Parliament Speaker Gordan Jandroković, speaking in his role as the secretary-general of the ruling HDZ, commented on a statement made by HNS President Ivan Vrdoljak that his party would leave the government's ruling coalition if teachers' wages were not raised.
Education Minister Blaženka Divjak, herself a member of the HNS, has been a vocal supporter of a pay raise for teachers, saying that the salary increase was part and parcel of the government's ambitious curricular reforms that went into effect just weeks ago.
Jandroković would not speculate on whether the government could survive to the end of their mandate without the HNS in the fold. He added, however, that while his party respected the positions of their coalition partners they would not accept an ultimatum, adding that contingency plans were in place for "every possible outcome".
Meanwhile, Work and Solidarity Party president Milan Bandić, who is also the mayor of Zagreb, called on Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Thursday to raise teachers' salaries by 17% over the next fourteen months: 6% retroactively from September 1st; 4% on January 1st, 2020; and by a further 7% on January 1st, 2021.
Speaking at a press conference, Bandić extended his party's full support for teachers and their right to strike. He said his party would not leave the ruling coalition because it continued to cooperated well with the government, adding that he trusted the prime minister to do the right thing.