Sunday, October 6, 2013

Montenegro Airlines sacks Serbian staff

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.

43 comments:

  1. Disgusting. I hope Air Serbia finishes them off.

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  2. We need her as prime-minister in Britain! I think its only
    right that her own Citizens get employment first!

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    1. Speak for yourself.
      I hope you enjoy your Daily Mail.

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    2. How pathetic is this comment from someone who is also not from UK (my assumption due to being interested in Ex-YU aviation)?

      You arrived to UK on the “same flight” as the rest of the foreigners you are talking about.

      It looks like your UKIP and Daily Mail subscriptions finally paid off?

      SHAME ON YOU!

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  3. Their justification doesn't even make sense. I smell court case!

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  4. This is really crazy. I can accept the fact that your own people should get a priority when you are employing but what are they going to do now? Where are they going to get technicians? The only reason they were hired from Serbia is because there are not enough qualified people for the job in Montenegro, which is understandable because of the size of the population. What I find utterly disgusting is her statement where she says “OUR” employees and it is obvious she was referring to Montenegrins and not employees of Montenegro Airlines. Here in Norway the lady would be fired immediately for discrimination.

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  5. Yes, after which they were Serbs formed airline, like everything else in Montenegro

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  6. let me just remind you that new tender for cadet pilots in Air Serbia is just for Serbian citizens only... you must be Serbian citizen to participate in tender. What is the different?

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    1. Let me just remind you that they didn't sack all non-Serbs in the company

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    2. There is no big philosphy. According to Yugoslav and Serbian law pilots flying under states flag have to be domestic citzens. It some odd hyper-security sollution from the socialistic era, which is outdated, and does not count for all other employees.

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    3. Actually, this is very different. While Air Serbia is equal opportunity employer, this competition is not about employment, but scholarship for flight school, with job offer to follow. They will gladly take a foreign pilot with appropriate license, but if they decide to pay for somebody's schooling, they choose to pick a Serbian citizen. Why? Because 1) Serbian government owns 51% of Air Serbia and 2) They want to project an image of "proud national company" in the country.

      And this is, of course, not their idea - Emirates, Etihad and Qatar have been running national scholarship schemes for years and years, because their flight deck crew has been almost exclusively foreign...

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    4. So Montenegro Airlines also want to be "proud national company" with Montenegrian emploies + they will cut 400.000 EUR they pay now extra for Serbian emploies. If Serbia is 51% owner of Air Serbia, Montenegro Airlines is owened 100% by Montenegro.

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  7. ahaa.. kakvo gnusno nacionalicistco izivljavanje... verovatno gospodja pejovic misli da ce se pokazati gde treba i uvostiti u footelji ako dokaze da joj srce kuca na pravoj nacionalnoj strani. smesno je da jedna drzavna kompanija kao jedan od razloga otpustanja stranih radnika, kaze to da ne mogu da nabave radne dozvole. A pogotov u Crnoj Gori gde kurta-i-murta i svakakvi sumnjivi likovi imaju radne dozvole u Tivtu, Budvi, Podgorici...

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    1. Fly Montenegro....klasicno izvlacenje novca iz javnih preduzeca.Neka neko to istrazi

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  8. The title is discriminating, and once again Serbs feel discriminated... there are fore sure more foreigner who will lose there jobs 2 because they use acommodations,

    So the title should be '' Foreigners are getting sacked ''

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    1. No it should not because the entire "foreign" workforce is made up of Serbs. Also, Pejovic in her statement used the word "Serbs" not foreigners.

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    2. Right, because there are so many other nationalities working for Montenegro Airlines.

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  9. @Anonymous 9.36 AM

    Maybe if those UK citizens bothered to apply for jobs and work for the same wage as us foreigners they would have those jobs. I used to work in a recruitment agency for hospitality jobs (mainly hotels) and all jobs were advertised for everyone living in the UK in ENGLISH language and in one year(that is how long I worked there for) I did not see a single British passport even though, I repeat, jobs were advertised for anyone and everyone. So this story about foreigners taking jobs from the British citizens is a complete bull.... Jobs are there but it is up to you if you want or don't want to work, as simple as that. My partner is British, English (if that is important) and works in hospitality for National Minimum Wage and he is only English person there (never felt discriminated).

    As for the topic, these is ridiculous, in one of the most corrupted countries in Europe they dare talking about "fair play", give me a bloody break .....

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  10. http://www.b92.net/info/vesti/index.php?yyyy=2013&mm=10&dd=06&nav_category=167&nav_id=761956

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  11. OT: three new routes for Adria next year:
    VRN-VIE
    VRN-ZRH
    VRN-BRU
    this was ex. Air Dolomiti routes and now Adria will fly for Star Alliance. Source Austrian Aviation Net

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  12. “We have to cut costs. We spend up to 400.000 euros per year just on accommodation”, Ms. Pejović says.

