Arbiter: Modern Trade Union Will Represent Staff at Volkswagen SK

Modern Trade Union boss Zoroslav Smolinsky (in the centre). Photo by TASR

Bratislava, March 30 (TASR) – An arbiter appointed by the Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Ministry to deal with a dispute between the new Volkswagen Modern Trade Union and the original KOVO trade union branch at the carmaker has decided that the recently established entity is entitled to represent staff in collective bargaining, Modern Trade Union boss Zoroslav Smolinsky announced on Thursday.

A key factor in the decision was the fact that the Modern Trade Union had 7,556 ordinary members on February 28, while KOVO had a mere 564, said Smolinsky, adding that the arbiter’s decision can’t be subjected to an appeal.

“Today’s decision represents a definitive full stop after an unpleasant period lasting more than five months for trade unions not only at Volkswagen, but also for trade unions in Slovakia. KOVO chairman Emil Machyna on October 12, 2016 sent Slovakia’s largest trade union into liquidation by his attempt to take it [KOVO’s Volkswagen branch] over by undemocratic and crude pressure. The folly of this plan was fully revealed today,” added Smolinsky.