It appears as if the government has reached a deal with health care workers on a 7% salary raise, following months of negotiations and recent protests by doctors, nurses, and medical staff around the country.
A government cabinet session was held on Wednesday to discuss the deal tentatively reached the previous day between Health Minister Milan Kujundžić and unions. The minister said it was now up to unions to confirm whether the deal will be accepted.
"The government has shown lots of understanding. But both sides in this situation are needed for a deal to be reached. Therefore, we will continue with our talks with unions on Friday. Unions must now present the deal to their respective bodies to see whether they accept the terms reached back in July," said Minister Kujundžić.
Labour and Pension System Minister Josip Aladrović was also confident that a deal would be reached, but added that the 7% raise was not as simple as it was being portrayed in the media.
In this regard, Finance Minister Zdravko Marić agreed: "7% isn't exactly 7%, there are many facets and it depends on which sector of the health care system we are talking about. The existing collective bargaining agreement also foresees certain additions for certain workers and medical professionals."
Negotiations are scheduled to continue on Friday.
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