Approximately 100 employees of Metalurg Steel in Dubnica nad Váhom came out on strike on Tuesday, April 24, over unpaid salaries, causing a halt in production, chairman of the OZ KOVO trade union Emil Machyna said. According to Metalurg Steel manager Juraj Mac, production in key departments has been unaffected by the strike. On Monday (April 23) Mac ascribed the delayed salaries to the fact that the company is not able to dispatch its products on time.
"A document submitted by Mr. Machyna has allegedly been signed by some 100 employees. Some of them came to work, while some didn't," Mac said, as reported by the TASR newswire, adding that the delayed salaries will be paid out as agreed in April and May. "However, Mr Machyna wants to achieve more than the unionists in the factory," claimed Mac.
According to Machyna, a motion for bankruptcy will be filed at Trenčín Regional Court so that resources can be drawn from the guarantee fund. The OZ KOVO chairman further said that he expects the strike to continue through the week. Labour Ministry State Secretary Branislav Ondruš is due to arrive in Dubnica later in the day. "Those on strike will gather outside the company each morning, and a protest march is planned for Wednesday [April 25]," said Machyna.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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25. Apr 2012 at 14:00