Croatia - Broken promises could become expensive - September 30, 2016

The new government, which is still subject of coalition negotiations, will almost immediately have to make a number of tough financial decisions. In 2017, the country must refinance about 30 billion kuna in debts (excluding treasury bills) and negotiations will need to start with trade unions representing workers in the public sector about pay increases, which had been promised to them. The Association of Croatian Trade Unions stated that, if no agreement is reached by the end of 2016, the trade unions will take legal action and demand the payment of about seven billion kuna. About 180,000 employees in public services and about 63,000 employees in the civil service have the right to an increase of base salary by 6%, since GDP has increased by at least 2% in two consecutive quarters. That was settled in an agreement signed in 2009, at the beginning of the financial crisis when the union accepted a delay in the pay raise they were promised earlier.

English: https://www.total-croatia-news.com/item/14152-trade-unions-to-sue-government …  

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