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Trade unionists protest at Yura Eltec

MEMBERS of the KOVO trade union held a protest action at Yura Eltec Corporation Slovakia in Rimavská Sobota, a cable systems producer, on June 22, the SITA newswire reported.

MEMBERS of the KOVO trade union held a protest action at Yura Eltec Corporation Slovakia in Rimavská Sobota, a cable systems producer, on June 22, the SITA newswire reported.

The protesters were blocking access of cargo transportation to the factory’s main entrance. According to SITA, some employees of Yura Eltec did not agree with the action and shouted for the protesters to leave, in fear of losing their jobs.

“There is huge fear, they are worried for the €350 they earn here,” Emil Machyna, the president of the KOVO trade union said, as quoted by SITA. “We’ll see what they do and then we’ll consider the next moves. It won’t go on without them.”

The trade unionists blamed the company’s management for complete intransigence in their request for negotiations, saying the protest was against what the union considers to be violations of labour law, intimidation of employees, humiliating practices by top officials towards rank-and-file workers, ignoring the newly-established trade union organisation, and discrimination against union members.

The general director of Yura Eltec, Seung Kil Park, said that the management of the company wants to communicate directly with its employees and not through a union organisation, stating that he believes this method to be more effective.

Park told SITA that the company is not planning to close its factory in Rimavská Sobota but he insisted that what he called unjustified external intervention was of no help to the company, regardless of its intention.


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