Construction and State Assets Minister Darko Horvat received the workers after they held a protest rally outside Government House on Wednesday, demanding talks with the government’s representatives.
After the meeting Horvat said that there was no need for the protest to have been held because the government had already taken certain steps in reference to the fate of the Orljava company.
“The government is not running from its obligations. Workers will get their three outstanding salaries in accordance with the law. I promised them that they would get their pay in the next 10 days,” Horvat told reporters in Government House.
Horvat: We insist on finding a strategic partner for Orljava
He said that the government is not thinking of liquidating the company but is insisting on finding a strategic partner. We think that there is no other way out. We have launched very intensive talks with Hemco from Đakovo, he said.
Hemco is specialised inn manufacturing protective clothes.
“At the moment, all the conditions that the government has set for Hemco have not been met for it to take over Orljava, until we negotiate the final details as there is still one small uncertainty,” said Horvat.
He announced that a hearing has been set for Friday when Orljava will be assigned with a trustee.
Union leader Tomislav Kiš said that they found common ground with the government and established common stances, objectives and wishes.
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