The Croatian oil and gas company INA on Thursday stated that the planned organisational changes in the oil refinery in Sisak were designed to improve business results, and also reassured its social partners that it would continue "conducting constructive talks within the company".
INA issued a press release insisting that the organisational changes in the Sisak refinery were aimed at improving cost and production efficiency, while treating the safety and security of workers and of production processes as priority.
The press release was issued following a rally of some 200 refinery workers who on Wednesday protested against the announced lay-off of 72 workers from the manufacturing process. The disgruntled protesters said that Croatian politicians should pay more attention to MOL's plan to shut down the Sisak plant.
The Hungarian MOL holds about 49% of shares in INA, and the Croatian government is the second biggest shareholder with 44%.
The Sisak refinery employs some 700 people, and local union stewards believe that the firing of 72 workers is paving the way to the gradual closure of the refinery, posing also a threat to the environment.