ZAGREB, April 4, 2019 – Unionists at the Uljanik dock on Thursday warned of the unbearable situation facing workers at that Pula-based shipyard who have been striking for 15 days yet there is no positive information from the management or the government, which has led them to send a fourth letter to Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and urge him to finally resolve the situation in the Uljanik Group.
The head of the strike committee, Boris Cerovac, confirmed for Hina that he had sent yet another letter to the prime minister.
“There are fewer and fewer workers at the dock and they are leaving Pula en masse, about twenty leaving the dock each day. I believe that the number would be even higher if Uljanik’s personnel department did not work just two days a week. In any case, the situation is unbearable. There are a lot of contentious issues and questions. It is obvious that everyone has given up on us,” Cerovac said.
Another shop steward, Đino Šverko, said it was unbelievable and sad that the government had made absolutely no mention of Uljanik at its meeting earlier in the day or discuss the agony of the dock’s workers, underscoring that it was obvious that no-one was taking any notice of the workers anymore.
“We are tired of all this and of all the promises. They should tell us once and for all whether Uljanik will file for bankruptcy or be restructured. This time-buying isn’t to anyone’s benefit,” Šverko told Hina, adding that it was no wonder that scores of Uljanik workers had recently sought psychiatric help, as could be seen on social networks.
He added that his union had approached the International Labour Organisation in Turin “because the case is in violation of all international conventions on workers’ rights.”
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