Croatia - Not all public workers are equal - August 31, 2017

A 2% pay increase in September 2017 will be implemented only to state employees, but not to other public services workers. It will be the first time in recent history that salaries of state employees and public services workers will be calculated from a different base with divergent benefits. Since the number of state employees is just one-third of the number of public services workers (60,000 vs 180,000) this decision is cheaper for the state budget, but it can cause serious social unrest. The three salary increases in 2017 for state employees are part of an agreement between part of the trade unions and the government, which is an ‘implementation plan’ for an agreement signed in 2009, when state employees and public services workers agreed for their base salary to be reduced due to the economic crisis. The government offered the same agreement to public services workers, but it simultaneously demanded that they should fully renounce the benefits for 2016 and all the other increases, which their trade union representatives did not accept.

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