Croatia Airlines staff to go on indefinite strike
Croatia Airlines cabin crew have announced they will begin industrial action from Tuesday, May 14 at 06.00 CEST. The strike will last until the management backs down from the terms outlined in the new collective agreement which both pilots and cabin crew have unanimously rejected. Passengers flying with the Croatian carrier can expect cancellations and delays next week if the strike is not averted. Croatia Airlines staff will hold a press conference in Zagreb on Monday in front of the airline’s headquarters at 12.00 CEST in order to officially announce the industrial action.
The move follows a tense few days between the management and its employees after it decided to dismiss personnel who failed to show up to work during the May Day public holiday. The crew says the mass lay off is contrary to state law and has announced it will take legal action against the carrier. “Croatia Airlines has been mounting losses for years and according to first quarter results this year will be no different. Croatia Airlines is far behind its competitors, its employees are harassed and just in the last year 10% of crew have left the airline”, the union said in a statement.
Croatia Airlines’ management notes that only some flights will be affected by the industrial action and has apologised to all of its customers. Passenger can change their flight dates without extra charge or can choose to return their ticket and be compensated in full. Croatia Airlines staff have staged several strikes in the past few years including both in 2010 and 2012.