VW trade unions rally against newcomers’ benefits

If the company’s leaders do not begin to discuss the conditions of recruitment, trade unions will convene a protest in mid-September.

German carmaker Volkswagen Slovakia.German carmaker Volkswagen Slovakia.(Source: Sme)

Trade unions from German carmaker Volkswagen Slovakia (VW) threaten protests in September 2016 as long-term employees consider the leaders’ recruitment approach as discriminatory.

The company’s management has decided to address the lack of an adequate labour force without an agreement with the trade unions, and with solutions which discriminate against senior employees, said trade union head Zoroslav Smolinský.

“Even though we support the effort in recruiting personnel at VW so that the pressure on existing employees is reduced, we do not agree with the way it has been done,” Smolinský told the TASR newswire.

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Smolinský pointed out that extraordinary benefits for new employees, such as half-year free transport and an inauguration bonus of €500, cause  dissatisfaction and an aggravated atmosphere among employees who have been doing high-class work at Bratislava’s VW plant for many years.

“There are undue advantages for which long-term employees have no entitlement,” Smolinský said.

While the VW management has not discussed the topic with the trade unions yet, Smolinský calls on the leaders to take a seat at the negotiating table. Otherwise, the trade unions are ready to convene a protest meeting on September 13, the TASR newswire wrote.

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