Factsheet for case HR-2020-27/1046 – Updated – measures in Croatia
, applies locally
|Time period||Temporary, 01 July 2020 – 31 December 2020|
|Type||Bipartite collective agreements|
Employment protection and retention
– Working time and working time flexibility
|Author||Predrag Bejalovic (IJF) and Eurofound|
|Case created||26 August 2020 (updated 06 October 2020)|
Croatian company Lipik Glas has produced sets of windscreens which were installed in London taxis. The London taxi company LTI, owned by Chinese company Geely, had begun changing its traditional and famous London taxis, and all windshields on the new cars were produced in Lipik. The company Lipik Glas has already produced windscreens for some very exclusive auto brands, like Aston Martin, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Ferrari, McLaren and Spyker. The company was very successful and employed more than 200 workers. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the company faced serious financial problems and one of the possibilities was to introduce a shortened weekly working time.
According to the national program for the introduction of shortened working time, financed from EU SHARE project, the Autonomous Trade Union in Power Industry, Chemistry and Non-metal Industry of Croatia and the management board of Lipik Glas signed an agreement on a temporary shortened working time. According to the agreement, among others, weekly working hours by particular phases of the production and departments, depending on the types and quantity of working tasks are defined. On changes of agreed working time, there is a need to inform works council. Both sides hope that such document is an important step in preservation of the company and jobs. The Trade Union particularly expressed its satisfaction with the process of the company that employer presented the production plans and agreed that wages would not be lowered even if workers work shorter.
This is an important measure for the preservation of a successful company that faces problems outsides of its control. The Trade Union is fully aware that when the complete car industry halts the production, neither the workers nor the management can be blamed.
|Applies to all workers||
Sector specific set of companies
||Does not apply to citizens|
Company / Companies
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative|
|Form||Not applicable||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Social partners were directly included in designing, implementing and monitoring the measure according to the demands by social partner organisations. The mentioned Agreement was used as a blueprint for some other agreements that the Autonomous Trade Union in Power Industry, Chemistry and Non-metal Industry of Croatia signed with management in other companies in the sector, like companies Lipovica, Saponija and Inkerporboard.
Both sides hope that such Agreement could be a crucial measure in the preservation of the company and jobs. Trade Unions proposed that the measure should be introduced earlier as well as that it should have clear and strict control mechanisms in order to avoid the misuse of the funds. The Trade Union particularly expressed its satisfaction with the process of the company that employer presented the production plans and agreed that wages would not be lowered even if workers work shorter. Furthermore, the Trade Union is cognizant that is such specific circumstances, neither the workers nor the management can be blamed.
Eurofound (2020), Shortened weekly working time introduced in Lipik Glas , case HR-2020-27/1046 (measures in Croatia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch
Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.