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The Croatian trade union federation SSSH on Tuesday sent the next government an open letter, calling on it to focus, aside from current reforms, on employment growth, improving living standards and ensuring quality public and social services.

"We welcome proposals for a reform of state administration, for improving the quality of public sector management and public debt management, but those are just measures and instruments that serve to tackle employment and social policies and should be dealt with parallel to creating preconditions for economic growth," the SSSH said.

The SSSH warns that the way economic growth is achieved has a direct impact on the quality of jobs and income distribution. "Even though many reforms that are currently discussed are crucial to progress, they in themselves are not enough and do not guarantee an improvement of working and living conditions of Croatian citizens," the union federation says, advocating that these issues be put in the centre of negotiations as was the case in the election campaign.

Specifically, this means improving the application of labour legislation and collective agreements, eradicating the non-payment of wages and abuse of atypical work, and strengthening the social dialogue between unions, employers and the government with the aim of ensuring balanced development to the benefit of all, says the SSSH.

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