A court temporarily bans further industrial action at Zagreb Airport
A temporary court injunction has been issued against further industrial action at Croatia’s busiest airport after employees staged a strike on Thursday and Friday, cancelling all flights. Just after midnight services started to resume at Zagreb Airport. The injunction will be in place while the court considers a claim by airport management that the strike was illegal. As a result, further strike action by unions planned for next week have been put on hold. In a statement, the union said it will respect the court’s decision but added the fight for workers’ rights will continue, insisting the industrial action is being halted only temporarily.
It is estimated the two day long strike caused the cancellation of over sixty flights and cost the airport some 118.000 euros per day. Unions are against a takeover by French led consortium Zagreb Airport International Company which said the industrial action has caught it by surprise. Unions fear some 800 employees will lose their jobs and benefits once the airport is taken over. President of Zagreb Airport’s managing board, Miroslav Drljača, has pledged employees would keep both their jobs and benefits for at least five years after the takeover.
According to earlier plans, employees were to stage a three day long strike next week and an indefinite strike from December 1 if their demands were not met, one of which is the immediate stop of the airport’s takeover. As a result of employee angst and a range of other issues in the past, such as financing and construction permits, the takeover and subsequent construction of a second terminal at Zagreb Airport has been severely delayed. Over the past two days passengers traveling to the Croatian capital have endured long journeys with most rerouted to other cities.