Considering the possible confusion that may occur because of the unfounded pronouncements made by some groups of interest on the issue of early retirement and planned employee testing, KEK J.s.c explains the following.
Based on best international practices and the specific requirements of the Labour Law, the main purpose of the testing is the identification and recording of the actual situation of the professional skills of the employees of KEK and the increase of security and protection of staff at work.
This testing is designed to identify the level of expertise and knowledge of protection and safety by the workers which are a key asset of the company.
Moreover, this test aims to identify the training needs of staff for certain levels, to identify the need for the employment of new and professional staff and to identify staff for possible promotions in the future.
Consequently, the practice of testing and training of staff is planned to be performed regularly in future. This will be in accordance with the standard of international companies in the energy sector who are applying testing and training two times within a year.
Therefore, the testing process in no way is designed to remove the workers of a certain profile or age but rather is in the interest of the company and the workers themselves. This test is not selective, but on the contrary it includes all employees of the corporation.
On the other hand, the early retirement scheme that the corporations applying is completely on a voluntary basis and the employees can choose to stay or to leave on early retirement on their own decision. So, nobody in KEK is pushing them to make a decision beyond their will. Furthermore, employees themselves and trade unions requested this scheme, in order to have the comfort and financial security for years to come until they reach the age of retirement.
It should be noted that KEK J.s.c has continuously had similar schemes in the past and hundreds of workers have benefited from.