Croatian Teachers Strike: Negotiations Set To Continue Today

Lauren Simmonds

Croatian teachers are still on strike. Their demands have so far either gone unheard or have been met with unsatisfactory ”solutions” from the side of the Croatian Government. If you’re interested in gaining a better understanding of exactly what Croatian teachers are seeking with their strike, click here for a short and simple explanation about the changes to the coefficients that the unions desire.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 1st of December, 2019, Friday, which some believed could potentially be the end of the strike, ended anticlimatically and without any concrete results despite lengthy talks between the unions representing Croatian teachers and the government who seem not to want to budge. As N1 has since learned unofficially, the education unions currently strike and government representatives aren’t going to follow the norm and wait until Monday to continue their negotiations this time, and talks are apparently going to begin today, on a Sunday, at 15:00.

The views of the Croatian teachers and their unions and the Croatian Government and their offer on the table have not shifted at all as unions insist on a 6.11 percent increase in the coefficient, while the government remains committed to something quite different indeed, which involves instead raising the base wages of teachers, more on what this means is explained in more depth in the link provided above.

The aforementioned government offer was overwhelmingly rejected by union members and enormous levels of dissatisfaction, both in a financial and in a moral sense, continue.

This coming Monday will mark the 36th day of the strike, and the appropriate ministry has also proposed a form of compensation of fifteen days of classes, but until there is an agreement between the unions and the government there is to be no such compensation at all.

The strike of Croatian teachers has been longest-running strike in the history of independent Croatia, having lasted for more than a month, and according to a survey by Nova TV, 67 percent of citizens support their struggle for their rights.

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