US investors discussed labour unions with Pellegrini

PM Pellegrini met with representatives of Lockheed Martin, IBM, AT&T, U.S.Steel and other companies during his visit to the US.

(Source: TASR)

Prior to his meeting with US President Donald Trump on May 3, PM Peter Pellegrini met with the representatives of American companies during his recent trip to the US. They discussed, among other things, the lack of labour force in Slovakia and labour unions.

Pellegrini spoke to companies like Lockheed Martin, IBM, AT&T, and U.S.Steel. Companies that run their business in Slovakia also mentioned complaints that most foreign investors in Slovakia have voiced before: the new legislative changes are frequent and sudden.

Read also:Trump: I would love to visit Slovakia Read more 

"They said it is not good when the law changes in such way that the change has an impact during the same year it is introduced," Pellegrini admitted, as quoted by the SITA newswire, adding that this makes life hard for companies who are unable to adjust their budgets accordingly.

Under the Slovak Labour Code, it is very easy to organise labour unions in Slovak companies, and the American partners worry that this might bring non-standard processes in collective bargaining.

PM Pellegrini says this is a valid argument and Slovakia can use this situation to the country's benefit, according to the SITA newsiwre.

The CEO of U.S. Steel Košice James E. Bruno said that the labour unions in their plant are indeed strong, but they do manage to maintain good relations with their representatives.

"Still, I believe we can work with the government to enable the growth of companies and at the same time maintain good conditions for employees," he said, as quoted by SITA.

Pellegrini also discussed the lack of labour force in Slovakia with the American employers.

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.

Theme: Peter Pellegrini


Top stories

“Foreigners” born in Slovakia show their faces

Otherness can be smaller than we think, the photo project of Tomáš Halász and the Milan Šimečka Foundation shows.

Right of reply changes send wrong message on press freedom

How can a government that spends time looking for new ways to harass the press be trusted to secure accountability for the state’s failure to protect journalists?

Journalists, who were screened in 2017, are considering turning to court.

Why are they passing a law for politicians instead of protecting journalists?

Right of reply was introduced out of the wrong motivation with wrong timing.

The media is freer, but also feels less secure.

The court has toughened the sentence for Acorda's killer

Convicted Juraj Hossu initially received six years in prison this May.

The regional court in Bratislava overturns the district court's previous decision in the Henry Acorda case on September 17. Acorda's murderer Juraj Hossu will spend nine years in prison