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A delegation of striking workers from the Mungos d.o.o. mine clearing company seeking the endorsement of a collective agreement and gross monthly pay increase to HRK 15,000 held a peaceful rally outside the government building on Monday and were received by caretaker prime minister Tihomir Oreskovic who assured them of his support.

After the meeting in the government, union leader Mario Ivekovic told reporters that the prime minister supports their demands for a collective agreement and that caretaker interior minister Vlaho Orepic would meet on Tuesday with the director of the Croatian Mine Action Centre (HCR) when a decision to resolve this situation could be adopted.

We could say that we have the government's support however the decision is up to the company, which is owned by the state, so I don't see that there should be any problem however, we are all aware that we live in Croatia and we will remain here (in front of the government building) until the collective agreement is signed, Ivekovic said. Support is one thing, signing the agreement and concrete steps will be proof, he added.

Hopefully the signing will be on Tuesday or Wednesday or we might see that there is someone else, who despite the government's support, wishes to prevent the signing of a collective agreement. In that case we will have to go there, he said.

Asked in his opinion who was obstructing the signing of the agreement, Ivekovic said that the blockade could only have occurred in HCR but that he does not know why.

Mungos workers launched their strike on Tuesday after negotiations over a collective agreement were disrupted and after an unsuccessful attempt in a peaceful settlement and union demands for a pay increase were denied.

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