Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

BUSINESS IN SHORT

VW on strike alert

EMPLOYEE representatives in Volkswagen Slovakia (VW SK) announced a strike alert on March 21 over the lack of results in collective bargaining with the company’s management.

EMPLOYEE representatives in Volkswagen Slovakia (VW SK) announced a strike alert on March 21 over the lack of results in collective bargaining with the company’s management.

“If the employer meets our demands at least partially, we will withdraw the strike alert,” VW SK trade union head Zoroslav Smolinský said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “Nonetheless, our employees need to know that the talks have not moved in any way; and there is a real threat of a strike.”

The trade unionists are demanding a 6-percent salary hike, an increase in supplementary pension contributions and longer paid leave. VW SK, on the other hand, proposed decreasing salaries by 4 percent due to austerity measures, in addition to shortened working hours.

Trade union representatives talked with VW management on March 21 for the first time in the presence of a mediator, who asked both sides to provide their materials for evaluation. VW SK spokesman Vladimír Machalík reiterated that the company will not provide comments for the media before the talks have concluded.

Top stories

EU roaming fees to end on June 15 – in theory

Slovak customers still waiting to find out how mobile operators will implement change.

Archaeologist pieces together early history of what is now western Slovakia Photo

For an archaeologist, the most important thing is his most recent rare discovery, says Július Vavák.

Students visited Svätý Jur as part of their European Wanderer project

How to sell Slovak books to English readers

Slovak literature makes it to the big bookstores of London, but it is unlikely to become a bestseller yet.

On Wednesday, Slovak literature will be presented in one of the biggest bookstores in London. Among the new books translated into English is also the anthology of current Slovak prose selected and translated by Magdalena Mullek and Júlia Sherwood.

General Prosecutor filed a motion for the dissolution of ĽSNS

The Slovak Supreme Court received a motion to dissolve the extreme right ĽSNS party founded and led by Marian Kotleba.

Jaromír Čižnár