    This statement would imply that they paid that amount for their Serbian workforce to work in Montenegro. Not sure what this statement relates to, however it may well be a distraction.

    Fact is that if workforce is sacked or kept based on their nationality, it is a breach of human rights and should be dealt with accordingly at international courts.

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  13. I wouldn’t be surprised they made a corrupt deal for their aircraft to be maintained somewhere and this was a good excuse to get rid of mechanics. Anyway, all ex-Yu airlines are corrupt but for its size Montenegro Airlines takes the cake. EX-YU you should do some more investigating into what’s going on at the airline. You would be surprised at how bad it is.

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    1. Had the same thought.

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    2. That's probably it. I can't imagine what also could this team of highly professional managers come up with.

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  14. Hahaha love the last paragraph. With such a team of professionals running the airline the world is their oyster.

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  15. OT : Today at morning and at night Turkish Airlines from Istambul to Skopje with Airbus A330, this morning A330 Landed at 7:45 and tonight expected to land ат 19:50. also you can see to www.flightrada24.com

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    1. also today morning flight from vienna was with airbus A321. Look nice this day for Skopje Airport

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    2. Also I see now, tomorrow morning flight from Istambul with turkish will be with A330........ Loooks Great !!!

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  16. Some event hosting or..?
    As for Montegro I don't have any comment for a CEO of an airline which heavily relies to serbian passengers and makes such statements blaming them for high costs. Even if this is true I'm sure there would have been a much better way to communicate such a move.
    I remember when our MAT was established in the 90ties 80% of the crews (pilots and pursers) were Serbs and it was a win win situation. We didn't have any pilots and mechaniscians for B733 and they used the advantage to keep up flying cause JAT was under sanctions most of this period.
    I think quality should be the primar criteria but sometimes it's not and this is unfortunatelly a wide spread protectionist measure especially in Europe.

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    1. Montenegro is dead anyway, JU will kill its Tivat/Podgorica --> Belgrade routes and that's all they've got.

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  17. Am I the only one that thinks they have too many employees for an airline of their size? Not saying that singling out Serbian employees is right, but the probably need a lot more layoffs.

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  18. No wonder why the flights from Podgorica to Nis no longer operate starting 26th October :-(

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    1. It's because the city of Nis doesn't want to pay subsidies anymore. They hope that Air Serbia will base at least one aircraft at INI (without subsidies).

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    2. So, practically speaking the city remains with no regular service?

      On the other hand, I am EXTREMELY shocked on YM's "behaviour" - how come you possibly discrimate someone because of their nationality? This is SO retro...we live in 21st century and not Martin Luther times. WAKE UP YM! Who cares if your employees are Serbs, Russians, Zambian or Korean? As long as they are legal and paying tax, what's the damn problem?????

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    3. Correct. No scheduled flights at INI next winter. The gave up the Trieste-route. They'll use the money for the renovation of the airport (and hope to attract Air Serbia). That should be a sign maybe.

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  19. Whats their next move?
    Only Montenegrin citizens are allowed to fly with them?
    Then let it be like this...

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  20. Ko sedne u avion Montenegro airlinesa, taj je stavio glavu u torbu jer su avione odrzavali iskljucivo srpski aviomehanicari.Ko odrzava sada te stare sklopocije od Fokera.....
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  21. YM has the right to sack whoever of their employees they want, but the way their CEO presented it to the public, namely labeling Serbian employees is outrageous and rasist in the best way.
    They should be ashamed of themselves! Those sacked employees should sue them all the way to European Court of Justice in Strasbourg for disriminating against nationality. We do not live in 19th century.

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    1. Sta ce kraj Morace kad neznaju da plivaju. Kakav vam je gazda takvu ste i nagradu primili. Moze se zgrozavati cuditi... Pokazali su vam pravac pa autobusom za Uzice, Cacak, Kraljevo, Beograd... pa ko gde stigne. Nije lepo, ali surova istina. Morava je pitomija i toplija. Ako trazite vec uhlebljenje, trudite se preko okeana, Bilo kojeg. Moraca i tako "big bullshit" nece vas pratiti. Sa mojim licnim iskustvom svedocim
      njima neka bude po njihovom "trudu" a vama
      otpustenim iz tudje drzave zelim uhljebljenje
      mir I zaboravite ih, Misleci uvek dobro!.
      Rodney Marinkovic AME (ret.) Griffith AUS.

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  22. Montenegrinans should lay back in the couch and Croatia airlines be their carrier of honour.....respectability.....and open mindness.......

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  23. I know it is not going to happen but I would love to see Serbian companies doing the same now and under same pretext. It would be so wise to save all that money paid to Montenegrians for doing nothing and redirect it to citizens of Serbia. As for scholarships, the time when you studied for free in Serbia should end anyway.
    Finally, everything you have in Montenegro worth mentioning was built by Serbians back in the day and now you are sacking the very people that probably built it. Without them you will not have an airline any more. Well done you!

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