They want higher wages! The steel giant in the east, US Steel Košice, is negotiating with unions that are asking for higher salaries for employees. As the current negotiations are not producing the desired result, the union leaders have started calling people to join the strike vote. At a time when the whole world is plagued by inflation, the trade unionists are demanding a wage increase of 80 euros, as well as the maintenance of working hours. According to trade unionists, negotiations on the amendment to the collective agreement continued on August 4, but there was no progress and the positions of the negotiating parties remain distant. “At its meeting, held on the same day, the Committee of the Council of Trade Unions OZ KOVO US Steel Košice expressed united support for the collective negotiators in the effort to achieve an increase in collective wages by the amount of 80 euros and the preservation of the current model of the length of weekly working hours, valid as of January 2022,” trade unionists said. They continue that the strike vote at US Steel and subsidiaries is still ongoing. “If a collective agreement is not concluded even after proceedings before a mediator and the parties to the contract do not request an arbitrator to resolve the dispute, the trade union can declare a strike in a dispute over the conclusion of a collective agreement and the employer can apply lockout,” emphasized the trade unionists. In response to the situation in the steel mills, the spokesperson of US Steel Košice, Ján Bača, said that the mediator presented two alternative proposals for resolving the dispute after negotiations with both parties. “The employer was willing to accept either of these two proposals. The trade unionists rejected them and what they will do next is the right question,” said Bača, adding that the agreement is most necessary. “The company has prepared an extensive decarbonization plan, and it will not be possible to implement it without everyone’s cooperation,” the spokesperson added.