first_img“Here is another Croatian paradox. A country with more than 150 unemployed on the stock market has a shortage of 15 cleaners”, RTL presenter Tomislav Jelinčić announced the show”Potraga“In which the topic was the departure of cleaners abroad in search of better conditions. The fact is that a large number of cleaners leave Croatia and are employed in other Western European countries where they work for twice the salary. This activity is currently the most sought after in Croatia. According to some estimates, there will be a shortage of over 15 of them on the Adriatic this season, and in Zagreb they will be missing throughout the year. “Tu se pojavljuje iproblem što smo mi računali da ćemo tu radnu snagu naći u zemljama bivšeJugoslavije, prvenstveno Bosni i Hercegovini, pa onda Makedoniji, dijelomSrbiji, međutim i ti ljudi su shvatili da im je bolje otići u Austriju,Njemačku, Irsku… Kad već odlaze od kuće bolje im je tako nego doći uHrvatsku. Tako da evo sve to je dovelo do toga da mi stvarno u ovoj sezoniimamo veliki problem”, Concludes Andrić. If something does not change in the Croatian legislation, this situation could happen next year, if not worse. Although cleaners Marta Budimir, Ines Jurić and Fahreta Nuhanović agree that working in Croatia has its advantages, they point out that working abroad means far higher salaries. “Dobro, u dijeluprijašnjih godina bili su krivi poslodavci. Mi smo imali situaciju kad sesmanjio PDV pa poslodavci, suprotno očekivanom, nisu digli plaće zaposlenima. Međutim,sad su oni dovedeni u poziciju da moraju dignuti plaće.  To im je jedino rješenje i sad su krivi i onii država koja ne shvaća da im mora otvoriti prostor da bi mogli dignuti plaće”, Andrić emphasized. Josip Željko Đurinek, vlasnik servisa za čišćenje, naglasio je: “The service currently has 28 employees and is still missing. There is definitely a job on the market and a dozen more employees could certainly be hired.” “In Zagreb, I worked in some places for 35 kuna per hour, in some 40, and here there is still a big difference. Here I get 15 euros per hour”, Said Goja Šantek, a cleaner who currently works in Munich, Germany. “Most of these poor women work for three thousand kunas. And in the end they were exploited for no pay. And the fact is that both those individuals and private individuals who employ them, employ them on contracts for a month, thus blackmailing them, anything that objections the second month will not get paid”, Andrić points out. Eduard Andrić believes that an increase in salaries and job security would greatly improve the whole situation. “The problem is that our tax policy in relation to this activity, tourism and catering, cannot be competitive with those countries we mentioned in the region, and our politicians do not understand that the only way out of this situation is the exodus of our young people. those of middle age from Croatia, in increasing wages and job security”, He points out. “The fact is that the countries in our area from Austria onwards, Austria is perhaps the closest in this regard, offer far higher wages. In Austria, maids can earn, say, 900 euros. Plus accommodation, plus food”, Said Eduard Andrić, President of the Trade Union of Tourism and Services. He adds that this has never been the case. The shortage of labor, primarily maids and cleaners, has led to an increase in Croatia’s import quota. However, Andrić says that even that will not save the season. On the websites where jobs are advertised, but also on the pages of the Labor Exchange, most ads are for cleaners. Employers who advertise for seasonal jobs often do not offer food, and some even apply. If they offer an application, then it is assumed that they will lower the salary. Working hours are mostly slippery, as are days off. The situation is somewhat different in hotels, camps and larger companies. Often at least one meal and one day off a week is offered, as well as paid accommodation, but that is why salaries are lower and there is more work. On the other hand, cleaner Fahreta Nuhanović stated that she does not intend to go to the season. She says her salary is less than what seasonal workers get, but at least she’s safe. Although many owners of cleaning agencies and services claim to offer starting salaries of at least four thousand kuna, but that they can not find workers. “Well basically I think people generally don’t want to work, there’s definitely work to be done here in the market, but I think it’s generally made some rumor that there’s something better out there”, Explained the owner of the agency Josip Željko Đurinek. And what does this lack of seasonal staff mean for full-time workers? “And what that means is that those who are permanently employed and who have experience will take, as in these past years, the burden of doing the season on their backs and simply these people will be exploited to the end at the end of the season.”, Concluded Andrić. Source / photo: RTLlast_img

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