Tag: textile
Macedonia Economy 02.10.21 | 11:34

Textile workers angered by the latest pre-election perk awarded to the public sector employees

A proposed change in the public administration law caused a lot of anger in the public. The proposal will reduce the workday on Fridays by four hours – and is apparently meant to benefit Muslim public sector employees who want more time to attend the Friday prayers at the mosque. The reaction comes...

Macedonia Economy 21.07.21 | 15:51

Textile industry suffers from massive job losses, with no help in sight

The VMRO-DPMNE branch in Sveti Nikole, where the textile industry is a major employer, is warning about the on-going collapse and job losses. In the past weeks, the local Moda textile mill, owned by a former SDSM member of Parliament, fired 300 workers. Hundreds are fired in the large Bargala shoe factory...

Macedonia Economy 14.07.21 | 12:55

SDSM linked textile magnate fires 180 workers in one day

Textile magnate Angel Dimitrov, who owns the Moda plant in Sveti Nikole, fired 180 workers today. The workers were summoned one by one and informed that they are surplus, given the low volume of work the factory has secured. The factory has additional 260 workers on furlough, and their fate is also uncertain. Our...

Macedonia Economy 10.07.21 | 09:15

Textile worker from Stip was advised to get divorced so her husband would be eligible for health insurance and get a badly needed surgery

A textile worker from Stip, whose unemployed husband needs an urgent surgery, was advised to get a divorce so that he will be eligible for public insurance. The bizarre but not unheard of proposal is made because the worker, Silvana Dimitrova, is being furloughed, like many other textile workers in the...

Macedonia Economy 11.04.21 | 11:33

Number of furloughed textile workers rose to 6,000

The number of furloughed textile workers stood at 6,000 last week. Only in Stip, which is Macedonia’s main textile base, 3,500 workers were furloughed – about half of the total number in about 70 mills, said Kiril Naskov from the local textile chamber. Companies are losing demand from their European...

Macedonia Economy 06.04.21 | 10:55

3,500 textile workers furloughed in Stip

Textile chamber officials from Stip warn that 3,500 workers from 70 textile mills were sent home due to the inability to provide salaries. The industry is struggling with low demand from partners in Europe, but the owners were hoping to keep the mills working with the subsidies promised in the latest...

Macedonia Economy 28.02.21 | 17:19

ZMAI: 6,783 jobs were lost in the textile industry in 2020

The ZMAI analytical center reports that only the textile sector in Macedonia lost 6,783 jobs in 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic. The industry employs over 30,000 people across Macedonia, mostly workers who have difficulty getting other, more skilled and better paying jobs. ZMAI informs that 15...

Macedonia 05.11.20 | 10:50

Zaev’s brother denies links to companies caught smuggling designer brands

Vice Zaev, the brother of Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, denied media reports that a company caught smuggling designer clothing brands into Macedonia, is linked to his business empire. A truck carrying goods by a company named Vineks Textile from Strumica was stopped near Skopje. Infomax reported that the...

Macedonia 12.10.20 | 15:30

After a pause of two months, new corona cases reported in Stip

Two textile mills in Stip have had workers test positive to the coronavirus, local officials revealed. One large and one smaller plant operating in the Stip industrial zone are the first plants to have positive workers after a respite of two months. Back in the summer, Stip was one of the worst hit cities...

Economy 10.08.20 | 11:30

Textile companies call for a new Government that will approve an urgent rescue package

The Association of employers called for an urgent creation of a new Government that will then immediately approve a new stimulus package to fight the economic pressure of the coronavirus crisis. Association head Angel Dimitrov said that the crucial textile industry is especially badly hit, even as it...

Macedonia 04.06.20 | 18:36

Textile factories in Stip ordered to close for the weekend

The crisis center in the city of Stip ordered all textile and shoe factories to shut down during the weekend. Six major textile mills were already closed after workers were diagnosed with the coronavirus. Textile is an essential industry in Stip, and the factories have tried to work under the coronavirus...

Macedonia 03.06.20 | 14:56

Another textile mill in Stip ordered to close because of coronavirus fears

Another textile mill in Stip was ordered to close down, said Mayor Blagoja Bocvarski, because of fears that the coronavirus will spread among the workers. Bocvarski would not name the factory, but said that it had one case among 250 employees, and that it is the sixth such factory that was ordered to...

Macedonia 25.05.20 | 15:15

Concerns after two workers in a textile mill in Stip were diagnosed with the coronavirus

Two female workers in a textile factory in Stip were diagnosed with the coronavirus prompting concerns about the safety of these often crowded mills. A total of three cases were diagnosed in the city over the past two days, the third one being a doctor in a small clinic where a nurse was already diagnosed. Local...

Macedonia 24.12.19 | 16:43

The Government confirms that USJE is burning petroleum coke and waste in Skopje, but claims the process is safe

The Zaev Government today issued a press release assuring the public after widespread allegations that waste is being imported in Macedonia to be used as fuel. The allegations have focused on the Greek owned USJE cement factory in Skopje, which also denied reports that it’s burning dirty petroleum...

Economy 01.11.19 | 20:05

Leftist party wants the Government to seize the textile industry

Following a complaint from textile factory owners that their business is suffering from the large number of mandatory public holidays, the leftist Levica party has called for the take-over of their plants by the Government. The industry, which has historically employed many thousands of mainly women...

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