ZAGREB, April 7, 2020 – The SSSH trade union on Tuesday proposed that the Croatian Employment Service (HZZ) immediately make public a list of employers who have been granted subsidies under the government aid scheme as a measure to help them to overcome the corona crisis.
The SSSH also calls for the publication of updated figures about those out of work on a daily basis.
Without the publication of employers, the general public will not be able to have insight into how the state subsidies are used, the SSSH said in a press release in which it criticised the government for failing to provide for control of how that public money is used.
The union federation expects the HZZ to inform the public about the jobless and unemployment trends on a daily basis.
Our requests are in line with “the general interests of the society” as well as the obligation of every law-governed and responsible state, said the SSSH.
On Monday, the HZZ Steering Board defined precise criteria for eligibility for state aid designed to prop up businesses.
The Steering Board thus stated that employers who laid off workers in March due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic would be entitled to apply for subsidies, provided that they reemployed those workers.
This past Sunday, the SSSH called on the authorities to insist that those workers should be employed on permanent contracts so as to prevent manipulation of the measures.
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