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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Government backtracks on pay promise, angering public sector unions

By: J.S., STA

As the government and public sector trade unions kicked off pay talks, the government backtracked on its promise to raise the value of individual pay brackets, offering instead one-off bonuses to cause indignation among trade unions.

Public Administration Minister Sanja Ajanović Hovnik said the government had assessed an increase in pay brackets as inappropriate at the moment due to growing prices and inflation. Representatives of both negotiating groups are unhappy with the government’s move, and they expect the government negotiators to get a different mandate, or else they will step up union activities.

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