rafinerija nafte sisak.jpg
Photograph: HINA/ Dario GRZELJ/ ua

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.

Latest news

19-year-old men arrested for putting up anti-Serb stickers in Vukovar, minister condemns incident

Police have arrested a 19-year-old man, suspected of putting up anti-Serb stickers reading  "Serbian Family Tree" with an image of people hanging from a tree and the face of Ante Pavelic, Croatian fascist dictator who led the World War II Ustasha movement and the Independent State of Croatia (NDH), at bus stops along Trpinjska Street in the eastern Croatian town of Vukovar.

Britain faces highest terrorism threat since 1970s, official says

Britain faces its highest threat of terrorism since the 1970s, when the Irish Republican Army planned a series of bomb attacks, a legal official said on Sunday.

Monitor: Syrian regime forces killed in fighting near Lebanon border

Dozens of Syrian regime troops were killed and injured in an attack on Sunday by hardline jihadists led by an al-Qaeda-linked group near the Lebanese border, a monitor said.

Anarchist riots hit central Athens district

Clashes broke out between Greek police and self-styled anarchists in a central Athens neighbourhood early Sunday.

Thousands more affected by noise under Berlin flight route change

Thousands more residents in Berlin could be affected by aircraft noise due to changes in a flight route to a long-delayed new international airport.

Details emerge on Heidelberg car-ramming as police seek motive

The car used to ram into crowds in the south-western German town of Heidelberg was rented in Hamburg, police said Sunday, as they continued to search for a motive for the incident.

Fire at asylum seeker accommodation in Sweden

A fire overnight at an accommodation centre for asylum seekers in Sweden caused injuries to at least a dozen residents, police said on Sunday.

Analysts: Croatia's economy rises 3.3%, hitting new high since 2008

Croatia's economy expanded 3.3 per cent in the last quarter of 2016, compared to Q4 2015, according to projections of economic analysts polled by Hina, who ascribe this record high rise to increasing personal consumption, higher industrial output rates and growing investments.

Fate of German hostage in Philippines unknown as deadline passes

The fate of a 70-year-old German man held captive for three months in the southern Philippines was unknown after a deadline for a ransom to be paid passed Sunday, a military spokesman said.

Dengue fever risk growing in Thailand, authorities say

Dengue fever is posing a greater threat in Thailand, particularly in the southern region, the country's Disease Control Department said Sunday, as the number of people killed by the mosquito-borne disease this year stands at six.

Brexit fears plague locals and expats alike in southern Spain

As Britain's departure from the EU approaches, the anxiety is most palpable on Spain's Costa del Sol, where so many Britons live. What will happen to the economy if the expats one day have to leave?

'La La Land,' politics to share spotlight at Oscars

The Oscars will take the stage Sunday for an awards ceremony whose outcome feels like a foregone conclusion - a win, or 10, for "La La Land."