Social and Economic Council Presented
Itself to Parliament

2. October 2018  •    Further

SEC in Parliament A few days ago the MPs had an opportunity to get thoroughly informed about the functioning of our SEC. Established informally in 2001 it was soon strengthened by a law precisely regulating its composition and work. Its eighteen members represent the Government, employers’ associations and trade unions and all decisions are to be made by consensus.

FIAT Factory (FCA) Stays in Kragujevac

25. September 2018  •    Further

FIAT The good news was accompanied by another one: until the end of this year the production of FIAT 500L will go on according to the plan and following the growing demand. The public learned about this from the President of CATUS company trade union organization, Zoran Markovic, who explained that he got this information in Belgrade, during a meeting with FIAT director Silvia Vernetti and her team. This way, he said, all speculations about FIAT leaving Serbia have come to an end

Teachers Strike by Shortening Lessons

21. September 2018  •    Further

TUS_logo President of Teachers Union (member of the CATUS), Valentina Ilic, announced a strike against the draft Law on job classification that would start on September 24. By this action the union wants to turn attention of state institutions and the public to the ever worsening position of teachers and loss of their professional dignity. The strike enjoys full support of the Confederation and its federations.

Persecution of Trade Union and
Its President in Zastava Weapons

17. September 2018  •    Further

Zastava weapons_logo In a communiqué published today, the trade union organization in Zastava Weapons complained it was constantly under pressure and periodically mistreated by the public authorities. “The attempts to discipline our activists and members go on”, say the unionists, “but it will not stop us from protesting against the current state of affairs, which is exclusively a result of the bad management of the factory”.

Serbia Needs a New Labour Law

14. September 2018  •    Further

Labour low “We learnt from the media that employers were writing a new Labour Law! It makes us think of gangsters who would be given a possibility to write a new Criminal Code”! This personal opinion circulated through social networks six years ago, when the country was preparing for a “modern labour legislation in line with the EU standards and IMF recommendations”. Unfortunately, in times where the bullying at work has become usual, this statement still tells a lot about the sad Serbian reality.

Minimum Wage to
Cover Minimum Consumer Basket?

10. September 2018  •    Further

president of CATUS and two ministers Social and Economic Council of Serbia accepted this proposal made by the CATUS and is willing to see it realized within three years. In order to make it possible, social partners agreed to allow faster increase of the minimum wage until it reaches the minimum basket value i.e. 36,000 dinars (305 euros).
This is a good step forward and it will have a positive effect on Serbian economy, think the unions, but at this moment they are more concerned about the result of negotiations for the next year minimum.

Belgrade: One More Deadly Accident at Work

3. September 2018  •    Further

Saša Torlaković Two weeks after the tragedy which occurred at one of Belgrade construction sites we still don’t know the truth about real causes of the accident. Worker that lost his life when a wall crushed down and buried him under thick layer of bricks and mortar is just one more example of negligence that killed 23 of his colleagues since the beginning of this year.

Teachers Ready for Strike

30. August 2018  •    Further

press conference On August 23, the Teachers’ Union of Serbia (member of the CATUS) made decision to participate in the rally which will be organized together with other representative unions in the sector at the end of this month. The unions got nervous as their talks with Minister of Education Sarcevic gave no palpable result.

CATUS against Discrimination of Workers in Serbia

28. August 2018  •    Further

CATUS- logo Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia thinks it is unacceptable to cancel penalty points for early retirement only for those with a shorter length of service and demands from the authorities to treat everybody equally. Law containing the provision on penalty points was passed some time ago and according to it all employees getting retired earlier than they are supposed to, will have their pensions reduced.

MIHAJLOVIĆ: Fight for Minimum Wage Begins

23. August 2018  •    Further

Zoran Mihajlovic At the time when GDP growth and unemployment drop are evident in Serbia, it is logical that trade unions expect the increase of minimum wage. CATUS analysts calculated that today's real minimum wage is lower than the one in 1906, meaning that today less products can be bought with it than a century ago. Therefore, it is good news that on August 27, at Social and Economic Council (SEC) session, the representatives of trade unions, Government and employers will start negotiations about minimum wage increase.

