As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 18th of March, 2020, Pevex (formerly Pevec) is attempting to keep its stores open despite the coronavirus outbreak wreaking havoc with the economy, and it has secured six months’ worth of salaries for its employees.
The Pevex retail chain reported on Wednesday that it wouldn’t lay off employees even if individual stores were forced to close due to the spread of COVID-19.
“Pevex will not lay off its employees, even if a particular store closes due to the virus. We’ve secured a net wage payment for our workers for six months and we’re currently focused on further strengthening measures to reduce social contact with the now-strengthened hygiene protocols at all high-risk locations,” a statement from Pevex, signed by CEO Jurica Lovrincevic, stated.
It has also been noted that the range that Pevex sells in its retail stores is absolutely vital to the Croatian construction sector. This, they point out, is especially true for small businesses and craftspeople for whom the company wants and needs to enable a smooth continuation of operations. Pevex also stated that they are currently cooperating with over 83,000 legal entities.
They also added that “we must not be fooled by the thought that the state will be able to respond to the number of requirements that would allow for economic recovery.”
They also note that Germany has recognised all of the above and the damage closures and disruptions would cause to their own domestic economy and beyond, and has as such excluded centres for the sale of building materials and other, similar supplies from the work ban, in addition to self-service shops, pharmacies, beverage stores, drugstores and pet shops.