All Zagreb flights cancelled tomorrow
Zagreb Airport employees will begin the first of three rounds of industrial action on Thursday, November 21, beginning at 10.00 CET and lasting until midnight on Friday. Workers are unhappy with the concession agreement signed between the Croatian government and the airport’s future operator Zagreb Airport International Company. In addition, the union says the terms of the collective agreement are not being upheld and they are unhappy with their treatment on behalf of the Ministry for Sea, Transport and Infrastructure. The strike comes after several attempts at reconciliation between the union and the airport failed. The airport’s management has stated the industrial action is uncalled for.
The strike will see the cancellation of all flights to the Croatian capital. Croatia Airlines will divert many of its services to other airports in the country and offer bus transfers to Zagreb. Unofficially, employees will begin their second round of industrial action on November 25 at 23.00, ending it at the same time on November 28. A third round of work stoppage has been scheduled for December 1 and will last until the union’s demands are met. Tomorrow's strike is expected to impact the airport's passenger numbers, which have decreased by 1.4% in the first ten months of the year.
Previously, the union outlined seven conditions to its employer which include the immediate halt of the airport’s takeover, an investigation into the concession agreement, pay guarantees for employees in advance of one year and appropriate government measures against the airport’s management which the union says has “damaged the airport’s financial credibility and reputation”. The planned strike is the second to hit the Croatian aviation industry this year. In May, thousands of passengers were grounded when Croatia Airlines’ employees walked off the job for over a week. The original takeover of Zagreb Airport on behalf of the French led consortium was planned for early this year. Problems with the airport’s employees have delayed the start of construction of the airport’s new terminal which has now been postponed until the first quarter of 2014.