CATUS for Salary Increase in Public Sector

13. August 2018  •    Further

SSEC Serbian Social and Economic Council supports the abolition of the Law on Temporary Decrease of Salaries in Public Sector. Journalists heard about this during the press-conference which was attended by the Minister of Labour, Djordjevic, President of the Employers’ Union, Nenezic and President of the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia, Orbovic.

Minister Djordjevic: Through retraining to adequate workforce

8. August 2018  •    Further

Zoran Djordjevic In his latest statement, Minister of Labor and Employment Djordjevic said that his Ministry was analysing labour market in order to determine demand for professions and offer necessary retraining. Serbian Government, he added, had already noticed the lack of labour force in some sectors which could cause serious problems in the future and was decided to work actively in order to prevent it.
“We already have a shortage of workforce”, said Mr. Djordjevic “and are trying to retrain people and satisfy the demand.

New Arrangement with IMF

1. August 2018  •    Further

IMF The IMF approved of a new arrangement for Serbia called "houseleek" and for the time of its validity Serbia has obliged itself to a series of concrete goals which need to be reached by a certain time. This way Serbia obliged itself to a privatisation of PKB Corporation (agro-business company) and the deadline for a tender invite for that company is July this year.

Marković: New Agreement with FIAT Will Be Signed
No Reason to Worry

24. July 2018  •    Further

Dragan Marković President of the autonomous trade union organization in FIAT Chrysler Automobiles in Serbia, Zoran Marković, doesn't expect basic business guidelines to be changed because there is a new chief executive director at the head of FIAT Chrysler.
“It has been announced that FIAT Chrysler would stay in Serbia, meaning that a new agreement will be signed and there is no reason to be worried”, says Marković, after Michael Manley replaced Sergio Marchionne at the post of chief executive director.

Declaring Law on Temporary Regulation of Salary
in Public Sector Null and Void – Urgently

13. July 2018  •    Further

CATUS - logo Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia asked the Prime Minister to declare null and void the Law on temporary regulation of salary, i.e. wages and other steady income calculation and payment bases of public fund users.

“Sloboda” Cacak:
600 New Permanent Employment Contracts

11. July 2018  •    Further

Dragan Jekić Thanks to the company trade union organization 453 workers got permanent employment contracts in last three months. Another 142 workers will see their fixed time contracts transformed into permanent ones until October this year. Then, the total number of new permanent jobs will be 595.

Labour Legislation Enriched by New Laws

6. July 2018  •    Further

ilustration The laws have been adopted by the National Assembly and will come into force at the end of this week. The most important are those concerning:

  • seasonal jobs in some specific sectors (in agriculture, forestry and fishing). The law simplifies the employment and regulates payment of taxes and contributions.

Government Assures of Its Respect for Social Dialogue

4. July 2018  •    Further

SEC-logo The statement on tripartism was given at the press conference following the latest session of the Social and Economic Council (SEC). In the months to come the Council will allegedly participate in drafting the 2019 budget and a set of several important laws.
The reaction of social partners was immediate. Dusko Vukovic, CATUS Vice-President and SEC member, said that the Government statement was “encouraging”.

Kragujevac: Protest Rally of
Zastava Truck Factory Ex-Workers

29. June 2018  •    Further

ilustration The workers of the factory which, although not working for two years, still exists as a legal entity, protested in front of the company’s headquarters asking the payment of the remaining 5 to 10 wages, jubilee awards for service, and 2010 - 2016 contributions to Pension Fund. The average sum owed to each worker is around 500,000 dinars (4237 euros) and the court has already issued the verdict that they had to be paid.

