(19 June 2014) The Croatian public service unions affiliated to EPSU have been campaigning for 2 weeks to collect more than 367.000 signatures (10% of the voting population) to defeat proposals of the government to outsource public service jobs. And the response of the population has been enormous. The unions announced they surpassed the required number Wednesday. It is a significant defeat for the government. The government will now have to organise a referendum.
"This is a big success for the Croatian public services unions and a demonstration that people do care deeply about their public services when asked" says EPSU General Secretary Jan Willem Goudriaan. "The Croatian government should listen and discuss with the unions the alternatives to austerity in Europe. Investing in growth is the way out of the economic crisis, not the cutting of jobs and lowering wages."
EPSU has supported the Croatian affiliates and research collected by EPSU has been published by the unions and media.
- For more information on the Croatian unions'battle please see: www.sdlsn.hr or www.hrt.hr ; www.rtl.hr , www.novatv.hr
- For research on outsourcing check out: www.epsu.org/r/265 and www.epsu.org/r/578
EPSU has supported other unions running referenda like the Thessaloniki Water union that saw 218.000 people in Thessaloniki come out and say NO to the privatisation of their water company or 98%.
EPSU and affiliated organisations collected 1.9 million signatures for the first ever successful European Citizens Initiative Right2Water
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