Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

No plans for further staff protests at Volkswagen Slovakia

Measures to support senior employees are under preparation.

Volkswagen Slovakia plant(Source: Courtesy of VW Slovakia)

No further protests by employees of Bratislava-based carmaker Volkswagen Slovakia, are likely to take place in the near future, as the firm’s management and trade union are heading towards an agreement. The company’s trade union boss Zoroslav Smolinský informed the TASR newswire about the latest development.

“I think we’ve made headway, as the management has accepted some of our points,” said Smolinský. “It considered the current situation in the factory, and we’re jointly preparing measures to support senior employees. All the points concern social welfare and improving relations between the management and workers.”

Hundreds of members of the staff at Volkswagen Slovakia joined a protest in front of the factory in Bratislava on September 13 over what they call discrimination against longer-term employees by the management.

Read also:VW SK employees strike

Some employees are uneasy over the fact that the management is giving out extraordinary perks in order to attract new employees. As opposed to existing staff, new employees are entitled to free transport for six months and a one-off bonus of €500. The union calls this discrimination.

Despite the progress in negotiations, the management has not admitted engaging in discrimination, said Smolinský. The union wanted to prove this and so appealed to institutions and authorities that deal with such problems to assess the current situation.

“In no way do we want to take benefits away from new workers,” he said, adding that quite the opposite is true, we want senior staff to feel that their employer needs them as well.

The next meeting between the trade union and management is set to be held next week.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Topic: Automotive


Top stories

Kuciak did not even have a computer as a child and he grew up to be an analyst

A village boy who angered Marian Kocner. A profile of Ján Kuciak, who recently received the White Crow award in memoriam.

Ján Kuciak

UPDATED: Lajčák considers resignation if the migration compact is rejected

The foreign affairs minister also admitted to some disputes with PM Robert Fico.

Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák

How to cope with waste

Slovakia lags behind in recycling and reducing waste, but examples of other countries, particularly the Netherlands, are helping Slovakia implement strategies to reduce waste.

Roughly 67 percent of communal waste ended up at landfills in Slovakia, while only 23 percent was recycled.

Europe might not be just an innocent victim

While real estate bubbles in the US, Greece and Spain were partial causes of global crisis, irresponsible lending was also rife in places you hear little about.