Slovakia - Agreement nearby at Volkswagen Slovakia - September 30, 2016

Observers say that the management of Bratislava-based carmaker Volkswagen Slovakia and the trade unions are heading towards an agreement. The trade union delegate at the company has said the management has accepted some of the union’s points, including jointly preparing measures to support senior employees and other points concerning social welfare and improving relations between the management and workers. Earlier on 13 September 2016, hundreds of members of the staff at Volkswagen Slovakia joined a protest in front of the factory in Bratislava over what they call discrimination against longer-term employees by the management. 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.

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