Almost a Third of Privatization
Agreements Cancelled in Serbia

23. June 2018  •    Further

ilustration According to the data of the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia, published in ''White Book'', 2,419 enterprises were sold during the period 2002-2016 – 81 on tenders, 1,517 at auctions, 778 at the capital market, 41 through capital sales and two through selling of property. They employed 342,216 people, and the income obtained by selling the ex-public property amounted to 2,578 billion euros.

Growing Importance of Regional
Social and Economic Councils

15. June 2018  •    Further

SEC Krusevac CATUS President Orbovic participated in the first session of Economic and Social Council (SEC) held outside Belgrade, in Krusevac. Taking into consideration that local councils were already established in 19 Serbian cities, the social partners decided to do this more often.
The host of the meeting was the local council of Krusevac.

Health Sector: Consumer Basket Still Unattainable

8. June 2018  •    Further

TUHSCES-logo President of the Trade Union of Health and Social Care Employees of Serbia (affiliated to CATUS), Zoran Savic, has recently written a letter to Ministry of Health demanding an increase of wages in that sector. “The average wage”, he claims categorically “should correspond at least to the price of consumer basket”.

SERBIA ANNUAL REPORT 2017.

3. June 2018  •    Further

Annual report Fridrich Ebert Stiftung (Labor Relations and Social Dialogue) has just published the Annual Report for Serbia for 2017. In the text (download here: ANNUAL REPORT ) you can see the basic indicators of socio-economic development, industrial relations, collective bargaining, and the reasons for the crisis in that area, as well as forecasts of future directions of movement, with an abundance of statistical data.

Struggle in “Zastava” Weapon Factory Goes On

3. June 2018  •    Further

Logo - Zastava weapon Because of the management’s unwillingness to participate in social dialogue and fulfill at least some of their claims, the workers of Kragujevac factory “Zastava Oruzje” went on strike on May 23. The next day, the Strike Committee met with Minister Vulin and his staff in the premises of the Government, however, the talks ended up without a result. The news contributed to mounting tensions in the company, which has been the subject of public interest for a long time.

Pensioners Don’t Trust President Vucic

1. June 2018  •    Further

Gradimir Ivanic President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, announced the abolition of the Law on Temporary Decrease of Pensions adopted in December 2014 which should result in their increase of 10.4 to 13.3%. The decision was taken after long and intense protests of CATUS and its affiliate – Association of Pensioners’ Trade Unions of Serbia (APTUS) followed by a recommendation of the IMF. However, the unionists say they lost confidence in President and are not ready to trust him easily.

Pensioners Want Their Pensions Back!

21. May 2018  •    Further

Pensioners News on the IMF asking Serbian Government to increase pensions by bringing them back to their previous level appeared in the media and caused much turmoil in the public, especially because so far, Mr. Vucic has been stubbornly keeping silence on the issue. The elders who already lost hope that the anti-constitutional and shameful law on pension reduction, adopted at the end of 2014 for only a three-year period...

New Law on Strike:
What Workers Get, and What They Lose?

17. May 2018  •    Further

Slobodan Lalović In his interview to TV N1 Slobodan Lalović from the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia claimed that the Draft Law on Strike was better than the existing law while Slađana Kiković from TUC NEZAVISNOST said that trade union would not participate in a public debate because work group didn't take part in making the draft and didn’t believe that the text could be improved.

SOFIA: ORBOVIC MEETING BULGARIAN PRIME MINISTER

16. May 2018  •    Further

Orbovic in Sofia A day before the EU-Western Balkans Summit taking place in Sofia on Mаy 17, the CATUS President Orbovic – accompanied by colleagues Plamen, President of CITUB and Manolov, President of Potkrepa - had talks with Bulgarian Prime Minister, Borisov and Minister of Labour, Petkov.

