INA unions' initiative to save jobs accepted by management

The management board of the INA oil company has accepted an initiative by the company's unions and it has been agreed that once changes to the organisational structure of INA's refineries in Rijeka and Sisak are completed, the management will give up on its plan to dismiss refinery workers and instead offer them other jobs within INA, the unions reported on Tuesday.

The decision on changes to the organisational structure was adopted earlier and should now be implemented, and refinery workers will be reassigned to other duties within INA in line with their qualifications and experience and the employers' business needs, the SING union reported.

INA's union representatives had submitted a proposal to the company management that surplus workers be offered other positions within the INA Group so that the number of actual surplus workers be brought to a minimum. The unions had also asked that workers be offered additional training for other positions, a press release notes.

The reason for the agreement between INA's management and the company's unions is the difficult economic and social situation in Croatia and the unions advocate integral solutions that will ensure the continuation of INA's refining operations, SING union leader Jasna Pipunic said, noting that a decision in that regard had still not been made.

Until that process is completed, the unions have recommended, in the spirit of social dialogue, concrete solutions aimed at preserving jobs and protecting workers' rights.

"We want to salvage every job and protect every worker in INA. That can only be achieved through social dialogue and sustainable solutions jointly proposed by unions. This is the best news our workers have received over the festive season," Pipunic concluded.

Last update: Tue, 29/12/2015 - 12:22
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