Uljanik Management Admits No Solution for Wage Payment

Lauren Simmonds

Uljanik’s unenviable woes continue.

As Morski writes on the 14th of October, 2018, Uljanik’s burdened administration has finally admitted that it can’t solve the problem of wage payments to employees without the the intervention of the state, while the state claims that it is not its job to help.

”I think this time, the situation will be much worse than during the strike and the protest because of the failure to pay July’s salary,” said Boris Cerovac, President of the Adriatic Trade Union.

Just like the previous three, the last working day of this week failed to bring with it any news or forward momentum on the payment of September’s salaries, nor did it offer any news on the terms of Uljanik’s restructuring program, two topics which are, at this moment in time, by far the most important in a proverbial sea of ​​burning issues for the shipyard’s future, writes Glas Istre. Yesterday, as was announced, Uljanik was visited by representatives of the Ukrainian Smart Group, owned by Forbes’ list billionaire Vadim Novinsky, who is allegedly interested in investing in Croatian shipbuilding.

They talked with president of Uljanik’s administration, Denis Rabar, who presented the company and the plans for its restructuring to them, after which they all visited the shipyard itself. Since the arrival of the Ukrainians was organised by the Ministry of Economy, there was no public statement for journalists from Uljanik, nor from the Smart Group after the meeting. Onlookers were able to view the situation only from a far, more specifically from over a fence.

While Rabar talked to potential partners from Ukraine, Uljanik’s top dog, Gianni Rossanda, was at a meeting with trade union representatives, and the main topic was expected to be the issues surrounding the payment of September’s salary which should arrive in workers’ bank accounts on Monday. But, alas, that meeting didn’t produce any concrete results either. The workers’ representatives didn’t come to find out anything that they didn’t already know before the meeting.

”We didn’t find out anything new, although on Monday, October the 15th, according to the collective agreement, is the final deadline for payment of salaries for September,” Đino Šverko told reporters after the end of the meeting.

He added that not even the unions were familiar with the content of the talks between Uljanik’s administration and the representatives of a possible Ukrainian partner held at that time in the shipyard.


Click here for the original article by Milan Pavlovic for Glas Istre


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