Two unions representing healthcare workers said Wednesday's planned work stoppage was not a strike, and that workers would simply be using their usual breaks to shed light on their situation
Unions organising a protest on Wednesday said on Tuesday it would not be a cessation of work or a strike but a drive in which they would use their daily half-hour break to warn about the state of affairs within the country's health care system, adding that it would not cause any financial damage to the employer.
Unions said in a press release that they had not called on their members or healthcare workers to stop working or break the law.
Media outlets reported on Tuesday that the Health Ministry had circulated a memo which said the staff who stop working for a maximum half hour in the three hospitals taking part in the drive, in Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split, must not assemble as that would constitute a strike and a strike had not been formally announced.
The memo is allegedly based on the Labour Ministry's opinion that the daily half-hour break is paid by the employer, the unions said.
Unions maintain that under the Labour Act every worker is entitled to spend their break as they please.
The unions said there would be no eventual strike if salaries were raised and a collective agreement signed.
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