Unsatisfied and Underpaid Croatian Police Ready to Strike?

Lauren Simmonds

There is a lot to be said about the taxes in Croatia, and how much net income is reduced when taxes and contributions are taken off it. This is a burden not only for the employee, but for the employer, who must add on an eyebrow-raising amount when paying an employee in order to make sure they get their negotiated net amount every month.

The need for a general raise in wages for all sectors, as well as the lowering of taxes, are two of the very few things almost everyone in Croatia can actually agree on, and some are making a stand and taking things into their own hands. The Croatian police included.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 27th of August, 2019, Croatia’s nurses, doctors, teachers, and  police officers are not happy with the wages they’re taking home every month, and they are ready to strike in order to drive their message home and finally create some change, at least that’s what the Police Union announced, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary just recently.

Appearing on RTL Direct (Direkt), the one man who has been the president of the Union for all of those long twenty years, Dubravko Jagić, said that a wage increase for Croatian police officers as of January 2020 has been tentatively agreed with the Government of the Republic of Croatia. But, there is, as always – another but.

“If we don’t manage to stick with that agreement, then there’s always the possibility of going on strike. We would like to avoid that because it could have untold consequences and I’m sure that the government will be understanding.However, we can strike in a slightly different way from our colleagues from other ministries,” said Jagić, explaining that he was referring to a white strike or an ordinary strike, and concluded that the Ministry of the Interior (MUP) had the least problem of all in organising some form of strike within a mere 24 hour period, that would cause total chaos.

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