Striking teachers turned down the government offer. (Photo: HRT) Striking teachers turned down the government offer. (Photo: HRT)

Unions held a news conference today where it was said that teachers do not accept the government offer and demonstrated this with a high turnout for voting on the offer, rejecting it with a high percentage.

“In secondary schools, the Independent Union of Secondary School Workers held a vote at which 14 046 workers turned out. 12 491 voted against the offer by the Croatian government, which is 88.93%,” said the President of the Union of Secondary School Workers Branimir Mihalinec.

Mihalinec explained that the message means those employed in secondary schools do not intend to barter over supplements to salaries.

The president of the Croatian Teachers' Union, Sanja Šprem, said that 68% of those employed in elementary schools turned out for the vote.

“95.26% rejected the offer by the Croatian government and voted for the strike to continue,” said Šprem adding that salary coefficients are the reason for dissatisfaction and that strike will continue on the wave of that dissatisfaction.

“Problems in the education system need to begin to be resolved,” said Šprem.

Meanwhile university professors and non-teaching staff also voted against the government offer.

Unions representing teachers and professors said that classes will not be held on Monday. They said that if Prime Minister Andrej Plenković invites them to a meeting they will turn up but remain firm in their demands.

Source: HRT