The miners of Zenica still did not end their three-day labor strike and today in the evening shift they did not go down to the “Stara jama” and “Raspotočje” pits, although the management tried to convince them to return to work.
The December salary was supposed to be paid to the miners by today, the payment of which was questionable due to poor production results last year, and especially, as the company’s director Mensur Hukić said in yesterday’s statement to FENA, due to reduced production in the last three months of 2022. The management held a new extended meeting with Union representatives today.
It was noted that the practice is that the miners of that mine receive their salary until the 15th of the month, so it is not realistic for them to go down into the pit, and on Monday, on their own initiative, they entered into worker disobedience. This, he adds, was not the decision of the Trade Union, but he does not believe that the blame for the situation lies with the workers.
Unofficially, during the day, the necessary funds for salary should be transferred to the company from the governing company Public Enterprise Elektroprivreda Bosne i Herzegovina, but due to blocking of the company’s accounts, payment of salaries is questionable until the end of the working hours of commercial banks.
The miners went into labor disobedience in the first shift on Monday, January 23, and the reason was the delay in the payment of meal allowances for the last two months and the compensation for holiday pay for the year 2022, as well as the lack of confidence that by January 25, when they should have been paid according to the collective agreement, they should have received their salary for December, Fena reports.