Shoemaker Galand to lay off 300 people

More than 300 people employed at shoemaker Galand in the east of Slovakia will be laid off in May and June, the TASR newswire learned on Monday, May 13. The mass redundancies will take place at Galand's factories in Snina and Bardejov (both in Prešov Region), and the exact number of affected employees will reach 316, most of them women.

More than 300 people employed at shoemaker Galand in the east of Slovakia will be laid off in May and June, the TASR newswire learned on Monday, May 13. The mass redundancies will take place at Galand's factories in Snina and Bardejov (both in Prešov Region), and the exact number of affected employees will reach 316, most of them women.

"Unused production capacities are stated as the main reason for the redundancies. This has been caused by a drop in orders and clients," TASR was told by Humenné Labour, Social Affairs and Family Centre head Gabriela Karsšová.

Information of the layoff was confirmed by Galand's executive manager Milan Kočan. "This is the standard situation in Slovakia at the moment. There are no orders, and we're not competitive due to [high] labour costs. Five key customers have left us this and last year. They've turned their attention to Romania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and India instead," said Kočan. According to him, all employees' rights based on the Labour Code and work contracts will be fully observed. The number of employees at Galand stood at 500 at the end of last year.

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