OCTOBER 29 2011 17:37h
‘’It wasn’t simple, but we’ve found the solution. The Government will ensure the paychecks and severance pays for Djakovstina workers from the budgetary reserves, and the state will defray itself as a creditor in the process of bankruptcy’’, this was the information that Jadranka Kosor personally came to tell to the desperate workers of the lapsed firm during one cloudy and cold day of autumn. Those workers spent days, weeks and months waiting for someone from the state authority as important, serious and reliable to come to help them. And all they’ve got - slammed doors.
When the PM came to the ‘’government camp’’ where the ‘’government detainee’’ received her, she didn’t wear her label pin. But she pinned up an appropriate badge with number 26. That’s the number of millions of HRK necessary for the workers to get their severance pays they have earned. The workers who are waiting to get their number on the labor exchange. On the first hand, you would say it was a humane gesture of responsible and caring state authority that takes care of people. This week the workers are supposed to get their severance pays. Those paychecks are supposed to be paid to their accounts that got empty long time ago. But on the contrary, a more carful look discovers that this move has no relation with the humanity and responsibility, but with the elections. Humanity is only the mask that hides the political interests.
According to the information off the record, the president of HDZ thinks about her candidature right in that election unit where the frozen and unfortunate Djakovstina workers (who even weren’t ashamed of showing their tears in front of the TV cameras, because what is shame compared to the fact they have no money to buy bread for their kids and to send those kids to school) were ‘’camping’’ behind barbed fence they installed by themselves and were waiting for the justice. How will they pick up the votes from the voters while Djakostina workers are freezing in blowing wind and falling rain? How will they ask for the trust from those who believe in neither the God nor the world any more and the only thing they got from the politicians were empty words? How will they talk about the Government success to people who were told the help couldn’t be provided by the ministers? Jadranka Kosor had to do something. But she did it not much for them but for herself. And she did. The workers got a profit from the concurrent of political circumstances. And she still hopes for her profit. She brought a piece of good news to them, although her minister Petar Cobankovic had denied, just a few days before, the legal or technical possibilities for the Government to pay the severance pays. But the PM showed the point - where the law can’t help, the policy can. But, this is the way things are only before the elections. If Cobankovic had known he had to go with his boss to those workers just a few days after, he would have probably acted differently. So, it is not a quantum science to pull the money from the budgetary reserves and to defray itself with the help of a court. However, the ordinary minister is not the prime minister. She brings good news and gives hope to people. The minister can cope with some unpleasant situations. He could turn out to be inhumane. It’s relevant for his boss to turn out to be nice.
In order to understand all of this, the problem is not hidden in those 26 million HRK. In the annual state budget of 120 billion HRK, this is just another drop in the ocean. There is no problem either helping the Djakovstina workers. God bless the ability to provide help each time when needed. The problem is in the fact for this was all part of the election campaign and it would be questionable for this solution applied if the elections were in two years, not in a month. The problem is the policy of ‘’today we can’t, but tomorrow maybe we could’’. The problem is inconsequence that results with unprincipled precedent. The problem is there is no system, but the voluntary rules on the highest level of reign. That’s why the decisions are brought depending on the moment when the problem occurs. If the elections are near, the fire will be extinguished. If they are not, all could get burnt. The problem is that state, as the owner of 35 percent of the company, had let the Djakovstina situation to escalate. It allowed the unknown someone to rob the wheat without being punished. So, there are many problems, but this was the easiest one to solve.
A much harder task is to arrange the system so there won’t be tons and tons of wheat just to disappear without a trace like there was only one grain you could hide in a pocket. The much harder task is to arrange the state services to monitor and to protect the state property. The much harder task is to be consistent and moral, not to make your stand and act depending on the benefit dragged out from the situation.
Back then Ivo Sanader was putting out the fire in a same way. He would let the group of his ministers, more than often preceded by Jadranka Kosor who was the Government vice-president back then, to handle the trade unionists about some arrangements. The ministers would, like our unfortunate Cobi (Cobankovic) in the story about Djakovstina, stated there were no legal or technical methods to embrace the demands since the legislation are like this and that… the collective arrangements have expired, there are no possibilities in the state budget… The Government negotiators would be harsh. The trade unisons would threat with a strike. But, then Sanader would come to say ‘’we’ll handle this!’’. And he would. Because, there are always some kind of the elections in the near future. Such happened, for example, in May 2009, a month and a half before Sanader’s sudden resignation, just a few days before the local elections. The trade unisons of people employed in the public sector asked for their wages to increase for 6 percent as it was promised. Sanader denied the ministers who stated things couldn’t be handled that way so he accepted the agreement, despite the fact there was no money for such thing and despite the fact that his Government revoked the mentioned wage appendix. He counted on this act to help for the forthcoming elections; he wanted to gain the image of a good king or a father. But it didn’t help him. He became detestable and month and a half after he became - the ex.