Arena – for sale

Weaving Socialism

At the beginning, the knitwear factory in Pula, founded in 1948, was named after Olga Ban (1926-1943), a young partisan woman from an Istrian village who was killed by the Nazis in 1943. In 1962, the factory was renamed Arena Trikotaža (Arena Knitwear), from the Roman Arena that is an historical landmark of the city. After the first difficult beginnings, the factory thrived in the 1970s and 1980s, when it employed around 600 workers. It had more than 20 shops all over Yugoslavia, and successfully exported its garments abroad. A climatisation system was introduced in 1972-1973 in the factory, earlier than in Pula’s most important hotels. The factory had its own health clinic, and once or twice a week workers received visits from the dentist, the gynaecologist, the orthopedist and the eye doctor within the factory. Social and cultural activities were also organised.

After its privatisation through shareholders’ quotas in the…

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