Injured in Train Crash on way to become a Bataman - 1953
Group Manager F Stavjanik, of the engineering section, completes 25 years’ service with the Bata organisation, on Monday, and on behalf of all Bata workers, the Record extends to him congratulations upon the completion of a quarter of a century’s loyal service.
A trained engineer when he joined the Bata organisation, Frantisek Stavjanik had been waiting for a long time for a chance to work at Zlin. He made application when doing his military service, but was told there were no vacancies at that time but her persisted and at last the summons came when he was working in Jugoslavia, where his home had been from the age of two years.
When he left school he started his five years’ apprenticeship as an engineer with a firm which was making machines and machinery parts for the Bata factory in Zlin and it was then that young Frantisek first had ideas about joining Bata.
Eventually that firm was absorbed by the growing Bata organisation and that helped him to his first job as a sewing machine mechanic. In 1934 he was promoted to be a chargehand and in 1936 was given charge of a floor in the engineering department. There he had charge of overhauls and maintenance and other engineering work, until he came to East Tilbury in 1939 as an instructor. Later he was made foreman of Depts 705 and 706 and in 1946 was promoted group manager over Depts 705, 706, 710 and 711.
Group Manager Stavjanik says he really completed his 25 years’ service in December. It happened this way. Summoned to Zlin to take up his new appointment in December, 1927, he was on his way with a friend when the train in which he was travelling was involved in a crash. He was injured and told to go to hospital. Instead he went to stay with his uncle in Vienna for a couple of days and then he went on to Zlin.
He had only been at Zlin a few days when he was traced by the authorities and sent home to have proper treatment for his wounds and could not resume work until mid January.