Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia: Hotel managements must give up enormous profits made at the expense of low labor costs
Croatia is missing about 2700 workers during this tourist season, but this is not being solved now for this season, but for the next, according to the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia (SIKD). At the press conference, they also warned that the average salary of workers in tourism is 18 percent lower than the Croatian average.A meeting of representatives of the ministries of labor and tourism, trade unions, the Chamber of Crafts, the Chamber of Commerce, human resources directors of large hotel houses and the Croatian Employers’ Association was held on June 28 to try to address the shortage of seasonal workers in tourism. 2700 of them are missing, but that is not being solved now – for this season, but – urgently – for the next one, the trade unionists say.”Hotel managements must give up the enormous profits made at the expense of low labor costs and arrogant attitude towards workers, claim the trade unionists, and the Government is also responsible, which did not pass a solution in the legislation. ”Point out from SIKDAccording to trade unionist Marina Cvitić, the average salary of catering workers is 18 percent lower than the Croatian average and amounts to HRK 4900 for the first three months of this year. However, this average also includes salaries of management and administration, which amount to 25 to 80 thousand kuna, so in fact the real salary of workers in hotel houses is less than four thousand kuna. The arrogant attitude towards workers has led to many leaving the country and working abroad where wages are higher and administrations do not make extra profits.There are workers in Croatia and they do not need imports from abroad, as the Croatian Employers’ Association, which is socially irresponsible, claims, claims the president of SIKD, Bruno Bulić. He adds that HUP encourages theft of the state, negotiating at the national level. On the one hand, they complain that private individuals are kidnapping their workers and paying them in cash, and at the same time, these same employers in negotiations at the national level, in 2017 increase the salary by 1,7 percent to 2950 kuna gross! It is such hypocrisy that does not deserve comment at all, said Bruno Bulić.Lack of workers is not a problem that arose all of a sudden. While this surprised many employers last year, it could be expected. And the solution will certainly not come overnight. Systematic work on improving the position of tourism workers will solve the problem of shortage of workers. Those employers who realize this first will solve the problem sooner. Although SIKD has often criticized Istrian hoteliers, it believes that the problem will first be solved in Istria, where employers have begun to take more care of their workers, primarily by increasing wages, providing adequate accommodation and food, paying various salary supplements (such as holiday pay). for annual leave, Christmas, Easter, jubilee awards), employment of a larger number of workers for an indefinite period of time, employment through the institute of permanent seasonal, scholarships for students. For employers who do not follow this example, the import quota will certainly not solve the problem of workers.This season needs to be bridged with existing workers, but so that they do not suffer from overwork and unpaid work, so SKID is demanding that the State Inspectorate strictly control the actual working hours and falsification of record sheets.