Thursday, May 2, 2013

Croatia Airlines crew calls in sick

Croatia Airlines crew too sick to work

Croatia Airlines cabin crew forced the cancellation of several flights yesterday and today as a significant number of employees have called in sick. The action is believed to be in protest of a new collective agreement which the management has been unable to sign with both pilots and crew. A total of forty cabin crew members called in sick cancelling yesterday’s flights from Zagreb to Brussels, Munich, Vienna, Zadar, Pula, Paris, Zurich and Sarajevo. This morning’s services from Sarajevo and Pula to the Croatian capital have also been cancelled as well as the Zagreb - Vienna flight. Further cancellations could occur during the day.

Croatia Airlines CEO, Krešimir Kučko, held a press conference yesterday in Zagreb to comment on the latest unexpected developments at the airline. Mr. Kučko said the large number of employees taking sick leave will be investigated and that something like this has never happened in the carrier’s history. “Croatia Airlines has officially asked for an investigation to be undertaken by the authorities”, Mr. Kučko said. He added that 350 passengers were affected by the action yesterday. “In the following days passengers will be rerouted onto other Star Alliance airlines”. The CEO also noted that the action undertaken by cabin crew will hurt the company’s image and impact on its losses.

A total of three out of six trade unions at the airline have signed the new collective agreement which sees a reduction in pay, holidays and other benefits. Pilots and cabin crew have been the most vocal against the new agreement. Earlier, crew called for “stress and danger” payments for working on the Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 which they deem unsafe. The Croatian Minister for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Siniša Hajdaš Dončić, says the latest tactic by Croatia Airlines’ cabin crew is a case for Dr. House. “There is no alternative to the restructuring of Croatia Airlines. If it does not happen the airline will go bankrupt”, the minister concludes.

13 comments:

  1. This is a disaster!

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  2. Sack all the cabin crew who don't turn up to work!

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    1. On what legal grounds? Are they not "allowed" to be sick?

      Everyone is at fault here. That's why it's called management, you need to manage your team, including managing their expectations. Of course, no one cares about the employees, so it's easy to "sack them all."

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    2. The cabin crew are not sick! They are some of the laziest employees in the region! Whil'st most of OU's staff are plesasent, there are some who have a bad attitude problem, and don't want to do anything, except steal bottles of wine from the company!

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  3. Have there been any concrete cases of safety incidents with dash Q aircraft of CA? Or is this just statements by cabin crews?

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    1. There have been a few actually. I think at one point last year they clocked up 12 safety incidents in one month. But the crew is over exaggerating because they want more money. Last year when there were huge problems with staff the technical division at Croatia Airlines “accidently” dropped one of the Q400s while manoeuvring it and it was out of service for a month because it got ruptured. Also pilots constantly complain that the plane is shit. The plane does have some landing gear issues. If I remember correctly SAS has withdrawn the aircraft from service after a landing gear collapse at the gate.

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    2. Isn't that the plane that they used butter on a stuck door?

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  4. So that is the reason their sandwiches are always dry as concrete...
    The butter is always spent on fixing the aircraft!

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  5. I can't wait for all these "sick" people to be unemployed. They are lucky to have jobs to begin with. If you don't like the work conditions or pay, go find another job.

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    1. Very good comment!!!

      People in Former Jugoslavia are still used to comunisam and have to learn how CAPITALISAM is functionating!

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    2. as a western employer in the Balkans, I've noticed that a lot of people suffer the following confusion: It's not about what YOU are worth; it's about what the JOB is worth

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    3. Fully agree with Sarajevo. Do they actually think that if a company is to move forward, a little pain will create long term gain. Why don't they just look at companies in North America. Once employees and unions didn't make agreements with companies, the doors were locked. People lost jobs,pensions and more. In the USA where there are Right to Work Laws, they actually mean that an employee can work in a union shop and NOT be in the union. I have an idea for the flight attendants, who wish to get stress pay for flying on the Dash 8-400....Have the company cut your hours so you don't get as stressed out about it and cut your pay accordingly. You get less hours and less pay.

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