Public sector workers' unions will not back down from their demands for a six percent pay rise based on an agreement under which those wages would increase by 6% if Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grows by two percent or more for two subsequent quarters, and they expect the government to launch negotiations in this regard at the meeting scheduled for March 21.
Even though the budget for this year does not foresee the HRK 1.8 billion required for the pay rise, we will not back down from the six percent increase because it is our right guaranteed by the agreement, union leader Boris Plesa said on Wednesday during a break in a meeting of the Economic-Social Council.
At the meeting with the government we will see how and in what period the pay rise will be negotiated, we are open to all options, said Plesa.
He recalled that negotiations on a new collective agreement for public sector workers should be launched before May and that the agreement should also provide for bonuses of 4%, 8% and 10% for public servants with 20 years of service or more.
Unions estimate that this will require an additional 50 - 60 million kuna annually. "These funds have not been planned in the budget either but we insist that the bonuses continue to be paid based on last year's Constitutional Court ruling," Plesa said.