Croatia - Unions succeed in gathering enough signatures for referendum - June 24, 2010

Five union headquarters managed to collect over 720,000 signatures calling for a referendum on labour law reforms, the organisers announced by June 24. The required number of signatures for calling a referendum was 10% of voters, or 449,506, which the organisers surpassed. The union confederations have for months been in negotiations with the government in order to prevent changes to the labour code that would undermine collective agreements. They called for urgent talks when it emerged that the government was trying to implement the change to the labour code without any consultation with the unions. In their efforts to win broader support, they started collecting signatures to have a referendum.

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This article was published in the Collective Bargaining Newsletter. It aims to facilitate information exchange between trade unions and to support the work of ETUC's collective bargaining committee. For more information, please contact the editor Maarten van Klaveren, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) You may find further information on the ETUI, and on the AIAS at © ETUI aisbl, Brussels 2009.


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