Unions, employers accuse govt of being apathetic about social dialogue

In reaction to the cancellation of a meeting of the Economic and Social Council (GSV), which was due to have been held on Monday, the SSSH union federation and the Croatian Employers' Association (HUP) sent Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic and his deputies an open letter in which they claim that the government has no will to establish a quality social dialogue with unions and employers.

As soon as the government was formed you showed support for social dialogue and to the inclusion of social partners in the process of shaping, implementing and evaluating public policies, however, it seems that is as far as it went. Social partners assess governments by the level of social dialogue, SSSH and HUP said in their letter to the prime minister, and his Deputy Prime Ministers Tomislav Karamarko and Bozo Petrov.

Having in mind that responsibility toward social partners is a reflection of responsibility toward citizens and their future, SSSH and HUP appeal for a more responsible and constructive approach to social dialogue.

They recalled that in the past five months the GSV had only met with the government three times and that social partners were included in working groups for only a few laws and that GSV meetings were often cancelled due to a lack of quorum.

Believing that the ministers do not have sufficient knowledge about social dialogue, GSV adopted a conclusion seeking a joint meeting between the GSV and government to better prepare a mechanism to include social partners in decision-making processes.

Two months have passed and the government has not responded to that initiative.

Last update: Mon, 06/06/2016 - 18:46
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