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Striking Hencovce workers get pay rise

STRIKING women workers from the KALI AGRO and SLO.VI textile factories in Hencovce in the Vranov nad Topľou district were successful in negotiating salary increases with their Italian employer on August 30.

STRIKING women workers from the KALI AGRO and SLO.VI textile factories in Hencovce in the Vranov nad Topľou district were successful in negotiating salary increases with their Italian employer on August 30.

“The Italian employer agreed to increase the monthly wage by €50,” said Jozef Balica of the OZ KOVO trade union, as quoted by the SITA newswire. “This is an extraordinary success, because I do not know another case where a 15 percent increase in wages was achieved.”

The near-total strike lasted seven days and employees returned to work on August 31. Balica said the negotiations resulted in a compromise that benefits both sides.

“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 objective performance standards,” SITA quoted Balica as saying.

“They will receive the €15 bonus even if they miss work due to sick leave twice a month; if they miss work three times, the bonus will drop to €8; if they miss it more than three times, they will not receive this component of their wage.”

The national leader of OZ KOVO, Emil Machyna, together with the local leader of the trade union at both factories, Jana Polaščíková, led the negotiations on behalf of the striking workers.

“Although we also had to retreat from some of our demands, the result is still a great success,” Polaščíková said.

Almost 400 women workers from the two textile firms, which produce hosiery, started their strike on the afternoon of August 24 after negotiations broke down over the issue of the salary increase in a new collective agreement.

The average net wage at the two textile factories before the negotiated increase was €260 per month, based on a gross monthly wage of €320.


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