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Factsheet for case HR-2020-23/1047 – measures in Croatia

Annex to the Collective Agreement for Croatian State Administration Employees

Dodatak Kolektivnom ugovoru za za državne službenike i namještenike

Country Croatia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 June 2020 – 31 December 2020
Type Bipartite collective agreements
Category Ensuring business continuity and support for essential services
– Remuneration and rewards for workers in essential services
Author Predrag Bejalovic (IJF) and Eurofound
Case created 27 August 2020

Background information

The government and representative Trade Unions of state administration employees agreed in 2019 on the base pay rise for two plus two percent that was to apply on 1 June 2020 and 1 October 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 crisis and its adverse economic and financial consequences, it was obvious that such promises would not be possible to realize.

Content of measure

After four meetings with the representative Trade Unions of state administration employees, the Minister of Labour and Pension System and Trade Unions (the Police Union of Croatia, the Trade Union of Interior Ministry Employees and the Local and State Administration Employees' Trade Union) signed an Annex to the Basic collective agreement for state administration employees. Later the same annex was signed with Trade Unions of Public Servants. Both documents envisage the deferral of the promised wage increase. Therefore, the base amount for the calculation of salaries in 2020 will stay HRK 5,8009.79 (€774,64), while from 1 January 2021 it will be HRK 6.044,51 (€805,93).

Use of measure

During 2020 the holiday bonuses will be paid out as in previous years, while the jubilee awards will receive all employees that are eligible in 2020. Discussion regarding the Christmas bonuses will take place during the preparation of the State budget for 2021. Trade Unions are generally satisfied with the achieved negotiation and Annexes because Unions are fully adverse of a dire situation in economy and public finance. The Unions intend to discuss with the government all the problems in state and local administration services, not only the low salaries but primarily working conditions, material rights and ways of improving the status of state and local administration employees. They do not want to negotiate only about the suspension of the base pay increase and Christmas bonuses because the problems in state and local administration are much deeper.

Contents

  • Bonuses
  • Pay freezes or cuts

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Applies to all workers Sector specific set of companies
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Trade unions
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
No special funding required

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Social partners jointly
  • Main level of involvement: Sectoral or branch level

Involvement

The Annex has been signed by three representative Trade Unions: the Police Union of Croatia, the Trade Union of Interior Ministry Employees and the Local and State Administration Employees' Trade Union. The Trade Unions began the initiative with the intention to be active stakeholders in the process so as to meet their obligations towards trade union members. According to their opinion, this is damage control and the Trade Unions did not wish to leave it up to a government to make unilaterally some reductions in employees’ rights.

Views and reactions

A representative of the Independent Trade Union of Interior Ministry Employees (Nezavisni sindikat djelatnika MUP-a), said that they had decided to take on the initiative on the Annex because they wanted to be stakeholders in the process so as to meet their obligations towards trade union members. According to his opinion, this is damage control and the Trade Unions did not wish to leave it up to a government to make unilaterally some reductions in employees’ rights. The representative of Local and State Administration Employees' Trade Union said that union bodies had agreed to accept the government's offer but they hope that the negotiations with the government would continue. The membership of the Police Union of Croatia had also decided to sign the Annex.

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      O - Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security O84 Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 29 May 2020: Potpisan dodatak kolektivnom ugovoru s javnim službama, dodatak dva parafirali i državni službenici i namještenici (slobodnadalmacija.hr)
  • 03 June 2020: Potpisan Dodatak III. Kolektivnom ugovoru za državne službenike i namještenike (www.sdlsn.hr)
  • 05 June 2020: Dodatak III. Kolektivnom ugovoru za državne službenike i namještenike (narodne-novine.nn.hr)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), Annex to the Collective Agreement for Croatian State Administration Employees , case HR-2020-23/1047 (measures in Croatia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.