Striking Uljanik Workers Hold Protest Walk in Pula

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ZAGREB, October 22, 2018 – About 1,500 disgruntled workers in the Uljanik shipyard started a strike on Monday morning over the unpaid salary for September, and at the beginning of their industrial action they left the premises of the dock and took a protest walk through the city of Pula.

During the protest, a score of the striking workers led by unionists also entered the administration building in a bid to get answers about the payment of wages. After some time, management board member, Denis Rabar, tried to leave the building, but he was shortly prevented by the disgruntled protesters. Eventually, security staff enabled him to depart the building.

Currently, two ships are being built in this Pula-based dock and their finalisation is expected by the end of this year. According to unofficial information, sub-contracts also did not work in the shipyard this morning.

The striking committee that convened on Sunday evening decided that this industrial action would start on Monday morning. They insist that the current management has neither legitimacy nor strength to take necessary steps to put an end on the agony of this company.

Management board chairman Gianni Rossanda said on Friday that a new plan for the overhaul of the shipyard would be forwarded to the Economy Ministry until the end of that day.

This has been the third strike in Uljanik this year. The first was held in January and the second was held from 22 to 31 August due to unpaid wages for July.


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