Labour Minister Josip Aladrović assured employers on Friday that the government's job-retention measures would continue in March; allaying fears by business owners that the partial re-opening of the service industry on March 1 would mean forfeiting government aid.
Labour and Pension System Minister Josip Aladrović believes that the continuation of job-retention measures will help to prevent mass layoffs, and underscored that his data showed that there had been no mass layoffs so far.
In addition to the job-retention measure, which is quite similar to the conditions that applied to January and February, Aladrović said that the reimbursement of fixed costs would also continue.
He thinks that that combination of measures would help both employers and workers, preserve the labour market and preserve the wage budget.
"We have given businesses the opportunity to partially open. Cafes, bars, and restaurants were closed in December, January and February, which allowed those businesses to apply for government subsidies. The ability to partially open means they must now prove there has been a decrease in income of between 40 to 60 percent compared to 2019 in order to receive the 2,000 to 4,000 kuna subsidy per employee," said Aladrović.
Meanwhile, Mihael Furjan, president of the Croatian Employers' Association, said he "would like these financial support measures be applied to all sectors that have had a significant drop in income. Not only bars and restaurants, but the travel and tourism industries as well."
It has been estimated that in March the job-retention measures would cost the state from 300 to 400 million kuna.
Aladrović views the current epidemiological situation and the partial relaxation of measures as a good path.
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