 14:00