Unions plan actions ahead of Firefighters' Day

Croatia

The Coordination of Unions and Associations of Professional Firefighters in Croatia has announced union actions and a firefighter protest scheduled for 4 May, Firefighters' Day. The dissatisfaction stems from the inequality in salaries among firefighters across various levels – local, regional, and national. They are unhappy about the failure to implement changes to rules and regulations regarding allowances, leading to a reduction in firefighters' rights. At a meeting of representatives in public fire brigades held at the headquarters of the SDLSN trade union, details of protests were agreed upon. More than a decade of stagnant funding and the absence of legislation to guarantee firefighters' labour rights have exacerbated the situation. The lack of support and action from relevant institutions has further worsened the situation, leading to the closure of some fire brigades. Unions argue that these issues not only indicate a malfunction in the firefighting system but also a lack of appreciation for firefighters' work. Unions have declared their determination to fight for fair working conditions and respect for their rights, with these protests representing a significant step towards achieving these goals.

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