“Industrial action will depend on the outcome of the next meeting between government and union negotiators, expected to be held next week”, the secretary general of the Matica Association of Croatian Trade Unions, Mirela Bojić, said in a statement on Sunday.
The decision has been unanimously made by the negotiating committee on a basic collective agreement for public sector workers after the temporary suspension of talks between the unions and the government.
“The latest data on inflation shows that prices have increased by 6.3% on an annual level. Thus, the public sector unions continue to insist on a base pay increase of 4% as of 1 April, and for additional talks at the end of May on increasing the base pay further in the second half of the year, depending on inflation, other pay rates in the country and the economic situation”, the unions said.
“It is inconceivable that the government, despite the rise in living costs, despite the rise in production and despite the higher than expected budget revenues, is deciding to reduce pay for people who bore the brunt of maintaining society and government at the time of the pandemic. Such a socially autistic approach is appalling to all workers and their families”, the unions said.
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