Trade Unions Disappointed with Number of Referendum Signatures

By 6 May 2019

ZAGREB, May 6, 2019 - The "67 is too much" referendum initiative on Monday expressed concern because according to data processed so far, the initiative has collected 247,835 signatures over the past nine days, yet it requires more than 373,000 signatures and has only five more days to collect them.

Unions have organised the campaign for a referendum against raising the statutory retirement age to 67 and in order for the referendum to be called the initiative is required to collect at least 373,568 signatures. On Monday it was lacking at least 125,733 signatures.

"We are concerned that we won't succeed," president of the Matica union federation, Vilim Ribić, told a press conference.

Three union federations – NHS, SSSH, and Matica (Association of Croatian Trade Unions) – launched the "67 is too much" campaign to call the referendum to bring back the full retirement age to 65 as it was prior to the pension reform. The initiative has until May 11 to collect the required number of signatures.

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