Bus strike imminent only in Bratislava region, talks due on Tuesday

Bratislava region is the only region in Slovakia that still has not decided whether to extend a collective agreement under which benefits for Slovak Bus Transport (SAD) drivers and their close relatives would be maintained, the head of the KOVO trade union, Emil Machyňa, told the TASR newswire on May 31. If the agreement isn't extended, bus drivers in the region will go on strike on Friday, June 4, he said. “We’ll have negotiations with (Bratislava region governor) Pavol Frešo on Tuesday, and I believe that when the reasons are tabled, things will be okayed and an agreement with SAD in Bratislava will be signed so that we can revoke our strike alert,” said Machyňa following a tripartite session.

Bratislava region is the only region in Slovakia that still has not decided whether to extend a collective agreement under which benefits for Slovak Bus Transport (SAD) drivers and their close relatives would be maintained, the head of the KOVO trade union, Emil Machyňa, told the TASR newswire on May 31.

If the agreement isn't extended, bus drivers in the region will go on strike on Friday, June 4, he said. “We’ll have negotiations with (Bratislava region governor) Pavol Frešo on Tuesday, and I believe that when the reasons are tabled, things will be okayed and an agreement with SAD in Bratislava will be signed so that we can revoke our strike alert,” said Machyňa following a tripartite session.

He reiterated that bus drivers are not gunning for a strike but simply aim to have their social guarantees – specifically using buses free of charge by themselves and their families –preserved. Representatives of Trnava Region gave the nod to the agreement earlier on May 31 with Prešov and Košice regions signing later on that day. In Nitra Region, the agreement first has to be approved by the regional parliament.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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