Croatia Airlines strike begins

Flight delays and cancelations at Croatia Airlines
Croatia Airlines has been forced to cancel many of its flights today as the union of Croatia Airlines pilots, cabin crew, airline technicians and the “Novi sindikat” planned to begin a 24 hour strike. However, late last night they announced they were cancelling today’s strike. Nevertheless all of the planned flight cancellations remain in place. Despite spending over a year discussing the terms of their collective agreements with the airline’s management, no solution has been found. Today's strike was only supposed to be a warning to the management and further industrial action could be taken in the coming months if no agreement is reached. Despite the fact that the strike was supposed to last from 06.00 this morning until 06.00 tomorrow morning, the Croatian national carrier was forced to cancel its evening service to Sarajevo yesterday, since the aircraft would be unable to return to Zagreb in the morning and several flights will be cancelled tomorrow as well. Furthermore, passengers can expect delays on early morning flights tomorrow until operations resume to their full capacity.

The unions note that Croatia Airlines will be operating 80% of its scheduled services. Today, the airline has cancelled its flights to Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Brussels, Zurich, Dubrovnik, Split, Rome, Priština, Vienna, Munich, Pula, Zadar, Sarajevo and Skopje. As a result, return flights from Pula, Zadar, Sarajevo and Skopje, which are scheduled to operate on March 9 have also been cancelled. It should be noted that on some of these destinations, Croatia Airlines operates more than one daily flight and in most cases only one of the daily flights has been cancelled.

Croatia Airlines’ management is fuming over the planned walk out by staff saying that the industrial action is unnecessary. It has been further angered after employees said that they wouldn't strike with the airline unable to resume normal operations today. The carrier claims that the terms set out by the unions go against the airline’s cost cutting measure while seven of the eleven conditions set out by the unions go against Croatia’s state laws. Furthermore, the management says the strike will cost the airline 200.000 euros. Croatia Airlines is offering passengers the opportunity to be either rebooked on other flights or compensated to the full amount of their ticket price. Latest strike details can be found on the carrier’s website here. Those interested in viewing the collective agreement from 2011 that unions want to be changed can view it here (PDF document - in Croatian).


  1. Anonymous09:55

    very simple. fire the worst out of the bunch and show others what fate will follow. quickly change ZOR (zakon o radu) and start outsourcing personnel from an agency. what these people think ? everyone else is in problems, airlines are going bust and these guys want to have their rights increased and have us taxpayers finance that ?
    On other note, I know for a fact how stuff gets stolen from the planes. One flight attendant girl accumulated a whole collection of wines in her cellar - stolen wine that is expensive. Not to mention other stuff.

    While all this happens, I would change the management too and put someone else in charge.

  2. JU520 BEGLAX10:45

    Adria is flying those routes for OU today:

    OU8001 LJU ZAG 06:15 06:45 0 0 0 0 0 0
    OU470 ZAG CDG 07:30 09:35 135 0 135 0 0 0
    OU471 CDG ZAG 10:35 12:30 135 0 135 0 0 0
    OU662 ZAG DBV 13:35 14:30 135 0 135 0 0 0
    OU665 DBV ZAG 15:10 16:05 135 0 135 0 0 0
    OU8000 ZAG LJU 16:55 17:30 0 0 0 0 0 0
    OU8005 LJU ZAG 06:00 06:30 0 0 0 0 0 0
    OU480 ZAG CPH 07:15 09:25 180 0 180 0 0 0
    OU481 CPH AMS 09:45 11:10 180 0 180 0 0 0
    OU481 AMS ZAG 12:00 13:50 180 0 180 0 0 0
    OU8006 ZAG LJU 14:35 15:10 0 0 0 0 0 0

    AAS = A320
    AAP = A319

  3. JU520 BEGLAX14:23

    Turkish Airlines Plans 737-900ER Service to Athens / Beirut / Tel Aviv / Zagreb in S12

    As per 08MAR12 GDS timetable and inventory display, Turkish Airlines plans to introduce Boeing 737-900ER aircraft on service to Athens, Beirut, Tel Aviv and Zagreb.
    Planned operational routes, effective dates and flights as follows. Note additional changes remain possible:

    Istanbul – Zagreb
    25MAR12 – 16JUL12 Day x247
    17JUL12 – 18SEP12 Daily
    21SEP12 – 23OCT12 Day x34

  4. Anonymous15:33

    They don't ask for money or privileges!!!!!!, but they ask Government to change management which made 1 billion kunas debts and minimum security level of flying that was changed by company management.

    1. Anonymous16:35

      Kažete, radnici štrajkuju, a ne traže ni novac ni privilegije, već traže promenu menadžmenta???

      Oprosti, ali kao jedan od direktno involviranih učesnika dva JAT-ova štrajka tvrdim da je to glupavo.

      Moje iskustvo govori da su štrajkovi, tj. nezadovoljstvo koje rezultira štrajkom gotovo uvek ciljano izazvani, radi ostvarivanja ciljeva jedne grupe ljudi koji ili upravljaju kompanijom, ili nameravaju da upravljaju kompanijom.

      Radnici naravno pravedno štrajkuju jer su im ti manipulatori smanjili plate i ukinuli odredjene privilegije(koje su imali, ili imaju drugi u regionu). U svakom štrajku je insistiranje na smeni direktora ili menadžmenta apsolutna glupost (jer na kraju dodju još gori), već uvek treba insistirati na minimumimu zahteva koji moraju ući u kolektivne ugovore strukovnih sindikata.

      Takodje uvek treba što više razvući vreme pretnje (štrajk upozorenja i sl.),jer se u emotivno napetoj atmosferi u štrajk lako sklizne i udje, a onda se iz njega vrlo teško izlazi, jer ni jedna strana ne sme da sebi dozvoli kapitulaciju ( a pojednačne tvrdoglavosti, sujete i antagonizmi rapidno rastu).

      I tu onda obe strane mnogo gube, a ako se status kvo oduži, na mesec i duže, može se dogoditi da kompanija nestane u stečaju.

      Izvinjavam se što ne pišem na engleskom, ali nemam dovoljno znanja i živaca da se izrazim na pravi način. Hvala.

  5. Anonymous05:48

    Wow....Look at the solidarity of Adria staff! Mices! It seems like JP lost their compass...

  6. Anonymous18:13

    Poštujem mišljenje kolege iz JAT-a, ali ako u CTN hitno ne smjene upravu neće biti ni firme, ni sindikata ni kolektivnog ugovora.


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