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Workers at shipbuilder Uljanik organised yet another strike, again in demand of unpaid wages. Acc... [more]

Workers at shipbuilder Uljanik organised yet another strike, again in demand of unpaid wages. According to the workers they have worked for 6 to 7 months without receiving wages. Government, that owns some 25% of the shipbuilding company, still has to come with a decision on the future of the company. Earlier this week the government said it would take more time to decide whether to place Uljanik into bankruptcy or to restructure the business.

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Management of the Same Deutz Fahr Žetelice company reached a wage deal with the Croatian Metal Wo... [more]

Management of the Same Deutz Fahr Žetelice company reached a wage deal with the Croatian Metal Workers' Union and the striking committee of the company. With the new deal monthly wages will be increased with 65.50 euro in 2019 and a further monthly increase of 15.11 euro in 2020 and 20.15 euro in 2021. It remains unclear if the wage deal will put an end to the industrial unrest at the company because the striking committee made clear not to be particularly satisfied with the new pay deal. Workers initially demanded a monthly increase in gross wage of 99 euro plus an 8% allowance for special working conditions in production. Because management rejected their demands workers went on strike in January 2019 (see our January and February newsletters) but when the supreme court ruled the strike to be illegal, they resumed work on 8 February 2019.

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Workers at the Same Deutz Fahr Žetelice, a factory that produces combine harvesters, have been on... [more]

Workers at the Same Deutz Fahr Žetelice, a factory that produces combine harvesters, have been on strike since 9 January 2019 in demand of better wages. About 95% of the company's 400 workers are on strike and are seeking an increase of 750 Kuna (about 100 euro) a month and an 8% allowance for special working conditions. The Supreme Court will now decide whether the strike is allowed to go on or not. According to the metal workers union that represents the striking factory workers, the cost of employees amounts to a mere 8% of the company's revenue and with the increase costs would still remain under 10%.

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The problems at Uljanik shipyard, that is dealing with serious financial troubles, are far from o... [more]

The problems at Uljanik shipyard, that is dealing with serious financial troubles, are far from over. After another wave of strike actions last month (see our December newsletter) delayed wages are still not paid. Trade unions now urgently asked the economy ministry to organise a meeting with the management board and the finance ministry in order to find a way to pay delayed wages shipyard workers. Not only did the company miss the deadline for the payment of the December wages, many works still await payment for September, October and November.

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This month saw another wave of strike actions at Uljanik, the biggest shipyard of the country. Wo... [more]

This month saw another wave of strike actions at Uljanik, the biggest shipyard of the country. Workers went on a two-week strike in demand of their November wages and the wages that were not fully paid to them in September and October. These two months the workers received minimum wages instead of their full wages. This summer the Uljanik workers also went on strike to protest similar problems with unpaid wages. Some workers that were unsatisfied with union representation formed an informal workers organisation to represent their interests. This new organisation that is called Stožer za obranu Uljanika (Headquarters for the Defence of Uljanik) is both engaging in negotiations with Uljanik management as in the strike actions.

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According to the national employers’ association labour shortages in the country are so severe th... [more]

According to the national employers’ association labour shortages in the country are so severe that around 30.000 current job vacancies cannot be filled. A lot of these jobs are in the tourism sector that over the years has become one of the most important pillars of the economy, accounting for almost 20% of the GDP. One of the problems is the so-called brain drain, with a lot of young and qualified workers leaving the country to work and live elsewhere. The other side of the story is a mismatch between the skills of the labour force and the demands of the labour market. This mismatch is clearly visible when looking at the 9.1 percent unemployment rate in relation to the thousands of jobs that cannot be filled.

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One of the country’s leading combine harvester production plants has managed to successfully tack... [more]

One of the country’s leading combine harvester production plants has managed to successfully tackle labour shortages. The company has offered workers a permanent contract and a wage increase of 20% in an effort to find properly skilled workers and to motivate the stay of the existing workforce. The Zupanja based plant exports to almost all European countries and is planning an expansion of its business.

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Data published by the finance ministry reveal that, out of a total of 1.6 million registered empl... [more]

Data published by the finance ministry reveal that, out of a total of 1.6 million registered employees, some 87,000 workers receive a monthly net wage between 6000 and 6500 Kuna (807 to 874 euro). This amount represents more or less the monthly average wage that is calculated at 6254 Kuna. As many as 1, 16 million workers earn less than the average wage, with more than half of the workforce (847,750 workers) grouped in the category between 2500 and 5500 Kuna. A small group of top earners (269 employees) receives a monthly net wage above 100,000 Kuna (13,500 euro).

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Workers at several shipyards of the Uljanik group have been on strike in recent months (see our l... [more]

Workers at several shipyards of the Uljanik group have been on strike in recent months (see our latest Newsletters). The core problem is the delay or even uncertainty of pay. Workers in Rijeka left the premises of the 3. Maj shipyard in a protest against unpaid wages. Workers was told that they would receive their September wages, but, according to a trade union representative workers no longer trust anyone. The Rijeka-based plant is part of the troubled Pula-based Uljanik group. The group’s bank account has been blocked for 60 days.

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In a joint statement, marking the 11th World Day for Decent Work, the Independent Trade Unions (N... [more]

In a joint statement, marking the 11th World Day for Decent Work, the Independent Trade Unions (NHS) and the Federation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Croatia (SSSH) take a strong stand for the improvement of workers’ rights. The injustices of the global economic system need to change. The unions called for decent and safe work, with decent pay and working conditions. Moreover, the demand compliance with labour legislation and banning of work on Sundays and public holidays.

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