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Slotex Fashion fires around 180 people overnight, owing three months’ pay

The gates of textile company Slotex Fashion in Vranov nad Topľou in Prešov Region remained closed to its nearly 180 employees on Monday, September 3. The company’s employees are currently receiving redundancy notices through the post stating that their contracts were terminated on September 1.

The gates of textile company Slotex Fashion in Vranov nad Topľou in Prešov Region remained closed to its nearly 180 employees on Monday, September 3. The company’s employees are currently receiving redundancy notices through the post stating that their contracts were terminated on September 1.

According to the letters, the producer of knitwear for top world brands has found itself in a gloomy financial situation and could go bust. Salaries for June and July are still pending, and payment for August will most probably go the same way. In addition, the company management recently broke off all discussions with staff about the company's future.

"This is unfair and indecent. We've been forced by the management to load the lorries until the last minute, as they said we need to meet our commitments. They made us sew, even though they knew what would happen," the TASR newswire was told by one of the employees, who is unsure about how her family can make ends meet in a region hard-hit by unemployment.

The company trade union wants to make sure that owed salaries are paid via bankruptcy proceedings, as the company still owns machinery and other equipment, which is allegedly being taken away. "We also expect law-enforcement bodies to do their work as well," said Jozef Balica from KOVO trade union, pointing to debts with state insurer Sociálna Poisťovňa and health insurers.

(Source: TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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