October 1, 2019 / 10:49 AM / 14 days ago

Croatia teachers announce strike for Oct.10, seek 6% wage hike

ZAGREB, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Croatian teachers will go on strike on Oct. 10 because the government has ignored their demands for higher wages, an education union said on Tuesday.

The threatened strikes are the latest in a series of confrontations between the government and various unions, representing transport workers, doctors and nurses and teachers .

“We will today formally inform the government about the strike as the government has continuously ignored its promise to meet with us and give a response to our demands,” said Branimir Mihalinec who heads the union of secondary-education teachers.

He said the strike would begin on Oct. 10 and would last until the teachers’ demands were met.

Teachers staged a protest in front of government buildings in early September, saying they were underpaid for the tasks they now had to perform. The new school year marked the start of a major reform aimed at modernising education and bringing it more in line with what the labour market needs.

The unions of primary and secondary education teachers demanded an increase in their wages of about 6%. Their representatives met with Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and expected further meetings.

Last month, the government agreed to raise salaries for doctors and nurses by an average of 7% after a threat the major healthcare unions to strike at hospitals and other healthcare facilities.

Reporting by Igor Ilic, editing by Larry King

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