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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.

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