CATUS AT BIG INTERNATIONAL TRADE UNION
CONFERENCE IN SOFIA

11. May 2018  •    Further

Workers of Kragujevac factory Zastava oružje The result of the conference “The Voice of Integration of the Western Balkans” held on May 9 in Sofia on the eve of the EU-Western Balkans Summit, was the adoption of a Declaration dealing with labour and social dimensions of the accession process. Proposed by the Regional Trade Union Council “Solidarnost” grouping together the most relevant trade unions from ex-Yugoslavia

BIG RALLY OF KRAGUJEVAC WEAPON FACTORY WORKERS

10. May 2018  •    Further

Workers of Kragujevac factory Zastava oružje Workers of Kragujevac factory "Zastava oružje" protested in Belgrade, dissatisfied because the Law on Arms and Military Equipment was adopted without considering their demand to exclude this company from privatization. They rallied in front of the Parliament building, where they submitted a letter for its President, Maja Gojković, in which they pointed out that they didn't agree with thе law.

COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT IN DELFI-NOVI SAD SIGNED

9. May 2018  •    Further

Delfi The agreement providing employees with rights exceeding those guaranteed by the Labour Law was signed by the company trade union organization affiliated to CATUS and the employers.
In the American company whose management comes from Poland there are 3,800 employees, out of who 2,500 are employed full time and the rest work with fixed-time contracts.

CATUS CELEBRATED ITS 115th ANNIVERSARY

30. April 2018  •    Further

CATUS manifestation This year, the central manifestation was organized in Kraljevo, in the presence of all CATUS Council members, presidents of regional TU councils and branch unions, winners of this year’s trade union awards, Minister of Labour Djordjevic and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Tele-Communications Ljajic, President of the Union of Employers (UES) Nenezic, City Mayor Terzic, directors of public and private enterprises, politicians, as well as representatives of different foundations and institutions.

WORKERS IN MAGNETTI MARELLI:
AGREEMENT OR STRIKE

26. April 2018  •    Further

Magnetti Marelli This year, the central manifestation was organized in Kraljevo, in the presence of all CATUS Council members, presidents of regional TU councils and branch unions, winners of this year’s trade union awards, Minister of Labour Djordjevic and Minister of Trade, Tourism and Tele-Communications Ljajic, President of the Union of Employers (UES) Nenezic, City Mayor Terzic, directors of public and private enterprises, politicians, as well as representatives of different foundations and institutions.

EMPLOYEES IN POSTS OF SERBIA
TO PROTEST AGAIN

25. April 2018  •    Further

Post of Serbia Yesterday unions affiliating almost all unionized workers in Posts of Serbia started a new wave of protests in front of the headquarters in Novi Sad, Belgrade (Zemun) and Nis. The reasons for this action are declining salaries and growing restrictions of labour rights. Workers were invited to gather every day from 6 to 11 p.m.

DGB DELEGATION VISITING CATUS

24. April 2018  •    Further

DGB delegation President of the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia, Ljubisav Orbović talked to the representatives of German Trade Union Confederation DGB, Marcus Schlimmbach, DGB President of Saxony and Bernd Gunther, Chairman of Education Committee of the Industry Chamber of the City of Leipzig.
During the talk the information on trade union activities in the two countries were exchanged. The importance of bilateral cooperation and support that DGB provided in trade union activities were pointed out, especially in establishing true social dialogue.

TRADE UNION ASKS FOR A NEW AGREEMENT WITH FIAT

6. April 2018  •    Further

Zoran Marković President of the Autonomous Trade Union of FIAT Chrysler company in Kragujevac, Zoran Marković, said that after a recent statement of the Prime Minister Ana Brnabić about the Italian company staying in Kragujevac, the employees were ready to demand a bigger involvement of the state. Namely, both trade union and the employees expect the Government of Serbia and FIAT to reach a new agreement as soon as possible, put it on paper and sign it.

FAILURE OF NEGOTIATIONS IN “ZASTAVA WEAPONS”

4. April 2018  •    Further

logo Negotiations held on Tuesday April 3, 2018 between trade union and management of the factory Zastava Weapons аre said to be finished without results. Workers and management of the factory haven't managed to agree on the unpaid part of bonus which belongs to the employees. Negotiations were carried out for several months involving the mediation of the Agency for peaceful settlement of labour disputes.

