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Croatia's Supreme Court upholds strike ban at Croatia Airlines

Author Maja Garaca
Croatia's Supreme Court upholds strike ban at Croatia Airlines Author: Croatia Airlines. License: All rights reserved.

ZAGREB (Croatia), August 27 (SeeNews) - Croatia's Supreme Court has upheld the verdict of the Zagreb County Court which declared illegal an industrial action scheduled by Croatia Airlines Workers’ Union (ORCA), the Supreme Court said on Monday.

The Supreme Court said in a statement on its website it has ruled in favour of the plaintiff, Croatia Airlines, and against the defendant, ORCA.

On August 9, Vlasta Feus, a judge at the Zagreb County Court, said the industrial action originally scheduled by ORCA to start at 6 am CET on August 8, is illegal.

"The defendant is prohibited from organising and conducting the strike scheduled from August 8, 2018, until strike demands are met," Feus said in a short statement aired by public broadcaster HRT.

The court found that ORCA did not negotiate a new collective agreement in good faith.

ORCA appealed the decision with the Supreme Court on August 16.

"The appeal was unfounded," the court said on Monday.

Croatia Airlines earlier filed a complaint with the Zagreb court disputing the legality of the strike, which was meant to last until all 150 demands of the employees have been met. The demands include a wage hike, which Croatia Airlines argues would increase its salary costs by 30%, or by 53 million kuna ($8.3 million/7.1 million euro) per year - a financial burden which the company is unable to bear.

(1 euro=7.43919 kuna)