Croatia - Social partners discuss recruitment of foreign labour - May 31, 2017

Despite a high unemployment rate, there are officially around 225,000 unemployed, companies are experiencing difficulties finding suitable employees. The problem has led to intensive discussions between social partners and the government on bringing in workers from abroad. The European Observatory of Working Life referred to a round table organised by the Croatian Chamber of Economy (HGK) on how to provide the necessary workers for the economy. The trade unions believe that the problem is being exaggerated and that it can be solved by increasing wages and improving vocational training. The unions argue that this will motivate citizens to actively seek work and to stay in the country instead of going to work abroad. The trade unions are not against bringing foreign workers into the country, but they fear this approach could be used as an excuse for lowering wages and permitting poorer working conditions.

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