Plenković: Cardinal’s Sermon Was Not Criticism of Government

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ZAGREB, April 21, 2019 – After the Archbishop of Zagreb in his Easter homily called on the authorities to tackle the problem of shipyard workers who have not received their wages for months, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković told reporters that “additional efforts are being made in very demanding circumstances” to address this issue.

Speaking to the press after attending Easter Sunday Mass in the Zagreb cathedral, Plenković said that Archbishop Josip Bozanić’s sermon was encouraging to public office holders.

Asked if he took the cardinal’s message as a criticism, the prime minister said he thought the contrary. He said that last year the government had secured money for the Pula and Rijeka shipyard workers’ wages and was now making “additional efforts in very demanding circumstances.” He recalled that a delegation of a Chinese shipbuilding corporation was expected to visit the two docks soon.

Asked how he took Bozanić’s sermon, Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković said that it was a complex sermon the gist of which was that “we should do good to each other and take care of those in need.”

“The message concerning the shipyard means that obviously there is awareness that the situation is difficult and that account should be taken of the workers and those who have found themselves in a difficult situation through no fault of their own. We have certainly understood that message well and we will deal with that,” Jandroković said.

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


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