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New ban on Sunday working in Croatia criticised by businesses

Written by  Feb 24, 2023

On Thursday, the Croatian Employers' Association (HUP), reacting to the Government's final proposal on changes to the new trade act, warned that closing shops in a year of crisis will stop the growth of wages and consumption and trigger a decline in GDP.

From the session on Thursday, the government sent to parliament the final proposal for changes to the new trade act, according to which shops would normally be closed on Sundays, and traders can choose 16 Sundays of the year during which they would work, and the new law would enter into force on July 1.

HUP reminds that they have always emphasized that limiting the work and working hours of entrepreneurs is contrary to the fundamental postulates that the HUP and its members represent, and they also note that bans have never led to market development or positive effects on the labor market.

"We are of the opinion that the best option is to leave work on Sundays up to employers, while respecting all legal obligations and adequately paying workers, and we point out that we are fundamentally opposed to interventions in the working hours of some entrepreneurs," HUP pointed out.

According to the proposal, the retailer independently determines which are the 16 Sundays of the working year, based on individual needs, seasonality, micro-location and other relevant factors.

The law prescribes exceptions to the general rule that are located within or are an integral part of railway and bus stations, airports and ferry ports, ports of inland navigation, ships, airplanes and ferries for the transport of people and vehicles, gas stations, hospitals, hotels, cultural spaces and religious institutions and other subjects in culture, museums, visitor centers or interpretation centers, nautical marinas, camps, family farms and declared protected nature areas in accordance with special regulations.

The new law would enter into force on July 1, said the Minister of Economy and sustainable development Davor Filipović. And the minister pointed out that the final proposal of the trade act regulates the fundamental right of trade workers to weekly rest and resolves the issue of balance between private and business, which in all public surveys has been shown to be something very important to citizens.

On the other hand opposition parties have also accused the government of collapsing to pressure from the Catholic Church in order to secure votes.


The Voice of Dubrovnik


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