Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and members of his government cabinet have reacted to the decision by teachers and professors to turn down the government offer of a salary increase.
“We'll call them for a meeting and talk about what happens next,” said Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. When asked if this means that negotiations will continue the Prime Minister said “We'll see, I need to hear from them directly on how they evaluated this entire process.”
Labor minister Josip Aladrović said that they have to sit at the negotiating table.
“What is happening to us now is not rational or logical. This dissatisfaction is evidently spurred on by other elements and not only salaries and the material status of teachers. We need to sit and talk, although I warn once again that in this case students must be in the forefront, this strike has lasted too long,” said Aladrović.
Minister of Science and Education Blaženka Divjak reacted by issuing a statement.
"Dialog between the government and unions must urgently continue because of the students that, together with today's day, have lost 15 days of classes, but also because of teachers and other employees who have sent a very clear message of dissatisfaction following the government offer. There is too much at stake and that is why courageous and quick solutions need to be found," said the statement by Minister Divjak.
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