Croatian Police Trade Union president Dubravko Jagić said on Tuesday, after negotiations with government representatives, that government employee unions demanded an 8 percent base pay rise as public employee unions, rejecting the government's offer of a 2 percent rise.
We demand the same as the public services, a base pay rise in three installments: by 4 percent as of 1 March, by 2 percent as of 1 July and by 2 percent as of 1 November, Jagić told the press after the ninth round of negotiations at the Labour Ministry.
"I think we will arrive very soon at a joint solution to the satisfaction of our members," he said, adding that they expect a new government offer next week.
Labour Ministry official, Drazen Opalić, said the government was offering a 2 percent base pay rise in the second half of the year but that the unions wanted "a little more ambitious" pay rise this year.
"The government took note of that and we agreed to resume the talks next week, and the government will take a position on the demands of the public and government employee unions," he said.
In previous negotiations, public employee unions requested an 8% base pay rise. Vilim Ribić of the Independent Science and Higher Education Union criticised the government for "saying that it doesn't have the money although, according to all indicators, it does."
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