A labour agreement for 2012 was signed between representatives of 11 trade unions representing railway workers and Vladimír Ľupták, the general director of Železnice Slovenskej Republiky (ŽSR, the state-owned railway infrastructure operator) on Tuesday, January 3. Transport Minister Ján Figeľ (Christian Democratic Movement (KDH)) was also present at the signing.
"The Labour Agreement will bring ŽSR employees a salary increase of 5 percent. This is due to the introduction of a new bonus system at ŽSR which abolishes the previously guaranteed principle of seniority," said Ľupták, as quoted by the TASR newswire. According to Ľupták, the new bonus system is based on expertise and is designed to reward skilful employees regardless of age or seniority.
Meanwhile, the state-run rail-freight transport company Cargo Slovakia has said it considers collective bargaining on its 2012 labour agreement to be a closed matter, based on the law on the collective bargaining. As a result, the company on Tuesday, January 3, rejected a request by the Slovak Federation of Engine Drivers to continue negotiations. The trade unions acting on behalf of engine drivers have questioned the validity of collective bargaining since December 28, 2011, the SITA newswire wrote. Cargo struck a deal with nine of the eleven trade unions in the company and plans to sign a collective agreement on Wednesday afternoon, according to company spokesperson Monika Schmidtová.
Sources: TASR, SITA
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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