Unions claim without production Immunological Institute has no future

Without production the Institute of Immunology has no future and the government's decision that could facilitate production has not been implemented because the Health Ministry and the State Property Management Agency (DUUDI) have not done their part of the job to transform the institute into a public company, the institute's union representative Lidija Jagarinec said on Friday.

Jagarinec told Hina that she could not hazard a guess why the institute's CEO Marija Mestrovic resigned recently, although the media has speculated that the reason was because she had failed to convene the institute's general assembly.

Jagarinec questioned how the assembly could even be convened when DUUDI had not defined a price for the institute's shares.

She said that it was urgent for the state's agency for medicines - HALMED - to conduct an inspection of the institute and issue a licence facilitating the continuation of production yet all that is conditioned with the inflow of money because certain tasks need to be completed before HALMED can even be asked to conduct the relevant inspection.

Time is running out and the problem is being resolved too slowly. Jagarinec denied claims that plasma was being disposed of because of the expiration date. The union cannot define business policies but it can warn of the problem of workers' rights, she said.

Outgoing Health Minister Sinisa Varga said on Friday in an interview with the national broadcaster HTV that the ministry's priority was to pay the institute's workers' their wages and to preserve jobs. He added that temporary licences were in the process of being issued to facilitate production.

Varga is convinced that the relevant licences would be issued and workers' rights preserved. The institute has been transferred to the health institute and preparations are under way for the construction of a new plant in cooperation with the institute for blood transfusions, he said.

Last update: Fri, 08/01/2016 - 17:40
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