Unions Advise Uljanik Workers How to Delay Freezing of Bank Accounts

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ZAGREB, May 7, 2019 – The head of the Adriatic union, Boris Cerovac, on Monday told a press conference in Pula that workers at the Uljanik and 3. Maj docks whose accounts have been blocked and are not able to pay their bills can ask for a six-month moratorium on distress orders.

He informed that it is possible to delay the freezing of their accounts in line with an agreement reached between the Croatian association of payment agencies and the Blokirani civil society organisation representing citizens with blocked accounts and the union.

That will prevent a landslide of distress orders and blocked accounts, the president of the Blokirani NGO, Miriam Kervatin said, adding that if that were to occur not only would the lives of thousands of families be destroyed but “Pula and Istria would be smothered.”

“The moratorium relates to all distress order that banks, teleoperators, credit card operators transferred to the payment agency,” Kervatin explained.

Cerovac informed reporters of the situation at the Uljanik dock and that the IT sector was in receivership as of Thursday and all its workers were dismissed which will take effect after 30 days. “It is up to each worker to decide what they will do but as there is no bankruptcy fund, it would be wiser to register with the employment agency than to work those 30 days,” he said.

He added that there is no one at the dock working in the payments section. In the personnel section, which is trying to resolve the issue of dismissal notices and other records there are no work safety measures, there is no IT and, as he said, “we are trying to come to an agreement with security guards so that at least there are some workers at the entrance to prevent the entry of unwanted persons or of material leaving the dock.”

“The situation is alarming. If the Chinese are a serious partner, they will need time to find a solution yet workers have no more time. They are waiting for bankruptcy to be launched so they can at least achieve their minimum rights,” Cerovac said, adding that he’s afraid Uljanik is slowly being phased out.

More news about Uljanik can be found in the Business section.


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