Andy BILLINGHAM, Kamila DEMKOVA
Awards for four of our colleagues
Last Friday, September 8th, Banska Stiavnica was taken over by miners, geologists, metallurgists and oil prospecters, who came there to celebrate their special day.
The official assembly was attended by National Employers' Union President and SR Association of Metallurgy, Mining Industries and Geology President Anton Jura, USSK Vice-presidents Miroslav
Kiralvarga and Martin Pitorak, USSK Metalurg Trades Union Council Chairman Mikulas Dula, and other special guests. The best twenty-five employees of member companies received the highest awards
from the relevant organization, including four employees of U. S. Steel Kosice - Jozef Baco from the Repairs Division, Ludovit Beres from the Transport Division, Jan Pihulic from the
Blast Furnaces Division, and Stefan Urban from the Cold Strip Mill Division.
U. S. Steel Kosice traditionally at the Brno Fair
Next Monday, September 18th, sees the gates open to visitors for the 48th time at the International Engineering Fair in Brno, Czech Republic. According to the
organizers' information, all the pavilions are sold out and the stands will be occupied by 2100 exhibitors from 32 countries. Pavilion M is the location this year for U. S. Steel
Kosice's exhibition, and Tuesday, September 19th, is scheduled as Slovak Day at the fair. U. S. Steel Kosice managers will be traveling to Brno to engage in a series of negotiations
with customers, and the International Engineering Fair in Brno ends on Friday, September 22nd.
Safety Video for September 2006
The Safety Video for September 2006 is intended to assist employers and employees alike in recognizing the dangers associated with chemical substances and in using
them safely so as to prevent undesirable incidents, including injuries. Code-marking of containers aids the immediate identification of the dangerous chemicals that we work with, and provides
quick information about physical and health risks. The video presents examples of accidents involving exposure to chemicals and shows how it would have been possible to prevent them, for example
during cleaning or painting.
Work positions audit
The first day of September this year saw the beginning in all divisions and plants of U. S. Steel Kosice of a new work positions audit. As Ocel Vychodu was
informed by Vice-president Labor Relations and Compensation Martin Pitorak, this audit has several aims. One of the principal ones is to carry out a review of all work positions, shop-floor and
office positions alike. Another objective of the audit is to determine the optimal number of employees for individual shifts, plant units and workplaces, as well as optimal numbers for comparison
with plants throughout the whole Corporation. The final results of the work positions audit will be known soon after October 15th of this year.
USSK Summer Olympics
The grand opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics took place at the Technical University Stadium on Watsonova Street in Kosice on Friday of last week. In the course
of two days at the Company Olympics, 1204 competitors battled for the best placings in thirteen different sports. For the first time in the history of these Summer and Winter Olympics, moreover,
the Olympic Sportsperson of the Year was announced. The first-time winner turned out to be Lucia Petrovicova from the staff of GM Statistical Analyses, who gained the most points. In the winter
she was a member of the silver-medal-winning Blast Furnaces ice-hockey team and she won the 5km cross-country skiing race, and in the latest games she won the cycling time-trial for under-35
women and took first place in the women's in-line skating competition, as well as getting the bronze medal in squash.