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UPDATE 1 - Croatia Airlines urges unions to negotiate mutually acceptable solution

Author Maja Garaca
UPDATE 1 - Croatia Airlines urges unions to negotiate mutually acceptable solution Author: Croatian transport ministry. License: All rights reserved.

ZAGREB (Croatia), August 9 (SeeNews) - Croatia Airlines called on its workers' union, which has scheduled a strike, to return to the negotiating table in order to reach a collective labour agreement acceptable to both the employees and the company, it said on Thursday.

The Croatian flag carrier welcomed a Zagreb court decision which ruled illegal a strike planned by its employees who are demanding a new collective labour agreement, it said in a statement sent to SeeNews.

"The management of Croatia Airlines welcomes the aforementioned court decision which, at the peak of the tourist season, enables the company to carry out its regular (scheduled) flights", the company noted.

Earlier on Thursday, Vlasta Feus, a judge at the Zagreb County Court, said the industrial action originally scheduled by Croatia Airlines Workers’ Union (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 has found that ORCA did not negotiate a new collective agreement in good faith.

The court first imposed a provisional ban on the strike on Tuesday.

According to HRT, Croatia Airlines' employees now have 8 days to appeal the court's decision, with the provisional ban to remain in force until the process of appeal is completed.

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=7.43547 kuna)