The former managers of Tepláreň Košice, the central heating plant in that city who had been nominated by the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) have not received any of their anticipated severance payments, the SITA newswire wrote.
"They did not get a single cent and we will do our utmost so that they do not get anything because we do not consider it right that they are paid such huge amounts," said SaS chairman Richard Sulík at a news conference on February 7. He added that the National Property Fund (FNM) does not agree with the “golden parachute” payments and is examining the lawfulness of the action.
The current head of Tepláreň Košice, Miroslav Nosál, has signed an agreement that he will not demand severance payment according to Economy Minister Juraj Miškov (SaS). SaS plans to proceed in a similar way with the Zvolen heating company.
To prevent paying out inappropriately high severance payments, Miškov has elaborated rules for paying compensation to outgoing managers of companies co-owned by the state. According to this proposal, nominees of the state in supervisory boards and BODs will get no
golden parachute payments in the future. Their severance payments should not exceed three months’ pay. However, the proposal will not apply to nominees who have a work contract, including the director.
The government plans to approve the new rules on February 9 and Miškov hopes they might come into force within the first half of 2011. Miškov and Sulík stated that the golden parachutes were “an achievement of the trade unions”.
Slovak media recently wrote that the political nominees that have led Tepláreň Košice are eligible to receive €90,000 in severance payments after just several weeks or months of service. The first such director to receive a golden parachute payment was Martin Podhorský nominated by the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) who has already received the severance pay. His successor was Ivan Zich, a SaS nominee, who, together with the former financial section head Martin Borovský (also a SaS nominee) are also eligible for the severance payment but have not received it yet.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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8. Feb 2011 at 10:00