Interior Minister Vlaho Orepic met on Thursday for the first time with police and public servants' unions and it was decided that cooperation in the ministry's reorganisation would contribute to improving the system and protection of public servants, the ministry reported.
The meeting was also attended by national chief-of-police Vlado Dominic.
"Orepic said that he considers the meeting to be the start of the reorganisation of the system and stressed the importance of staff within that system. He added that there was an imbalance in the state administration system with regard to wages and benefits," the ministry's press release says.
The statement adds that union representatives presented the problems their members are faced with and underscored that they objected to any benefits being reduced, adding that they had already agreed to forfeit Christmas bonuses and that their wages had been reduced by six percent.
Unionist Zdravko Loncar said that public servants with secondary school qualification were underpaid, both polices officers and regular public servants, and that it was necessary to define clear criteria in this regard.