Representatives of 11 trade unions uniting workers of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih met with the General Director of the company Mauro Longobardo and HR Director Yulia Chermazovich to discuss the salary increase scheduled for May 1 this year.
The meeting was also attended by the financial director of the company Sergey Plichko and the deputy general director for legal issues, interaction with government bodies and communications Artem Filipyev.
“We fully share the desire of trade union organizations to ensure fair wages for our employees. That is why, with the help of Hay Group specialists, we conducted a detailed analysis of salaries in the metallurgical industry and revised the amount of salaries. None of our employees will receive a salary lower than the level determined by the market, ”said Mauro Longobardo.
From May 1 of this year, all employees of the company are guaranteed to receive at least 5% more than before. For a number of positions and specialties, wages will rise and more to match the realities of the market. The company spends more than 700 million hryvnias to raise salaries and pay the 13th salary in March this year, in fact, an amount equivalent to the amount of net profit in 2020.
“Not every enterprise in Ukraine can boast of such an open and honest dialogue with employees, which we practice at ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih,” said Yulia Chermazovich. “It is important that people know the real state of affairs in the company, in the industry and in the country's economy. To understand what huge investments are required to modernize the enterprise, improve environmental standards and working conditions. And the main thing is that they know how much we value each member of our team and how we fight to preserve every job, especially during a pandemic and economic downturn. "
The company invites unions to return to discussing next steps after Hay Group publishes an updated salary analysis based on Q2 results.
Let's remind that today near the building of the ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih plant management was held the most numerous rally of workers in recent years, demanding an increase in wages by 30%. "A 5% salary increase is disrespectful to workers," said the workers of the metallurgical plant.
The protest actions of the employees of PJSC "ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih" will continue if the conditions of the plant workers are not met by April 9, the organizers said.