NEW PROTEST OF TRADE UNIONS
OF POST WORKERS OF SERBIA

31. March 2018  •    Further

Protest of post workers About a month ago in the country and foreign media, many articles were written about big protests of Post workers in Serbia. Since the problems they put on the agenda haven't been solved, workers were forced again to demand justice in the streets.
On March 29, 2018 in Belgrade a new massive protest was staged by the PTT Trade Union of Serbia, PTT Trade Union „Nezavisnost“, Autonomous Trade Union of Post Workers and Trade Union „Solidarnost“...

GOVERNMENT TO KEEP HANDS OFF
PENSIONERS’ PROPERTY!

26. March 2018  •    Further

Mihajlo Radović In its latest statement the Association of Pensioners’ Trade Unions of Serbia (APTUS) says it would submit a legal suite in order to see the money, which the Government owed to pensioners whose pensions were brutally mutilated, paid to their children and grandchildren. Only last year more than 80,000 pensioners died and it would be highly unjust to deprive their descendants of something which undoubtedly belongs to them.

CATUS ON THE NEWEST GOVERNMENT CAMPAIGNS

20. March 2018  •    Further

CATUS logo At the recent press conference President Orbović presented CATUS position on the two newest campaigns of Serbian Government. He pointed out that CATUS Council supported Government's intention to build apartments at favourable prices for the staff of the Ministry of Interior, but added that the state would have to treat all employees equally and enable them to find a place to live under the same conditions.

UNTAXED PART OF SALARY
GOING INTO BOSSES' POCKETS

8. March 2018  •    Further

ilustration Since the beginning of the year the amount of untaxed part of salary has increased, meaning that upon calculating January salary it equalled 15,000 RSD (127EUR) instead of earlier 11,790 RSD (100 EUR). Many employees hoped that this year's first salary might be higher because of such a cost reduction. However, disregarding those on a minimum wage, employees' January income wasn't higher, and even if it was, the increase was almost impercetible.

BETTER PROTECTION OF RIGHTS OF
70,000 EMPLOYEES IN PUBLIC UTILITIES

2. March 2018  •    Further

Zorana Mihajlovic Today Vice-President and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlović signed a branch collective agreement which will provide the protection of rights of 70,000 employees in public utilities. This branch collective agreement will be valid till 2021 and was signed by two representative trade union organizations, one member of CATUS and the other of TUC NEZAVISNOST. Mihajlović thanked unions for their partnership and pointed out that Government's goal was to make public utility companies more efficient and sustainable.

ONE-DAY TRAINING FOR SECONDARY
SCHOOL STUDENTS IN CATUS

1. March 2018  •    Further

STUDENTS IN CATUS Being loyal to the idea that sympathy for trade unions should be developed since youth, Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia has recently hosted students from Correspondence law school from Zemun, who got familiar with the work, history and activities of the biggest trade union confederation in Serbia during this one-day training.

BETTER DAYS FOR METAL INDUSTRY OF NOVI SAD

26.February 2018  •    Further

ilustration Demand for metal workers in Novi Sad is steadily growing, especially after the opening of the shop floors of companies "Delfi" and "Lear". In these companies more than 4,000 metal workers have been employed so far, and the good news is that a part of employees from old Novi Sad companies kept their jobs.

FISCAL COUNCIL SUPPORTING PENSIONERS’ CLAIMS

12.February 2018  •    Further

Fiscal Council The Fiscal Council of the Republic of Serbia has recently issued a statement whereby it indirectly suggested to the Government to review its decision of 2015 on the 20% decrease of pensions exceeding 40,000 dinars (250 euros). The Council found no economic reason to justify the stay in force of the decree and hinted at big losses the budget might suffer in case the ECHR verdict is in favour of pensioners.

