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RE: [Slovak-World] WSJ Article - Jobs In Western Slovakia

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  • Claudia Medvik
    Is knowing Slovak a necessary requirement? Automotive refugee in Detroit, Claudia Medvik
    Message 1 of 2 , Jul 10, 2007
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      Is knowing Slovak a necessary requirement?

      Automotive refugee in Detroit,
      Claudia Medvik


      >From: "Bill Tarkulich" <smitko2@...>
      >Reply-To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      >To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: [Slovak-World] WSJ Article - Jobs In Western Slovakia
      >Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2007 13:22:12 -0000
      >
      >In the 7/10/2007 US-version of the Wall Street Journal:
      >
      >
      >http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118403284979061688.html?mod=hps_us_pageone
      >This article will be available for free only for the next seven (7) days.
      >
      >SNIP
      >"HELP WANTED
      >Shortage of Skilled Labor
      >Pinches Eastern Europe
      >As Workers Move West,
      >Continent Is Losing
      >Competitive Weapon
      >By JOELLEN PERRY in Warsaw and STEPHEN POWER in Bratislava, Slovakia
      >July 10, 2007; Page A1
      >
      >In recent years, global car makers have flocked to Slovakia, attracted
      >by the Eastern European country's plentiful supply of cheap, skilled
      >labor. But this year, when Kia Motors Corp. needed extra workers at
      >its local car plant, it had to place fliers in local newspapers and
      >mailboxes urging residents to apply.
      >
      >Near Bratislava, an area with so many car and supplier factories it's
      >now known as Detroit East, rival Volkswagen AG is so short of help
      >that every day it buses workers from as far away as 60 miles.
      >
      >"I have the most difficult job in the company," says Jaroslav Holecek,
      >director of human resources at VW's Bratislava plant. "Every day
      >people come to me and say, 'I quit. I'm moving to England.' We can't
      >stop them."
      >SNIP
      >...
      >continued
      >
      >
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