Government is offering teachers a 2% pay hike that would take effect retroactively on October 1st and an additional two percent increase on June 1st of 2020.
After meeting with the heads of unions representing primary and secondary school teachers on Wednesday, Labour and Pension System Minister Josip Aladrović announced to reporters that the unions have rejected Government's proposed wage adjustment plan.
According to Minister Aladrović government’s offer of a two-step pay raise of 2% this month and another 2% pay hike in mid-2020 represents a cumulative cost on an annual basis of 320 million Kuna.
After their meeting Union leader Branimir Mihalinec informed reporters that all teaching and non-teaching staff in primary and secondary schools will go on strike on Thursday. They are demanding a 6% pay raise and say they will continue their strike until their demand is met.
Minister Aladrović said that while the strike represents a serious inconvenience for government, it must maintain financial sustainability and accountability with regard to the state budget.