30,000 Croatian teachers hold protest for pay hike

In Zagreb, PM wants to resume talks

25 November, 18:30

    (ANSAmed) - ZAGREB, NOVEMBER 25 - About 30,000 people, mostly middle school and elementary school teachers, took to the streets on Monday in the Croatian capital.

    The protest came after a strike in the public education sector that has been underway for a month and a half to demand higher salaries. The protest was organized by trade unions with the slogan 'Croatia Can Do Better' and is one of the most successful to be held in the Balkan country in the past ten years. A large number of schools took part and it was backed by much of Croatian society and the media. Until Monday the strike had been of a circular nature with work interrupted in some regions but schools open in most places. After the 2020 budget law was passed, which did not meet their demands, last week trade unions called for a nationwide strike to begin. A month ago, conservative prime minister Andrej Plenkovic said that he expected the strike to end after bland promises for pay hikes in 2020. However, dissatisfaction instead increase and universities and scientific research centers joined in. The conservative in power would like the strike to end prior to December, when presidential elections are due to be held. Plenkovic has urged union leaders to resume talks. (ANSAmed).

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