UNEMPLOYMENT / DEC. 27, 2012
version 17, draft 17

Collective agreement signed with the trade unions of civil service

Croatia

 

At today's meeting of the negotiating committee of the Croatian Government and the civil service unions in the cabinet signed a collective agreement for civil servants and for the next four years, to implement the amendments to the Annex to the Agreement on the base salary in the civil service of 23 March 2009. and Appendix I. The collective agreement for civil servants.

Deputy Prime Minister Neven Mimica said after signing the Government and trade unions of civil servants and employees signed the Collective Agreement which the next four years and two appendices, one on the method of payment of outstanding solutions in payments of certain substantive rights in 2012 – 2013, and a second, an agreement on how to increase the base salary based on the achievement of economic growth.

This collective agreement signed today, and this term is, I would say the budget, economic and financial emergency, said Mimica, but is also the responsibility of the testimony, the testimony of a common understanding and a rational approach to the government as employer and the union as the representative of the government workforce, understanding the economic situation in which we find ourselves this year, next year and I hope that after next year, and to activate the agreement to raise the basic salary. Such collective agreement confirms everything that regulates basic salary alone, way of regulating the amount of the basic salary and basic salary in terms of base salary, in terms of the coefficients in terms of the odds for extras achieved tenure, and in this and the following year created the conditions for maintaining budgetary savings and budget items to total expenditure for salaries of reducing certain substantive rights, disposable material supplements specified in the Collective Agreement.

With the government once again express our gratitude for the joint verification of social dialogue, social partnership, which, it turned out, it can function in difficult budgetary and financial times.

With the Government and we repeat what we said earlier, that this collective bargaining agreement, this model of the collective agreement, as the four fundamental solutions and exceptions for this and next year, will be offered for the renegotiation of public services, as well as such a model be the basis for negotiations in public enterprises, public administrations and enterprises with trade unions. Our intention is that through these two years we have a uniform system of wages and material additions at five levels, from those who receive salaries from the state budget or local budgets, and that is the equal of the material conditions in the civil service, public service, public enterprises, the agencies and in the institutions of local government. It is a job that the government will do by the end of the year, and this signing today we went on this trip.

Boris Plesa, president of the Union of State and local officials and employees, on behalf of the union negotiating committee of civil servants expressed particular satisfaction that the collective agreement was signed for a period of four years to be very important. "In particular, I emphasize the fact that the collective agreement remained the same in its textual part, except section 59 that regulates the transportation. All other rights are agreed, through the addition of the agreement, will be implemented during 2012 - 2013, but it is important to emphasize that these rights remain in the Collective Agreement, and that is what is critical. What causes dissatisfaction and difference of opinion is that certain material rights reduced and no one is comfortable even negotiate about it, let alone sign agreements of this type. Unfortunately, the situation is like that, we find ourselves in a position to defend wages and jobs on the one hand and to temporarily reduce some rights as proposed in this Annex Agreement. Thus, between the two evils was to choose the one which in the opinion of many of the lesser evil, thus preserving jobs and wages. I hope that in the coming period and the level of social dialogue with the government to come to that required level because I think that we have entered these negotiations in a way that we should go in, and I have to admit it publicly, on these problems, we should discuss it in February, when be made a budget, like we are in some ways still put in a position to defend ourselves and to try to keep it through the negotiation rights that we have had for years. Hopefully, and I say in the negotiations, and that this year when the budget to pass, and the next year, we'll be found and talk about all the rights that are governed by collective agreements, because we will only in this way will be able to prove that really appreciate each other, primarily foreign government trade union side, and the fact that we have agreed today, it means that we, the civil servants perceive the situation in which we find ourselves. Also I want to emphasize the fact that employees in the civil service very well understand the situation in which the country finds itself and not autistic, to not only fight for their own interests, regardless of how the others. Despite the substantive position, which we all know it's not good. I say it this way, then, government officials understand the situation, gave up certain substantive rights in 2012 – 2013  and I hope that from today we will not be, under media pressure over state officials to live in a certain way, in a kind of privileged position. The situation is completely different, and I prayed that and it perceives the current signature. Also I want to thank all my colleagues in the Negotiating Committee for their constructive work and contribution and no matter what our sessions and maybe were not so fierce, I must tell you that the debate forward in a constructive atmosphere, we were trying to arrange what is best for our membership In all that, unfortunately, cannot always be one hundred percent to achieve the effect, because if that were so, then it would actually be a monologue, rather than talks and negotiations, "was completed by Boris dance.

Dubravko Jagić Croatian Police Union President thanked all members of the civil service unions that have given support and assistance of colleagues from the Negotiating Committee, and thanked the negotiating team of the Croatian Government. It was a sacrifice on both sides continued Jagić, negotiations did not proceed as smoothly as it thinks, but it's a normal thing. He expressed satisfaction that agreed last four years, and the crown of working together and compromise is considered today the signing of the Collective Agreement.

Casting Potter, president of the Independent Trade Unions MUP added that the government is expected to meet the requirements as soon as possible and increase wages by six percent. Croatian government has no right to miss, he said.

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