While the Croatian People's Party partner in the Croatian government said today that education workers must receive higher salaries, the government cabinet adopted a decision on the beginning of negotiations for changes to the collective agreement in health care, whose workers have threatened to strike.
Prime Minister Andrej Plenković noted that he understands the ministers of health and education, however he reminded them that they are members of the government cabinet and not unions, recalling the need for financial sustainability.
At their session today the government cabinet appointed a committee for changes to the collective agreement in health care in order to, what Minister of Health Milan Kujundžić said "conclude annex 2 of the collective agreement by October 31st”.
In a situation where unions in their fight to gain salary increases have threatened to strike, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said that he understands the ministers of health and education who advocate salary increases.
“We are members of the government here and not members of unions, that is first. And second, we will lead all of these negotiations in a consistent, effective, and horizontal manner where the deputy prime minister for the economy will have an important role, as well as the labor minister. So I expect everyone in the government to fully respect this horizontal principle,” said Plenković.
The prime minister warned that fiscal and financial sustainability of the entire budget is just as important.
Ahead of today's cabinet session the Croatian People's Party Deputy Prime Minister Predrag Štromar said that they insist education workers receive higher salaries, noting that they are talking about this. Minister of Science and Education Blaženka Divjak said that it is a question of righteousness and recognizing priorities.
“I am taking care to influence everything that is within the purview of the ministry and in my eyes, but naturally I leave all social partners the room to resolve certain things in different manners,” said Divjak.
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