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Unions at Croatia's Uljanik urge govt to resolve wage delays - report

Unions at Croatia's Uljanik urge govt to resolve wage delays - report Pomer ship; Source: Uljanik Plovidba

ZAGREB (Croatia), January 21 (SeeNews) - Trade unions at Croatia’s troubled shipbuilding group Uljanik asked the economy ministry again on Monday to urgently organise a meeting with the management board and the finance ministry in order to find a way to pay delayed wages to Uljanik employees, local media reported. 

The unions pointed out that Uljanik has missed January 15 deadline for payment of December salaries, national broadcaster HRT reported.

In addition, for most workers the payments for September, October and November have also been delayed.

The unions also said that their request for a meeting with the Uljanik board and the finance ministry they made on January 16 went unanswered. They warned that a erfusal to meet their demand could result in strikes. 

Uljanik employs some 1,800 people and has been in financial trouble for several years due to the adverse effects of the global financial crisis on the shipbuilding industry in general which has led to a drop in orders for new vessels.

Uljanik said on Thursday that it has decided to extend until January 24 the period for in-depth analysis of the state of the company due to interest from potential investors.

Interested investors can access Uljanik's data room every workday from 8 AM to 6 PM (CET) as well as on Saturday, January 19 from 9 AM to 1 PM. The deadline for submitting offer for establishing strategic partnership with Uljanik remains unchanged - 8 PM on January 25.