Minister of Labour and Pension System Josip Aladrović said on Tuesday that he would invite teachers' unions to the negotiating table on Wednesday, in order to present the government's final offer in a bid to end the strike.
Minister Aladrović told reporters he hoped union leaders would accept the invitation after disgruntled union leaders said earlier in the day that they had not been called to continue negotiations with the government on Tuesday.
Aladrović, however, did not reveal what the government planned to present as its final offer on raising the job complexity index in the education sector.
He also added that the government expected the strike to end. "We expect the end of the strike considering all the increases we have offered through the basic collective agreement and through the optional increase that we offered earlier in the case that the regulation on job complexity indices is not amended."
Union leaders say they will put the government's final offer to an internal referendum to see whether it will be accepted or not.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković on Tuesday called on the leaders of striking teachers' unions to think about the impact the strike was having on students and society as a whole, noting that it was unreasonable to strike when wages were to be increased.
"With all due respect for the right to strike, the messages that have been sent are unreasonable. It is unreasonable to strike if your wage is being increased and if wages of those you represent will be increased. I don't consider that to be rational," said Plenković.