Croatia - Dispute on promised wage increase continues - January 01, 2017

In 2009, an agreement promised to increase public sector wages by 6% per year as soon as the economy grew by 2% on average in two consecutive quarters (see earlier Newsletters). After years of recession, the economy did return to growth in 2015 and the condition thus met. However, the government referred to the fragile budget as a reason for why the increased failed to materialize. Negotiations between the government and public sector trade unions failed to lead to an agreement. The unions demanded the full 6% while the Labour Minister pointed to the protection of state finances as the reason why no agreement was reached. The annual wage increase of six percent would cost the budget up to 1.8 billion kuna, or 0.5 % of GDP.

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