Andy BILLINGHAM, Kamila DEMKOVA
Focus on occupational safety and prevention
The area of occupational safety and health protection is a subject which the Metalurg U. S. Steel Kosice Trades Union Council pays unceasing and special
attention. At the Council's session last Thursday, August 10th, this topic was discussed from several points of view. Council Deputy Chairman Juraj Antalik informed the members of the
outcome from the meeting between union and employer's representatives regarding CO monitoring in the Blast Furnaces division, where specific joint conclusions were agreed upon. Occupational
safety was also one of the topics discussed at the meeting involving members of trades union organizations and Company management, Council Chairman Mikulas Dula pointed out. Then in further talks
between the Council's executive and Company representatives on the subject of preventive health checks, safety and protection of health at work were especially resonant points.
The Slovak Association for the Physically Disabled in cooperation with Nizna Kamenica village council recently organized a Health Day in the village. A rich
entertainment program was put on by children from the local children's home, pre-school and elementary school. The large audience of Nizna Kamenica residents and around 150 members of the Slovak
Association for the Physically Disabled from nearby villages including Ďurkov, Bidovce, Cakanovce and Svinica also enjoyed performances by the traditional folk dance ensemble Vechec and singing
ensemble Ceresen. There was especial interest in the blood pressure testing station run by local health-service staff. A similar event was also enjoyed by disabled children and their parents in
Poproc. These Health Days in Poproc and Nizna Kamenica were sponsored by U. S. Steel Kosice.
Interns in full occupation
The summer internship program for more than forty third- and fourth-year college and university students at U. S. Steel Kosice has shifted over into its
second half. As Ocel Vychodu was told by the head of the education section in the department of GM HR Development and Services Helena Michaeliova, the participants in this year's internship will
go down in the history of its organizing so far as being among the best and showing the most initiative of all. This does not just concern their performance in their assigned workplaces, where
they are spending three days every week, but also their extra-mural activities. They have already been through the team-building as well as the management training sessions - but the most
important component still awaits the interns. This will be their case-study work. This is scheduled for three days, and the students' challenge will be to make the most of all the new experience
and insights they have gained at the steelworks to find the most effective solution to changes in the human resources part of a fictitious small company. This assignment has been prepared for
them by specialists in the department of GM HR Development and Services, and presentations of the case studies prepared by the students are set for the end of August.
New chairwoman for the USSK Catering Committee
Regularly once a month there is a meeting of the members of the U. S. Steel Kosice Catering Committee. Ocel Vychodu has learned from Vice-president
Employment and Motivation Martin Pitorak that at the August session of the Catering Committee a new chairwoman was appointed, this time an employer's representative, projects coordinator Eva
Olejova, who has taken over this position from the long-serving chairman and employees' representative Juraj Antalik. Committee Deputy Chairman is trades union representative Karol Krisica.