About 700 staffers have asked to voluntarily leave U.S. Steel Košice

Trade unions do not want to keep the four-day working week for now.

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

About 700 people have already asked the U.S. Steel Košice (USSK) company if they can leave their posts voluntarily.

Most of them used an amendment to the collective agreement, according to which people who have been working at the steelworks for more than 10 years and decide to leave on their own can receive a severance pay equalling 12 times their average monthly wage, the regional daily Korzár reported.

The applications are still being scrutinised, and it is possible that some will not be accepted, for example in case of top experts, according to the daily.

The company plans to reduce the number of its staffers by 2,500 by the end of 2021. The amendment was approved in early August, following a deal between the trade unions and USSK’s management, Korzár wrote.

Shortened week may end

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Meanwhile, there is a discussion of whether the shortened working week, which started in May, will continue in September.

“The situation on the steel market hasn’t changed,” USSK’s spokesperson Ján Bača told Korzár, adding they have been struggling with the same problems as in previous months. “This is why we’ve proposed continuing the four-day working week in September, but the trade unions have not agreed to it.”

The reason is that the company is continuing its programme of voluntary departures of staffers, which could create new structures. Only after they are created and it is clear how the work will be affected will they be ready to discuss this possibility, said head of the local trade unions, Juraj Varga.

He considers the number of people who have asked for voluntary departure “an enormous number”, as reported by Korzár.

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