Trade unions at steelworks agree with amendment to collective deal

The trade unions at U.S. Steel Košice discussed the planned redundancies.

US Steel KošiceUS Steel Košice (Source: Courtesy of USSK)

Layoffs at U.S. Steel Košice continue, but despite general discontent the company’s trade unions organisation is satisfied with the fact that it has managed to agree on an amendment to the collective agreement with the management of the steel mill.

Layoffs began in April and have led to U.S. Steel cutting 28-29 jobs monthly. The trade unions discussed at an extraordinary session on August 15, the dismissal of employees who due to changes in organisational structures in the post of vice-president for sales and marketing are to be made redundant as of September 1st, the TASR newswire reported.

Redundancies are always difficult to deal with, and the union has adopted a critical attitude towards them, said Košice trade unions head Mikuláš Hintoš.

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“Therefore, we submitted certain proposals to the employer that would by means of an amendment to the collective agreement provide better financial conditions for employees whose contracts are terminated by agreement,” said Hintoš, as quoted by TASR.

Moreover, he believes that the adopted amendment will also increase motivation among employees from the administration department and among technical and accounts staff to switch to manufacturing posts with higher salaries.

All this should help to bring an end to the process of employment restructuring at the company, added Hintoš, as reported by TASR.

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