2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Croatia
|Publisher||International Trade Union Confederation|
|Publication Date||6 June 2013|
|Cite as||International Trade Union Confederation, 2013 Annual Survey of Violations of Trade Union Rights - Croatia, 6 June 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/51b8517718.html [accessed 24 May 2017]|
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Discrimination against union members: On 24 December 2012, Zagreb Holding dismissed Dario Rastovcan, a shop steward from the Autonomous Trade Union of Workers in Public Utilities and Housing Services of Croatia who had been raising violations of rights guaranteed by law and by collective agreements.
Legislative changes have restricted trade union rights: In 2012, legal amendments have been adopted that have introduced representivity criteria for bargaining purposes. The new criteria favour "vocational" unions which are guaranteed automatic entry into the negotiation committee. This could encourage the creation of numerous vocational unions and cause fragmentation. The procedure for determining representativeness is too long and complicated and causes a backlog for collective bargaining.
Government cancels Basic Collective Agreement: On 17 September 2012, the Croatian Government cancelled the Basic Collective Agreement that provided benefits for officials and employees in the public sector after negotiations with unions broke down over wage cuts proposed by the Cabinet. The decision to cancel the collective agreement took effect on 17 December 2012.