Croatian pensioners and elderly persons are the third poorest in the European Union and over the past eight years their pensions have been practically frozen, two pensioners' associations said on Monday, asking political parties to take positions on their demands ahead of next month's parliamentary election.
The SUH pensioners' union and the MUH pensioners' organisation said in a joint press release they represented the interests of 1.2 million voters and wanted political parties to solve a string of issues, primarily the indexing of pensions to GDP growth, indexing all pensions under an equal model, and regulating the pensions of persons who retired after 1 January 1999, claiming that those pensioners are deprived of 20 percent of their pensions.
The statement says a minimum pension should be introduced in the amount of 50% of the net minimum wage and that the goal should be 50% of the average wage in order to reduce poverty. The associations also want the introduction of a welfare pension to come from the state budget, keeping of the first pension pillar, and raising the retirement age to 67 only after 2038. They are against the privatisation of health care.