In the spring the union backed "67 is too long" civil initiative held a petition drive in which the group says it gathered more than 600 000 signatures to force a referendum against government’s pension system reforms.
One of the key reforms that unions are opposed to is the raising of the retirement age from 65 to 67. Prime Minister Andrej Plenković today confirmed that the "67 is too long" civil initiative has collected enough signatures to force a referendum against his government's pension reforms and that the issue will be addressed at tomorrow's cabinet session.
"According to the information we received from the Administration Minister at yesterday's meeting of the inner cabinet, based on the statistical sampling method it appears as though they have gathered enough signatures. So our job now is to inform parliament of the estimated number of signatures," the prime minister told reporters.
Union leader Krešimir Sever warned that any attempts to delay the holding of the referendum would be met with an immediate response: "Should government decide to go to the Constitutional Court, in a bid to delay the process, this will inevitably evoke a response from us, in which we will, in various ways, publicly express our dissatisfaction and call on citizens to join us in doing so."
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