The "New Solidarity" union on Monday told a press conference in Sisak that during the recent divestiture of INA's Retail from Retail Services, 800 employees were left without jobs and that workers' rights for those remaining were drastically reduced and their wages were contracted by 30 per cent.

"Negotiations were conducted in complete secrecy after which employees were faced with a fait accompli - to sign the contracts offered or be fired. Several laws were violated in the process. The divestiture was not agreed to by the Croatian government. The arbitration agreement between the Croatian government and Hungary's MOL was violated as was the shareholders' agreement which specifies that decisions of this nature require the approval of the Supervisory board and finally, the labour law too was violated," union leader Predrag Sekulic said.

The union demands a review of the divestiture decision and has appealed to the government to advocate that Croatian laws be abided by and to stop the further devastation of INA whereby Croatia is becoming energy dependant. 

Anyone who objected to the unilateral policies implemented by management have become unfavourable and were fired. Two employees who lost their jobs said that the entire process was conducted with the agreement of the INAS and other unions and that they did not defend workers' rights.

The workers cautioned of safety risks at the refineries due to some key positions being abolished. They warned of the consequences of domestic oil being exported to be refined in Hungary while the Sisak refinery was operating at only 30% of its capacity. They underscored that everywhere, except in INA, losses in oil exploitation were being compensated in refineries.

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