Unionist: Negotiations can't be led without all relevant unions

The head of the Croatian Doctors' Union, Ivica Babic, said after talks in the government's office with only two public sector trade unions, that the interlocutors had agreed that social dialogue had no alternative and that it must include all relevant unionists.

He told the press after the meeting that the government's negotiating team would draw up proposals and protocols for the continuation of the negotiations.

Babic, whose trade union was one of the only two unions that attended today's meeting, underscored that there would be no negotiations unless all union representatives participated.

Asked by the press why he had not joined in today's boycott by another six trade unions from the public sector, Babic said that he had arrived for the talks to see where the misunderstanding was.

Asked whether he was ready for postponement of the implementation of a 6-percent rise in the basic wage, Babic said that he was in favour of all eight trade unions reaching a compromise solution.

The head of the Independent Union of Health and Social Welfare Workers, Stjepan Topolnjak, said after the meeting that he expected the government to honour its obligations.

The six public sector unions that did not attend today's talks represent nurses, social workers, employees in secondary schools, employees in the science and higher education sectors and workers in the culture sector.

Last update: Tue, 12/04/2016 - 13:12
Author: 

More from Croatia

Remaining Kiowa Warrior helicopters for Croatian army delivered

Eleven OH-58D Kiowa Warrior military helicopters were delivered to the Croatian Air Force base in Zemunik on...

Croatia needs change and SDP must start it, says opposition leader

Newly elected Social Democratic Party (SDP) president Davor Bernardic said in Zagreb on Saturday that Croatia needed...

Minister says buying controlling interest in INA worth the challenge

State property Minister Goran Maric said in an interview with the Jutarnji List daily on Saturday that the INA oil...

Croatian foreign ministry target of hacker attack, classified info not compromised

The Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Ministry has discovered that during the term of the previous government...

Museum of tastes opens in Osijek

A museum of tastes was formally opened in Osijek by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Friday on the occasion of...