Public sector unions refuse meeting with caretaker govt

Seven public sector union leaders on Tuesday said that they would not attend a meeting with the caretaker government with regard to increasing wages in public and state services, adding that they expected a pay rise of 6% in December salaries or they will launch court action.

We are certain that conditions have been met for the execution of the agreement to raise public sector salaries in the case of GDP growth, and we will not negotiate its implementation with a caretaker government, a union leader, Branimir Mihalinec said, quoting a statement by Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic who said that there was no one authorised in a caretaker government for matters of this nature.

Public and state service unions in 2011 and 2012 signed an agreement with the government according to which basic wages would be increased when GDP grew 2% or more for two consecutive quarters year on year. That would involve a budget expenditure of around HRK 1.8 billion.

Labour and Pension Systems Minister Mirando Mrsic invited unions to a meeting concerning the possible implementation of the agreement to increase wages. The two meetings were set for Tuesday afternoon.

In a press release last Friday, Mrsic said, "the agreement is in force and should be respected however, we are aware that the implementation of that agreement will lead to additional pressure on the expenditure side of the budget, particularly due to the fact that we are currently operating with interim financing until 31 March 2016."

Last update: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 16:36

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