Court to rule on legality of Croatia Airlines strike

Court to rule on legality of Croatia Airlines strike Izvor: N1(screenshot)

Zagreb County Court has deferred issuing a final decision on the legality of the strike at Croatia Airlines (CA) announced by the company's cabin crew and pilots' unions who are demanding negotiations on a new collective agreement.

The court held a hearing on Wednesday morning and examined arguments presented by the company's management and unions, and said that it would deliver its ruling on Thursday.

The court had on Tuesday issued a temporary injunction barring the two trade unions from staging a strike at the state-owned national flag carrier, saying that the strike would cause irreparable damage to the company.

The unions said on Wednesday that if the strike eventually gets banned, they would take the matter to the Supreme Court.

CA's management had earlier warned that the strike would cause a loss of €800,000 per day and would impact 7,000 passengers daily. They also called on the unions to carefully consider "the significance and consequences of a strike at this particular time," referring to the peak summer tourist season, the main income earner for the national airline.

A member of CA's management board, Branka Sremac, said on Wednesday that she hoped tomorrow's decision by Zagreb County Court would uphold the temporary injunction barring the industrial action at the height of the summer season.

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