The Aptiv Company from Leskovac had found itself in the public eye after accusations of mistreatment of its workers which included twelve-hour shifts, utter exhaustion and a large number of workers going on sick leave due to being overworked and suffering from related health problems.
To remind, a doctor at the orthopaedic clinic in Leskovac, Aleksandar Rangelov, reported the appearance of so-called Aptiv syndrome, due to which many of our workers have been allegedly seeking medical help. A former worker recounted how she had resigned because of the pressure and the fact that, as she put it, she had ‘lost her way’. However, a response came from the company that completely refutes everything.
This is what Aptiv had to say about the aforementioned accusations.
“The health and safety of our 5,000 employees, their families and the community is our number one priority. We are proud to be one of the top employers in Leskovac and are unwavering in our commitment to providing a safe working environment. We invite you to visit us at the end of the month, to see the Aptiv factory for yourself which is one of the best in this branch of industry, and learn about its role in the local community,” reads the company’s press release.
In the meantime, the words of those who have suffered mistreatment are still reported by the media.
“I resigned because of psychological harassment and humiliation. I lost myself, I didn’t have enough patience even for my child because of my state”, says Jelena Živković (age 41), a former Aptiv’s worker. After a year of feeling utterly exhausted, she quit her job at Aptiv, the same company whose workers complained of twelve-hour shifts and asked for medical help due to severe exhaustion.
Jelena spent exactly one year in hell, as she puts it, from 6 August last year to 6 August this year. Now she is happy, despite not having a job. She says that she had taken the job at Aptiv because she expected to make progress in her career and that she would receive a salary of about 55,000 dinars.
She worked at the initial production phase department and contrary to everything she hoped and was told, she worked six days a week, only once received a salary of 54,000 dinars, and since January, received no overtime pay while her salary was between 46,000 and 47,000 dinars.
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