MARCH 19 2012 21:55h
Only a few days ago, the Trade union of metalworkers of Rijeka's shipyard ''3rd of May'' saw Danko Koncar as a rescue deity and asked the Government not to hesitate on signing the contract about selling the shipyard to this king of chromium who couldn't be wealthier. He is the only acceptable option, they said. He will be another chance for a new life of the old shipyard, he will ensure the economic consolidation, restructuring on staff, technological renovation under investments 40 million Euros worth and new business deals, of course. Danko Koncar, however, eventually said that there were no new business deals he could bring into the company in order to ensure a production future of the shipyard he wants to buy. He added how he knew that there were 1000 up to 1500 excess metalworkers in the shipyard. What a cold shower for shipwrights who saw Koncar as a solution of their problems! When they had a minimum of hope for safer times to come, it turned out that their hope was a barren illusion.
There is no doubt a condition of the world market is difficult and that new jobs for shipwrights don't fall out from the sky. However, wouldn't be reasonable if someone, who wants to become an owner of a shipyard whose workers see this buyer as a reason for their hope, so their future won’t be black, sends those people a massage of a real hope? Wouldn't be normal if he says that the condition of the world shipbuilding industry is difficult but as the owner of the shipyard he will put an effort, together with his employees, to obtain new business deals, to survive, strengthen up and become profitable? Is he supposed to awake optimism within people whose lives he gets along with the shipyard he buys? Instead of killing them with anxiety and uncertainty? Because, if a man who wants to buy a shipyard says that there are no new business deals he could agree upon, there is a question to be imposed - why he got involved in the first place and does he actually have some secret plan based on shutting down the old shipyard? And what is he going to do while waiting for times of new business deals to come? He will be firing those 1000 to 15000 workers? Would it be normal that someone, who plans to buy a shipyard, does that because he actually knows he can succeed in building and selling ships? Like someone, who buys hotels, does that because he knows how to attract guests and fill in his capacity? The message of Danko Koncar is worrying, because it is assumed that people, who want to buy some manufacturing plant, are serious as they know how to start a business. This message means that he doesn't know what to do with shipbuilding industry or he actually doesn't care for that since he is interested in something else. But these are the things the Government has to consider if it decides to sell ''The 3rd of May'' shipyard to this guy. If the Government sells the shipyard to Koncar, and it is shown that his reasons to buy the shipyard were different than ones shipwrights and the Government hopes for (since the Government claims that he wants to preserve working positions and ensure the future for shipbuilding industry), it will be responsible for its failure.
People of Croatia, like those workers from ''3d of May'' don't expect miracles. People of Croatia know that no one can guarantee them anything. But they need hope. Hope that things can be better, hope that they won't end in agony and hope for some kind of a better start. They spent years watching things fall down around them. They saw how factories they worked for were disappearing. They saw how working positions were gone and full evidences at the employment agencies. They saw some new folks to come and take over everything that has some price, only in order to ruin those same things. They saw this folks throwing out people onto the street in order to seize praiseworthy land where the factory used to be at the place where they earned for their basing life necessities. They shouldn't look far in the past. It's enough to observe the case of Kamensko, the factory that was abandoned like concrete carcasses situated on the land where another shopping mall built from glass and steel or exclusive apartments and business spaces that could bring more money would appear. People of Croatia lost every hope that things could improve and when someone like Danko Koncar is so cold in his statements towards people who are supposed to work for him; these words become only one more proof that the hope has turned its back to Croatia forever.
Maybe someone will see these words as idealistic, but when will people who are political and economic initiators of this country start to spread optimism? The one who spreads pessimism and hopelessness can't expect joy when hay times come. They shouldn't introduce ''optimism'' by selling demagogy and fake promises, but by acts which will show that they personally believe tomorrow should be better. As it has to be better. As it will be better, better for majority, if not for all, but not only for them.
The Croatians are among first on the list of unfortunate nations, they are drowned in pessimism. The situation has lasted for years. They feel weak, unprotected, and unable to turn the wheel of faith in other direction... The quote says a hope dies last.. However, when it dies, there is no improvement. Only hope and self-believe can push things forward. It works for one man and entire nation as well. Danko Koncar, and everybody else who has intention to spread messages about harsh reality where nothing can be done, but only people are excess, should start to care about it. Otherwise everything they plan to do wouldn't have sense at all.