The exodus of workers from BiH to Austria is threatened

29.12.2021. / 10:00

VIENNA, BANJA LUKA – Trade unions and part of the business community in BiH are afraid of a possible exodus of BiH. labor force in Austria, and that country has already announced which occupations they need in the coming year.

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The concern is all the greater because the Austrian economy is crying out for those personnel who traditionally come to them from our region.

Namely, these are deficient occupations under the Employment of Foreigners Act, for jobs throughout Austria, such as nurses / technicians, cooks, painters, car mechanics, glaziers, masons, locksmiths, roofers, electricians, etc.

The list also includes information technology engineers, carpenters, tinsmiths, doctors, welders, construction carpenters, pipe installers and installers, opticians, glaziers, butchers and others. In total, there are 66 occupations.

Exodus is the right word for what awaits us, believes Dragana Vrabičić, president of the Trade Union of Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Republic of Srpska, who points out that our workers will take advantage of the offer coming from Austria.

“He wants to use it and that is what we warned about before this situation caused by the corona virus, but also during that period. So, there is a fear, the moment the borders open, that people will literally run away. No more to go, but to flee. It can really be called an exodus of labor. I think that’s a disastrous fact. “, stated Vrabičić.

According to her, it is especially worrying when a country announces the need for workers, who are of high quality and valuable here.

“They are good for everyone, but unfortunately not for our employers. And only here they are not paid as they should be. “, said Vrabičić.

However, Sasa Trivic, the president of the Union of Employers of the Republika Srpska, believes that these are the profiles of workers whose salaries have increased here as well. He is not afraid that these workers will leave.

“Some have left before, some have stayed. I do not expect any special events. These occupations have been in short supply before, both with them and with us. ”, said Trivic.

His opinion is not shared by Nemanja Vasić, vice president of the Foreign Trade Chamber of BiH, who believes that the workers will definitely go to Austria.

“Not that we are afraid, but we have been pointing to that for a year or two. I even think that it is difficult to find a solution, except for those things we are fighting for, such as providing our economy with cheap energy and reducing contributions and taxes. “, said Vasić.

In some municipalities, he points out, there is already an epidemic of departures.

“This is a serious problem”, stated Vasić, emphasizing that in addition to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, etc. are also interested in workers from the Balkans. Independent newspapers

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