Rijeka and Pula Shipyard Workers Begin Strike

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ZAGREB, August 22, 2018 – Employees in the Rijeka-based “3. Maj” and the Pula-based “Uljanik” shipyards, that are parts of the Uljanik Group, on Wednesday began their industrial action because they didn’t receive their pay for July on Tuesday and they will strike at their work stations until they get their salaries.

Employees of all the seven companies in Pula and of the dock in Rijeka are on strike, and only security staff, fire-fighters and emergency services on duty are exempted from the strike.

A unionist said on Wednesday morning that all but necessary services had gone on strike at 7 am.

Uljanik workers were to have received their July wages on August 15 or the next day, considering the public holiday. However, they did not receive their pay on August 17 either and launched conciliation proceedings which, according to the law, last for five days, which expired on Tuesday.

The 3. Maj shipyard’s bank account was unblocked on Tuesday after it was blocked this past Friday, the shipyard, which is part of the Uljanik Group, reported yesterday, “The 3. Maj shipyard company wishes to inform the investment public that the company’s commercial accounts are no longer blocked,” a brief statement from the shipyard said.

Replying to a query from the Zagreb Stock Exchange on Friday, the shipyard’s management said the company’s account had been blocked and added that the restructuring programme of the Uljanik docks would create preconditions to intensify the overall production activities of the Uljanik Group, which includes the 3. Maj shipyard.

“It is a fact that business in the 3. Maj shipyard has been affected by the overall situation and partly due to the problems in the Uljanik Group,” the company said.


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