Labour Minister Josip Aladrović said on Tuesday that the government's job keeping measures were to remain in place until the end of the year in sectors where it was necessary and that Croatia was now moving to the job creation stage, for which more than a billion kuna has been set aside.
"We have secured some funding for the shortened working hours measure and for the job keeping measure. We hope and expect that these measures will not be intense next year because we are moving to the job creation stage, for which we have secured over a billion kuna," said Aladrović.
Aladrović said that this would be the direction in which the country would be going in 2022. He, however, reiterated that "we will be at the service of workers and employers as long as necessary."
He said that about 40 million kuna was currently being paid out for 12-15,000 workers as part of the job-keeping measure.
The minister also commented on public sector unions calling for the implementation of a so-called 13th salary, as well as an increase in base salary and material rights.
"I think we all have to agree that the demands are extremely unrealistic. However, the negotiations are ahead of us and we expect to reach a certain level of compromise. We support a realistic scenario, but what was presented yesterday really exceeds the financial potential of Croatia," said the minister.
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