Teacher Union Rejects Government Deal, Strike to Continue

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ZAGREB, October 31, 2019 – The leader of the striking trade union of secondary school teachers, Branimir Mihalinec, said on Wednesday evening that the proposal about a two-percent rise of the job complexity index for teachers was absolutely unacceptable because the striking unions demanded a 6.11 percent rise, and that the strike would therefore go on.

“If this is about an increase of the job complexity index of two percent, it is absolutely unacceptable for us as we demand 6.11 percent,” the unionist told the national broadcaster (HRT) on Wednesday evening.

Mihalinec made the statement after HNS leader Ivan Vrdoljak said that aside from a 6% increase in the base pay in 2020 (based on a 2+2+2 model), job complexity indices in the education sector would go up by two percent as of June 30 if until that time a comprehensive solution to job complexity indices was not found.

“I don’t know what gives the HNS the right to negotiate on our (the striking unions’) behalf,” Mihalinec wondered.

He said that the two percent rise was sufficient for the HNS to remain in the ruling coalition, but that it was not sufficient for the education-sector employees.

“We are going on with our rotating strike until we start talks with the Croatian government and until the government outlines its proposal on the solution of the problem,” said Mihalinec.

More news about the strike can be found in the Politics section.


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