NEW PROTEST IN ARMAMENTS INDUSTRY

9.February 2018  •    Further

workers march through city Workers of “Zastava-Oruzje” organized a march through the city of Kragujevac and delivered a list of their claims to Mayor Nikolic asking for his support in preventing the company’s collapse. A business report illustrating the crisis through which the company has been passing was also enclosed. The workers count on the fact that City still owns a part of company’s shares and might be ready to assist in the application of a “shock-therapy”, which according to them is the only way to make production and work places survive.

EDUCATION: VALIDITY OF THE CURRENT
AGREEMENT TO BE PROLONGED?

7.February 2018  •    Further

ilustration - classroom Three out of four major teachers’ unions agreed with the Ministry’s proposal to have the validity of collective agreement for elementary and secondary schools prolonged for a year. The Union of Employees in Education (USPRS) was the only one against it. President of the Teachers’ Union of Serbia (a member of CATUS), Valentina Ilic, is convinced that the unions agreeing to the proposal are right and gives the example of trade unions in health service and culture which also accepted the proposed prolongations.

PENSIONERS: 40,000 CLAIM FORMS READY FOR STRASBOURG

29.January 2018  •    Further

ilustration More than 40,000 Serbian pensioners already sent claim forms to Pension and Disability Insurance Fund with a request to see their losses compensated. They were caused by the Government’s decision to illegally diminish by 20% pensions exceeding 25,000 dinars (approximately 200 euros). If the compensation is not paid, they are ready to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

HEALTH SECTOR: FULL SALARIES FOR STAFF
AFFECTED BY CONTAGIOUS DISEASES

25.January 2018  •    Further

Trade union im Health-logo Trade Union of Employees in Health and Social Care asked the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour and the Parliament to amend the Labour Law and Law on Health Insurance, and stipulate the payment of full salaries to medical staff getting ill during the epidemics of contagious diseases. The salaries should be calculated starting from the last twelve-month average.

GOVERNMENT WILL KEEP CONTROL
OVER WEAPON INDUSTRY

23.January 2018  •    Further

Weapon production factory At a meeting of Government officials and trade union representatives of six Serbian weapon production factories, held in the Ministry of Defense, it was agreed that the key matters such as ownership model and status of employees are to be defined by the amendments to the Law on Production and Trade of Weapons and Military Equipment. According to the agreement the Government is to keep 51% of factories’ shares and not a single worker is to be dismissed.

CATUS: LABOUR LAW TO BE AMENDED

16.January 2018  •    Further

CATUS logo The Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia reported it sent a letter to Serbian Government with proposals to have the Labour Law amended. The amending, according to CATUS, should help revive branch collective agreements in industrial sector and stop the growing exploitation of workers. If the Article 257 of the Law remains as it is, the branch collective agreements shall gradually disappear because of the inability of employers' associations to reach the census legitimizing them as social partners.

TWO YEARS OF WORKERS' JOINT-STOCK
COMPANY “ARMATURE”

12.January 2018  •    Further

Armature AD At the anniversary of “Armature” AD in Aleksandrovac, President of the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia, Orbovic visited this company which represents a rare example of successful privatisation in our country. Namely, it was acquired by the consortium of its own workers, the help of CATUS at that occasion being of utmost importance.

PRODUCTION RESTARTED AT FIAT-CHRYSLER

11.January 2018  •    Further

FIAT-CHRYSLER This happened yesterday after the end of collective winter holiday which began on December 12. The restart involved mostly the production of model FIAT 500L. President of FCA company trade union, Zoran Marković said that employees worked in two shifts producing around 200 cars a day. FCA currently employs 2,400 workers.

WORKERS DON'T WANT TYCOONS
IN WEAPON FACTORIES

22.December 2017  •    Further

ilustration Trade unions of employees in weapon industry jointly condemned the way the Ministry of Defence introduced the Law on Production and Trade in Weapons and Military Equipment into parliamentary procedure. According to them, an act which could decisively determine the future of one of the most profitable industrial branches in Serbia should be the result of a broad social dialogue.

