Strikers in Hencovce win €50 raise

Striking workers, most of them women, from the KALI AGRO and SLO.VI textile factories in Hencovce, Vranov nad Topľou district, achieved a success in negotiations on Monday, August 30, with their Italian employers and their legal representative. “The Italian employer agreed to increase the monthly wage by €50. This is an extraordinary success, because I do not know another case where an increase of wages by 15 percent was achieved,” OZ KOVO union representative Jozef Balica told the SITA newswire. The strike, which lasted seven days, has now ended, he added.

Striking workers, most of them women, from the KALI AGRO and SLO.VI textile factories in Hencovce, Vranov nad Topľou district, achieved a success in negotiations on Monday, August 30, with their Italian employers and their legal representative. “The Italian employer agreed to increase the monthly wage by €50. This is an extraordinary success, because I do not know another case where an increase of wages by 15 percent was achieved,” OZ KOVO union representative Jozef Balica told the SITA newswire. The strike, which lasted seven days, has now ended, he added.

The result is a compromise that benefits both sides, Balica stated. “The salaries of all employees will be increased by €20 without any other conditions. In addition, they will receive a further €15 as a special bonus, which will be later tied to specific performance standards. They will receive this €15 even if they miss work due to sickness [up to] twice a month; if they miss it three times, the amount will drop to €8, if more than three times, they will not receive this component of their wage,” Balica explained.

Almost 400 women from both hosiery producing textile firms began their strike on August 24, after trade union representatives were unable to agree with employers on a wage rise and collective agreement. The average net wage in the textile companies previously stood at €260, equivalent to a gross wage of €320.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

News digest: Who is ready for a vaccine in Slovakia

Vlhová won again. Boris Kollár is at home and will meet coalition partners to discuss GP vote. Justice Minister shows a new map.

Illustrative stock photo

Roundup: Bratislava’s Old Market Hall hosts Christmas markets

If you have not watched the 'Dracula' miniseries, filmed in Slovakia last year, it is about time.

Bratislava’s Old Market Hall will provide visitors with Christmas vibes in the coming four weeks. Each week, from Wednesday to Saturday, people can do a little bit of Christmas shopping at the venue.

From COVID-19 miracle to apparent resignation to death and dying

The natural reflex of all failed politicians – and their uncritical fan clubs – is to point to cultural or geographical differences between “us” and “them”.

The COVID-19 ward in the University Hospital Martin