ZAGREB, February 27, 2020 – This year the Croatian Army will employ 915 new staff members of the armed forces from the labour market through a public vacancy advertisement while 711 current employees will have their statuses changed, according to a plan adopted at a government meeting on Thursday.
The government adopted a plan for hiring staff for the armed forces and a plan to change the categories of the military personnel already employed, which is the continuation of recruiting soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers with the aim of rejuvenating personnel and maintaining the number of soldiers in the army.
The Defence Ministry’s financial plan for the year envisages funds for the implementation of the employment plan and the gross expenditure for the new personnel is estimated at HRK 51.36 million.
The government also adopted a decision to launch negotiations on amendments to Annex I of the collective agreement in science and higher education, which expires on March 27, and appointed its negotiation team.
The annex regulates wage supplements (amounting to 10, 12 and 15% of the base wage to calculate wages in public services), supplements for work in special conditions (exposure to high risk of danger, hazards and stress related to work injuries, professional illnesses as well as disruptions in working processes that can cause detrimental consequences for safety and health).
Minister of Science and Education Blaženka Divjak underscored that so far everything has been functioning in accordance with the annex and she expects the negotiations to be quickly resolved and an agreement to be reached on the continuation of its implementation.
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