MORE INEQUALITY IN SERBIA THAN IN EU

18.December 2017  •    Further

ilustration Income inequality in Serbia is much bigger than in any other EU member state – this was a conclusion drawn at the end of a conference which took place in Belgrade and was organized by the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia and TUC NEZAVISNOST in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

DON'T SELL SPAS, BUT INVEST IN THEM!

10.December 2017  •    Further

CATUS debate held Serbia still hasn't got a long-term plan for the future of 25 specialized hospitals in domestic spa centers that Serbia was once famous for. Also, there is a lack of money for much needed investments. This isn't sustainable in the long-run, and privatizing sanatoriums by all means isn't a good solution, it was said at the debate held in the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia and organized by its Association of Pensioners.

NEW SUCCESS OF TRADE UNION OF CULTURE

8.December 2017  •    Further

press conference After the Government gave firm guarantees that salaries of workers in culture would be increased, the Presidency of Autonomous Trade Union of Culture (affiliated to the CATUS) decided to cancel both its public session and general strike planned for December 5 and 6.

GOVERNMENT PUSHES TEACHERS INTO STRIKE

6.December 2017  •    Further

ilustration Encouraged by the fact that 2018 bonuses are envisaged for certain budget beneficiaries, Presidents of the Teachers' Trade Union of Serbia, Teachers' Branch Union ''NEZAVISNOST'' and Trade Union of Employees in Education of Serbia asked for an urgent meeting with President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vučić.

LABOUR INSPECTION IN POST OF SERBIA

1.December 2017  •    Further

INSPECTION in PTT The intervention, aimed at determining whether 47 workers who took part in recent protests were suspended in accordance with the law, is the response to the demand made by the CATUS. It’s true that in order to express discontent with their social status and attitude of the General Manager workers gathered in front of the company building, but they did it outside of normal working hours.

STRIKE IN POST OF SERBIA GOES ON

24.November 2017  •    Further

Protest in Post of Serbia Yesterday there were new pressures on the employees of the “Post of Serbia” not to strike, while the members of the Strike Committee were prohibited from entering branch offices. Trade union came into possession of an intern e-mail which was sent to sub-managers' addresses and which makes clear that five out of eight members of the Strike Committee were prohibited from entering the premises.

POST OF SERBIA: SUSPENSION OF WORKERS
MAKES TENSION GROW

21.November 2017  •    Further

Protest in Post of Serbia During two weeks a part of employees who work in J.P. Poste Srbije (Post of Serbia - Public Enterprise) who are members of our Confederation, have been protesting in front of company buildings in Belgrade and Novi Sad where the reception and distribution of postal items are carried out. The number of participants has varied from a few dozen to a few hundred but the protest action was going on continuously for days and nights.

BELGRADE PUBLIC UTILITIES: PROBLEM OF
PRECARIOUS WORKERS WILL BE SOLVED?

20.November 2017  •    Further

Social and Economic Council At the meeting with the representatives of the biggest trade unions of public utilities in Belgrade and directors of those companies Mayor of Belgrade, Siniša Mali, said that city authorities would improve the status of employees who had been engaged on temporary and seasonal jobs or for a definite period of time - five, ten years or longer.

NO TRADE UNION SUPPORT FOR
DRAFT LAW ON PUBLIC EMPLOYEES

17.November 2017  •    Further

Social and Economic Council At the last session of Social and Economic Council two representative trade unions were against it and refused to give their consent. Nevertheless, the Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, Ruzic, said the draft would be put to vote, first to the Government and later on to Parliament. Commenting the result of negotiations, CATUS President Orbovic explained that the proposed document enjoyed support of majority of federations

EMPLOYERS MUST PAY UNPAID SALARIES

12.November 2017  •    Further

Vladimir Gvozdenović The association of workers-victims of dismissals in bankrupt companies- “Solidarnost”, together with CATUS City Trade Union Council of Novi Sad have initiated the creation of a list of such employees on its territory in order to defend their rights in bankruptcy cases.

