The management of Dunaferr wanted to trick the leaders of the Vasas Trade Union with an unexpected trick – we can still evaluate the company’s announcement published on Tuesday, after reading the trade union’s Wednesday reply letter. The management of the company would have postponed the expiration date of the collective agreement terminated in August by 3 months. In return, he expected cooperation from the union, which means withdrawing pending litigation.
In a letter to workers, the Vasas Trade Union points out that accepting the employer’s “offer” published on Tuesday and valid for one day (which in this light was more of an ultimatum) would acknowledge that the termination of the collective agreement on 14 August was legal. . At the same time, by signing the extension of the notice period, the union would agree to the termination of the collective agreement on 30 April forever.
DV Vasas also points out that, just as the employer terminated the contract unilaterally, it may extend it in its sole discretion until 30 April.
So from that point of view the employer’s offer on Tuesday can also be seen as a kind of trap from a union perspective.
The leaders of the trade union also point out that, according to the unanimous opinion of the law firms interviewed, they would significantly weaken their position in the litigation by accepting the offer, as they would accept the legality of last August’s termination by accepting the offer. In this context, it is worth recalling that the union also sues the employer to find out whether the collective agreements have been lawfully terminated.
The union also stresses that it is not clear to them who is entitled to legal representation by the employer and on what basis. They are reminded that the management of the company did not reply to any of Vasas’ letters, they did not agree, the employer’s submission also revealed that the employer can only accept one: if the material is accepted by the union without negotiation and unconditionally.
In a trade union letter sent to the HR director, László Molnár, president of the Dunaferr DV Vasas Trade Union Confederation, explains that if the employer’s offer were accepted, it would be acknowledged that it was legal to terminate the collective agreement. “By signing the extension of the notice period, we would agree that the collective agreement will be terminated forever on April 30, 2021,” they write. In view of all this, they cannot accept the company’s offer, but in return they formulated an alternative offer, the deadline for acceptance of which is 21 January at 3 p.m. In other words, we are dealing with a one-day deadline here too, so the trade union also took a tough stance and gave an ultimatum-like response to a similar action by the employer.
The union’s offer consists of three points:
- The condition for the termination of legal disputes related to the termination of a collective agreement is that the employer revokes the termination of the collective agreement and restores it with unchanged content for an indefinite period of time.
- András Eszenyi’s employment must be restored with immediate effect by the employer, in accordance with the original condition.
- Allow Vasas’ elected presidency to enter and work in the Dunaferr area.
Trade union leader László Molnár believes that their offer would ensure that the current rate of emigration of professionals is reduced.
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