Saturday, 30 April 2022

Union of Civil Society Sector Workers Calls for Marking International Workers' Day

ZAGREB, 30 April 2022 - A trade union of precarious workers and activists on Saturday called on all workers to mark International Workers' Day as their day of fight for decent wages, better working conditions and more social and economic rights.

Calling on workers to support or join workers' unions, the union, which goes by the acronym SKUPA and brings together members of civil society organisations, also called on workers to join in a protest march to be organised in Zagreb on Sunday by the SSSH trade union federation, of which it is a member.

The SKUPA trade union was established in December 2021 as a response by workers in civil society organisations to poor working conditions in the sector.

"That includes frequently low or inadequate salaries, excessive workload, frequently unpaid overtime work and work on weekends, job insecurity, and mobbing and bullying in the workplace," the union says, noting that civil society organisations in Croatia employ around 19,000 workers.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Union Collective of Precarious Workers and Activists Registered

ZAGREB, 26 Jan 2022- The SKUPA union collective has been registered, comprising precarious workers and activists, and brings civil society workers together for the first time at the national level who will fight for workers' rights in associations, cooperatives, foundations, trade unions, and political parties.

SKUPA said on Wednesday it was established on 7 February and registered at the labor ministry on 5 January.

SKUPA empowers civil society workers and provides them with organized support in the fight for labor rights, dignified working conditions, and a better civil society, a press release said.

SKUPA will also fight for changing financing rules so that organizations financed via public calls can honor workers' rights.

It warns that since associations are non-profit organizations, they often can't pay severance in case of dismissal or pay for overtime work because these costs are not envisaged by any project.

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