Slovak state-run railway carrier Cargo has confirmed it will dismiss about 600 of its employees between now and the end of next year. Spokesperson Monika Schmidtová cited an “optimisation” process as the reason for the sackings, the SITA newswire reported.
“The aim of the optimisation is to increase the effectiveness of operating processes and work, to set the optimal employment to planned performance in 2013 and to achieve the stabilisation of the company,” Schmidtová said, adding that the total costs for “optimisation” might reach €4.5 million.
The management of Cargo also said it would establish an accompanying social programme for the dismissed employees. Moreover, it will provide them with advice and, if it creates new jobs in the future, it says it will offer them first to laid-off workers, SITA reported.
Former transport minister and current chair of the Christian Democratic Movement (KDH) Ján Figeľ criticised the layoffs, calling them an irresponsible measure. He said during a press conference held on December 4 that while current Transport Minister Ján Počiatek is abolishing people’s security and that Prime Minister Robert Fico is doing nothing to stop it.
“I regard it as irresponsibility since Cargo was basically revitalised after we got it [in 2010 in a state] close to bankruptcy,” said Figeľ, as quoted by SITA.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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