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Research on precarious work in Croatia

Zagreb, 18 June 2015 – The Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Croatia carries out a research on situation and features of precarious work in Croatia, within the implementation of its campaign against the abuse of atypical forms of work entitled "Labour is not a Commodity".
Research is carried out via questionnaire, through shop stewards of trade unions affiliated to the UATUC, and all interested may also fill it in on-line
The objectives of the planned research are to present the main trends of precarious work in Croatia, identify characteristics of precarious work, create incentives for the adoption of comprehensive trade union strategies for precarious work and precarious workers, and formulate demands for policy decision-makers regarding regulation of precarious work.
The analysis should assist trade unions in developing tools to approach precarious workers, better represent and protect their rights and interests and influence the prevention of further reduction of workers’ rights.
Precarious work presents a way of employment which considerably departs from traditional i.e. standard forms of work such as employment on open-ended contracts. Precarious workers are those employed on fixed-term contracts, seasonal, agency workers, self-employed, part-time workers (non-voluntary), and others. Key characteristics of precarious workers are insecurity and low or lack of any rights and protection.  In other words, precarious work most often results in lower employment security, higher risk of unemployment and lower wages, social contributions and pensions, and worsening of working conditions.
Precarious work is a global problem and as such is present in Croatia to a significant extent. In that regard, the UATUC decided to carry out a research on precarious work and its most important features.
In writing an analysis, the UATUC will cooperate with the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), which implements a project for the Dublin University PRECARIR – The rise of the dual labour market: fighting precarious employment in the member states through industrial relations, as well as with the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and other partner organisations. The results of the research by the UATUC and research by the IRMO will be presented at the round table organized in cooperation with FES on the World Day for Decent Work on 7 October.