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Factsheet for measure SK-2020-14/1067 – measures in Slovakia
, applies locally
|Time period||Temporary, 01 April 2020 – 30 September 2020|
|Type||Bipartite collective agreements|
Protection of workers, adaptation of workplace
– Changes of management approach
|Author||Rastislav Bednarik, Ludovit Cziria, Daniela Keselova, Miroslava Kordosova (IVPR) and Eurofound|
|Measure added||07 September 2020 (updated 08 September 2020)|
The automotive industry was seriously hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and all major car producers in Slovakia, including their suppliers, interrupted or reduced their production for several weeks. In relation to the pandemic, the government adopted a package of measures to alleviate its impact on employers, employees as well as citizens. Affected employers in the automotive industry, needed to respond properly to maintaining employment and restart of production. One of them was Volkswagen Slovakia, Bratislava, where it was a threat of serious decline in usual income of employees.
During the standard operation, the remuneration system in VW Slovakia in Bratislava includes bonuses based on the defined production goals, e.g. bonuses for working groups make 5-10% over the wage tariffs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, working groups were unable to achieve the defined production goals after the restart of production, that would result in lower wages of employees. To stabilise the workforce, the management of Volkswagen Slovakia in Bratislava and the Modern Trade Unions Volkswagen (MOV) agreed on exceptional rules for the remuneration of employees in the existing collective agreement. The bonuses of working groups will be 8% of wage tariffs regardless of the actual achievement of defined production goals.
The agreement between the MOV and the management of Volkswagen Slovensko in Bratislava will be applied also to VW plants in Martin and Stupava. Agreed bonuses for working groups over employees´ wage tariffs will be paid during the 2nd and 3rd quarter of 2020. For instance, an employee performing a job classified in the middle of wage tariffs, would obtain a bonus over his or her wage tariff in amount of about €150-200 in average.
Employees in standard employment
||Does not apply to citizens|
Social partners jointly
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
This is a joint initiative of management of Volkswagen Slovakia in Bratislava and the local trade union Moderné odbory Volkswagen.
According to the available information, implementation of the temporary provision in the collective agreement agreed with management contributed to keeping the income stability of employees in Volkswagen Slovensko. Despite of temporary interruption of production and problems with achieving the defined production goals after its restart, employees obtained bonuses over their wage tariffs in a fixed amount. Actually paid bonuses were, in many cases, higher than usual bonuses paid during the standard operation.
|Economic area||Sector (NACE level 2)|
|C - Manufacturing||C29 Manufacture of motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers|
This case is not occupation-specific.
Eurofound (2020), Collective agreement Volkswagen Slovensko Bratislava for 2019-2023, measure SK-2020-14/1067 (measures in Slovakia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/SK-2020-14_1067.html
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