Croatia - Unions gather enough signatures to force referendum ‘76 is too much’ - June 1, 2019

Trade unions have gathered enough signatures to force their ‘67 is too much’ referendum. With this campaign that was launched on 27 April 2017 the unions want to reduce the country's retirement age to 65 from the current 67 years of age, reduce penalties for early retirement and extend the transition period for equalising the retirement conditions for women and men. The number of signatures needed was at least 10% of all the registered voters or 373,568 people and the unions’ collected more than 600,000 signatures in total. In December 2018 parliament approved the government's proposal to raise the retirement age to 67 and to reduce pensions for people who retire early.

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