Nation-Wide Strike of Primary, Secondary School Teachers Set for Tuesday

By 18 November 2019

ZAGREB, November 18, 2019 - Teachers' unions did not strike on Monday due to the 28th anniversary of the fall of Vukovar in the Homeland War, and union representatives announced a nation-wide strike of primary and secondary teachers for Tuesday.

The leader of the national union of secondary school teachers, Branimir Mihalinec, said that the new round of the strike would start on Tuesday, when all primary and secondary schools in the country would strike against the government's last offer to the unions, which they consider shameful, less favourable than the previous one, and an attempt to humiliate the striking education-sector workers.

The government's last offer to the striking unions consisted of a 6.12% increase in the base pay next year, an analysis of wages in the public sector, including job complexity indices, and an agreement on a wage supplement of 2% if the government fails to amend the regulation on job complexity indices by June 30.

The unions demand a 6.11% increase in the job complexity index for teachers so that they do not lag behind other public services.

Their strike, which is a rotating one, has been going on for 26 days and so far, each student is six school days short of the prescribed number of school days.

Leaders of the striking primary and secondary school teachers' unions were expected to decide on Monday on the models of their industrial action for the period after Tuesday.

Union leaders have said that they will publish on Tuesday the results of a referendum among their members on the government's offer. According to data presented last week, the government's offer was rejected with more than 95% of the vote.

More news about the strike can be found in the Business section.