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Kia issues halts in production

The eurozone crisis and lower demand for cars has affected production at Žilina-based Kia Motors Slovakia. Based on an agreement with trade unionists signed at the beginning of the year, Kia employees are to stay at home for three working days. They are also to stay at home on March 28 as part of the extended Easter holiday, the Pravda daily reported on March 9.

The eurozone crisis and lower demand for cars has affected production at Žilina-based Kia Motors Slovakia. Based on an agreement with trade unionists signed at the beginning of the year, Kia employees are to stay at home for three working days. They are also to stay at home on March 28 as part of the extended Easter holiday, the Pravda daily reported on March 9.

“Yet, we did not agree with it because people cannot draw the whole holiday within the needs of the factory, especially if the payment of the quarter bonus depends on regular attendance,” said head of the trade unions at Kia Miroslav Chládek, as quoted by Pravda, adding that people might lose about 20 percent of their salary.

Kia however says that production goes according to the schedule. Spokesperson for the firm Jozef Bačé said that the company plans a standard halt of production during a two-week company holiday, which is planned at the turn of July and August this year. Moreover, they also plan to halt production during the Easter and Christmas holidays.

The economic crisis has already affected production of two other carmakers in Slovakia. One of them, Trnava-based PSA Peugeot Citroen, had to shorten its working week at the beginning of the year due to problems with car sales in Europe, Pravda wrote.

Source: Pravda

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