SSSH leader Mladen Novosel.jpg
SSSH leader Mladen Novosel
Photograph: Hina/ Tomislav Pavlek/ tp

The Croatian trade union federation which goes by the acronym SSSH on Thursday presented its demands and expectations of the next government and parliament.

The union's platform, a modified version of its platform for the November 2015 election, offers proposals and solutions aimed at encouraging political parties and coalitions to start a debate, in the run-up to the September 11 early election, about topics that concern workers, the well-being of citizens and the direction of the country's social and economic development.

We want to know if political parties have platforms, what they are offering in those platforms, how they plan to implement them and how Croatian workers will benefit from them, SSSH leader Mladen Novosel told a news conference.

Workers and citizens expect the process of re-industrialisation and new jobs said Novosel, warning about the non-payment of salaries, agency recruitment and so-called labour vouchers, occasional and temporary jobs that turn workers into welfare cases, and the problem of the minimum wage, which, he said, prompted workers to leave the country.

The rule of law must start functioning and collective work agreements must be respected, and conditions must be created to employ 1.8 million to 2 million workers to make the pension and health systems sustainable, said Novosel, adding that the SSSH would hold talks with leading political parties ahead of the elections and present its expectations.

The union leadership will not give SSSH members any suggestions as to who to vote for, but it will call on them to go to the polls, said Novosel.

The leader of the national union of workers in the tourism and services sectors, Eduard Andric, said he expected the new government to relieve the tax burden on businesses and citizens, lower the VAT rate and increase workers' wages.

The leader of the Union of Education, Media and Cultural Workers, Bozica Zilic, stressed the importance of advancing the education system and implementing the curriculum reform as well as ridding it of political influence. She also called for reforming and rationalising the health system without increasing the cost of medical services.

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