Foreign workers no longer welcome at Montenegro Airlines
In an extraordinary measure, Montenegro Airlines has announced it is terminating contracts with all Serbian citizens working for the airline in Montenegro adding that Montenegrin nationals will not lose their jobs. The carrier’s CEO, Daliborka Pejović, explains the measure is necessary in order for the airline to save money. “We have to cut costs. We spend up to 400.000 euros per year just on accommodation”, Ms. Pejović says. The majority of Serbian employees at Montenegro Airlines are technicians and engineers. In addition, a handful of Serbian cabin crew have also lost their jobs. Ms. Pejović adds that another reason for the termination of contracts for its staff from Serbia is that they cannot secure permits to stay and work in Montenegro.
The CEO of Montenegro Airlines ensures that Montenegrin nationals working at the carrier are safe. “There are no plans to lay off any of our workers. Only if we really have to will we consider it as a final measure. Currently there are 433 employees at Montenegro Airlines”, Ms. Pejović explains. However, four interns working at the airline recently lost their jobs with the CEO stating it was a one off as they were not hired according to procedure.
Realising its newest measure could be interpreted as racial discrimination, the carrier has issued the following statement, “In accordance with the goals of our company, which includes the outmost rationalisation of business, we have recently done a lot of work to cut all costs, of which the public has been informed of. The dismissal of employees was carried out under no particular basis rather we are just ‘dismissing costs’”.
The airline’s latest unique cost cutting measures were approved by CEO Daliborka Pejović who is a high ranking member of the governing DPS party and her four member Board of Directors which features Duško Lalićević, former ambassador and head of the Montenegrin Tennis Association, Tufik Bojadžić, a politicologist who is also the Deputy Mayor of the town of Bijelo Polje, Živko Andrijašević, a historian who is also the advisor on national policy to the Montenegrin President and Branislav “Brano” Golubović the head of the DPS Municipal Board in Berane.