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Chemlon lays off all 300 employees

MANUFACTURER of synthetic fibres Chemlon Humenné decided to serve mass notice on all of its approximately 300 employees on October 26 after the company failed to reach an agreement with its energy supplier, Chemes, the SITA newswire reported.

MANUFACTURER of synthetic fibres Chemlon Humenné decided to serve mass notice on all of its approximately 300 employees on October 26 after the company failed to reach an agreement with its energy supplier, Chemes, the SITA newswire reported.

Without an agreement, Chemlon cannot resume production.

“We do not want employees to be hostages to a commercial dispute between Chemes and Chemlon Humenné,” said Vladimír Bačišin, a spokesperson for Chemlon’s owner, Assets Management, as quoted by SITA.

He added that the mass notice would enable employees to use all social security mechanisms provided under Slovak legislation. Assets Management purchased a 92.01 percent share in Chemlon Humenné in July this year, and the remainder in August.

Chemlon management informed trade union representatives that it would pay employees’ overdue wages for September 2009 in three or four instalments.

“Chemlon Humenné is aware of the fact that employees have the right to claim their wages and nobody has ever cast doubt on this obligation,” Bačišin said. “Although the company does not have finances at its disposal, its shareholder, Assets Management, has taken over this commitment from Chemlon Humenné.”

Chemlon Humenné halted operations on October 12 due to a lack of energy supplies and other services. Chemes stopped supplying energy to Chemlon due to unpaid debts. Chemes director general Vladimír Skoupil explained that by mid October Chemlon’s overdue debt had climbed to about €3.3 million.


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