SDP leader says government unwilling to change labor law
ZAGREB, April 30, 2022 – Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Peđa Grbin on Saturday distributed carnations and socialized with citizens of Pula ahead of International Workers’ Day, noting that the incumbent government was unwilling to launch a comprehensive labor law reform announced more than six months ago.
“According to recent EU statistics, Croatia is near the bottom of the EU rankings in terms of employment and this is what we need to talk about, not only when we celebrate International Workers’ Day, but every throughout the year,” Grbin said, recalling that a comprehensive labor law reform was announced more than six months ago but was not underway.
“This government does not want to do it and does not have the capacity. It has changed the minister who should be in charge of the reform, a new one has been appointed who knows nothing about work and workers, and the problems persist. “, he added. said, adding that February data showed that regardless of an increase in absolute numbers, the real value of wages had fallen over the past year.
“We should all be focused on maintaining the value of earnings, preserving the value of wages and pensions as well as addressing issues such as overtime pay, working on Sundays and holidays and higher wages,” Grbin said, adding that the reality was that workers were still being exploited.
He also called for the Pensions Act to be amended to ensure adequate indexation of pensions to prevent them from losing value due to rising inflation.