Slovakia - More job cuts and pay deal at US Steel - April 30, 2016

The Kosice-based company U.S. Steel continues to reduce its labour force. After it scrapped 29 white-collar positions as of 1 April (see our March Newsletter), the steelmaker will cut another 29 jobs as of 1 May as part of its organisational changes. The trade unions are unhappy about the most recent move, pointing out that the company did not consult the introduction of a new organisational structure with them sufficiently in advance. This time, workers attending to telecommunications facilities or those measuring noise levels or dust nuisance at workplaces will have to leave. On 17 April the social partners signed a collective agreement addressing labour legislation and wage issues for 2016-2020. Based on it the company’s average wage (some €1,570 in 2015) should increase by over 3 percent by 2020. The collective agreement, equally as the previous one, bans mass lay-offs, i.e. laying-off more than 30 employees at once. Trade unions opine that the company is avoiding this by scrapping of only 29 work positions during one month.


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