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Croatian 'brain drain' to South Korea

Zagreb: Croatia's largest shipyard is facing the loss of some of its most experienced engineers who are heading to South Korea after rumours of job losses have spread throughout the industry following restructuring plans ahead of Croatia's impending accession to the EU.
The daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija has revealed that 17 engineers have left the Brodosplit Shipyard in the southern port of Split in the last 10 months.

It reported that while the engineers earned 800 pounds a month in Croatia, in Southern Korea they could count on salaries of over 5,000 pounds a month. The Brodosplit union spokesman Zvonko Segvic said: "Our workers are facing an insecure future because the government has not come up with a firm plan for the shipyard."

An internal poll at Brodosplit has shown that another 700 employees out of a total of 3,500 workers are considering leaving the shipyard. The shipyard authorities reportedly declined to comment on the article and its figures.  [29/05/08]



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