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The head of the Independent Croatian Unions Kresimir Sever on Friday said the new government's programme presented by PM-Designate Tihomir Oreskovic had only indicated some programme principles but not their implementation, framework, or people responsible for them, adding that unions would not allow any further cuts to workers' rights.

It is interesting that in his keynote presentation, Oreskovic did not indicate that he would do all this in cooperation with social partners and workers have been mentioned in only one part which reads that a flexible labour force is expected to contribute to all this. The workforce in Croatia is too flexible and workers' rights have been made overly flexible and there is no room to make them any more flexible, Sever told reporters in parliament.

The unionist expects the government to reinstate frozen social dialogue and wants the new government "to meet with union federation representatives and the Croatian Employers' Association to discuss the indicated principles and also to appoint representatives to the Economic-Social Council so that it can start functioning." 

Unions, he said, will not allow any further cuts to workers' rights. "They have been curtailed excessively."

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