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Trade union proposes extending agreements in two sectors

THE OZ KOVO trade union group has filed two proposals to extend the binding character of higher-level collective agreements onto other employers in bus transport and the machine industry.

THE OZ KOVO trade union group has filed two proposals to extend the binding character of higher-level collective agreements onto other employers in bus transport and the machine industry.

The proposals are based on the controversial new law that allows collectively bargained contracts to be extended to include companies that did not actually sign on to such agreements with unions. The law extends the binding nature of higher-level collective agreements to any firm employing more than 20 people in a given sector, in this case bus transport and machine industry.

“Altogether this could cover another 900 companies and the number of employees is between 150,000 and 260,000,” Monika Benedeková, deputy chair of OZ KOVO, told a press conference on March 10, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

OZ KOVO plans to file at least five proposals to extend the higher-level collective agreements.

The OZ KOVO trade union group and the Association of Bus Transport (ZAD) signed the deal on February 17 and it may be extended to workers who are not members of OZ KOVO.

OZ KOVO head Emil Machyna noted that in this case, the proposal was filed together with the employers.

“It is not that just the unions want to extend, but also employers agree with extending [the agreements],” he said as quoted by SITA.

OZ KOVO is negotiating four new higher-degree collective agreements this year and two appendices to the existing agreements. In the bus transport sector the unions achieved a 2.7-percent increase in salary tariffs on average. The unions in heavy industry together with OZ KOVO achieved an increase in minimum salary tariffs by 2.5 percent.

Read more at First union deal under new law signed

Source: SITA

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