“Fewer than 20 workers from Fiat’s factory in Kragujevac have signed the contract for a year’s work in Slovakia in the last two weeks,” said the president of the factory’s Nezavisnost trade union, Zoran Stanic.
“The workers’ response to the offer to work in the car factory in Trnava, Slovakia, is still far below the management’s expectations, despite daily persuasion to accept the offer,” Stanic told the FoNet news agency. The management has also asked the workers to state in writing why they do not accept the offer.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has informed the workers that they can apply for work at a Stellantis plant in Slovakia, which produces Peugeot 208 and Citroen C3 Picasso.
According to Stanic, the main reasons for the less than enthusiastic response are the unattractive monthly salary and other conditions.
“Workers in Kragujevac have been offered a salary of about 850 euro, with which they have to pay for their food and accommodation, so they will be left with a maximum 400 euro per month, which is little more than a month’s worth of paid annual leave here,” Stanic said.
He explained that working in Slovakia under the offered conditions would mean that workers would also have to their living costs in Slovakia and the living costs of the families they left in Kragujevac. “It is clear to everyone that such conditions are unacceptable, as well as the management’s explanation that workers are sent to Slovakia to undergo training,” Stanic concluded.
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