PSA carmaker faces strike

THE TRADE unions may declare a strike in Trnava-based carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroën in the coming weeks if they do not agree with the management on increasing salaries.

The carmaker's employees may strike.The carmaker's employees may strike. (Source: TASR)

The trade unions have asked for a 9-percent salary hike, but the company’s management has refused it. They proposed the one-off contribution to the employees instead, which was rejected by the trade unions. The negotiations are now led by the mediator. In case even these talks fail, the company may face the strike, the MY Trnavské Noviny regional weekly reported.

Meanwhile, several employees, mostly working on the lines, confirmed to the weekly that the working conditions are not good.

“People work very much and in a tempo which is unthinkable in France,” one of the employees said, adding they have to work also on Saturdays. “And than they learn that they will pay €1,000 as a reward in France.”

Though the employees already have received €400 of the sum, they do not expect their will see the rest of the money. According to an unnamed person, the strike is very close.

Another person complained about the low salary and nearly no career growth.

Another signal of the problems is also the high fluctuation of employees. This was confirmed also by Marek Vitek, deputy head of OZ KOVO trade unions.

The company will try to make a deal and agree on compromises over the requirements, PSA’s spokesperson Peter Švec told the MY Trnavské Noviny. He added that in 2013-14 they increased the salary of 64 percent of employees by some €44 a month. The basic salary in manual professions rose by €20 on average last year, he added.

“We want to continue in individual increase in salaries in order to raise the wages of those who report better results and achieve set goals,” Švec stressed.

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