U.S. Steel severely violated the Labour Code

THE EMPLOYEES of the U.S. Steel Košice company were allegedly working without enough break time and they were even not permitted to go on holiday.

U.S. Steel in KošiceU.S. Steel in Košice (Source: TASR)

These are just some of the findings of the National Labour Inspectorate (NIP) which carried out an inspection of the steelmaker in May. The company received a fine of €100,000. The steelmaker claims they have already fixed most of the problems, the Sme daily reported.

The inspectors consider the high number of working hours a severe violation of the Labour Code.

“The working hours of employees exceeded 12 hours within 24 hours,” said Jozef Raučina of the NIP branch in Nitra, as quoted by Sme.

There were also some flaws when it comes to holiday, as the employer allegedly did not allow them to take at least four weeks off to which they were entitled, Raučina continued.

In addition, dismissed employees received their wages late, while the inspectors also revealed several violations of health protection and safety at work, Sme wrote.

U.S. Steel Košice’s spokesperson Ján Bača confirmed the visit of inspectors.

“We discuss the outcome of the inspection and further steps with the respective labour inspectorate,” Bača told Sme, adding that they already removed several defects during the inspection.

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