Labour and Pension System Minister Josip Aladrović announced that by Friday, 43,000 employers had sought assistance as part of the government's first set of measures designed to alleviate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy, asking the state to pay the minimum wage for a quarter-million employees.
Asked if he was surprised by the large number of applications, the minister said on Croatian television last night that initial estimates had predicted that minimum wages would be sought for around half-a-million workers.
Minister Aladrović recalled that between four and six billion kuna would be set aside in order to cover those wages.
“We are glad that payments started on Wednesday, which means that the Employment Service has been dealing with applications swiftly,” he said.
He added that it was the government’s belief that everyone had the right to be paid the minimum wage if they met the set conditions in time for March wages to be paid.
The minister also noted that the government's second set of measures designed to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy would not include tax write-offs or the write-off of contributions, despite calls from employers’ associations and the opposition SDP.