Wearing t-shirts that read “Referendum!” members of three union federations: SSSH, the Independent Trade Unions of Croatia and the Association of Croatian Trade Unions gathered in front of Croatian parliament, expressing dissatisfaction with a package of laws for overall pension reforms that were voted on by representatives today.
“We only came to send a message that should be read by those that are voting today, before they enter let them see that we are waiting for them in the next step and in a month or so gather signatures for a referendum against certain stipulations in the reforms,” said union leader Krešimir Sever, confirming that a referendum could be held in the spring of next year, before elections for European parliament.
“We now have our time and we will time when we come out with this,” said Sever, explaining that they waited with the referendum until the pension law were adopted, so that there is the least possibility of the Constitutional Court quashing it for procedural reasons.
He warned that today’s action is a continuation of a series of actions that unions initiated a few months ago due to the state of affairs in the pension system and announced reforms, including a protest, and a number of arrivals to parliament and in front of it.
The direct reason for today’s arrival is the government’s rejection of amendments with which unions, through members of parliament, wanted to “soften such injustice and the new pension reforms,” said Sever.
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