POSTAL WORKERS RAN OUT OF PATIENCE

8.November 2017  •    Further

Postal workers In order to get their salaries increased and have their labour and social rights respected, the Autonomous Union of Postal Workers decided to go on strike and organise street protests in the centres of Belgrade and Novi Sad.
For a long time the Union has been trying to turn the attention of the public to the problem of management which has been appointed mostly due to their personal ties or party connections. They took the job of those working successfully in the Post for years, but who had to leave or were marginalised.

KRAGUJEVAC: TRADE UNION IN ARMS
FACTORY AGAINST PRIVATISATION

6.November 2017  •    Further

Arms factory workers Working class of the biggest industrial center of Central Serbia has given another proof of its developed class-consciousness. Employees in the factory which celebrated its 164th anniversary have decided to stand up for their rights and oppose the privatisation planned by General Manager Brzakovic. Unionists are convinced that management is intentionally devastating the factory in order to sell it at the cheapest possible price.

WHISTLE-BLOWER DISMISSED

2.November 2017  •    Further

Uzbunjivač The seriousness of the case is confirmed by the fact that the dismissed worker is President of the CATUS trade union organisation in Raca municipality. The only infraction colleague Veljkovic committed was the disclosure of machinations that took place during the privatisation of the company Zastava Elektro and his brave decision to go to police and report it.

ORBOVIC: GOVERNMENT TO STOP
UNJUST TREATMENT OF PENSIONERS

30. October 2017  •    Further

Ljubisav Orbovic Not long ago the CATUS President Orbovic appealed to Prime Minister Ana Brnabic reminding her that the amendments to the Law on Pension and Disability Insurance, adopted in 2014, considerably worsened pensioners’ status, especially the article 70a stipulating that those going into early-retirement should see their pensions diminished by 0.34 % for every month up to 65 years of age (regular retirement age).

INTERESTING PROPOSAL OF CATUS
LOCAL COUNCIL OF JAGODINA

16. October 2017  •    Further

Local Council The Local Council of that city situated in Central Serbia suggested that CATUS should create its own trade union consumer basket whose structure and size would correspond to real living needs of the population. It was necessary to make trade union basket because the official ones, both the minimum and the average, were inadequate and didn’t provide Serbian workers with decent and healthy living conditions, agreed the members of the Local Council at one of their sessions.

CATUS: ALLEGED MISUSE OF SICK LEAVES AS
PART OF ANTI-WORKER CAMPAIGN

12. October 2017  •    Further

Duško Vuković Latest Government’s announcement declaring its readiness to control workers on sick-leaves more efficiently is in line with the employers’ complaints against “the misuse” of that right and represents a warning to employees not to get sick, said Dusko Vukovic, CATUS Vice-President. With such claims, he insisted, the employers were trying to justify the putting of additional burden on employees’ back and earn extra-profit.

IT IS HIGH TIME TRADE UNIONS
CHANGED THEIR STRATEGY

9. October 2017  •    Further

strategy Latest strikes in FIAT (Kragujevac) and GOSA (Smederevska Palanka) clearly showed that employers in Serbia don't have to respect our national labour legislation. That's why trade unions need to change their strategy, be more active and fully use the media and CSOs if they want to convince the public that workers in Serbia no longer want to be cheap labour force. This is what Duško Vuković, CATUS Vice-President, said at the debate organized by the CATUS, TUC NEZAVISNOST and Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

“OCTOBER 14”ACQUIRED BY CZECH “TATRA”

5. October 2017  •    Further

Milenko Mihajlovic The Czechs were the only ones to compete for the acquisition of Serbian giant “October 14” (producing dozers, loaders, excavators etc.) and will finally manage to incorporate it into “Czechoslovak Group”, which gathers several big companies such as “TATRA Trucks”, “TATRA Military Vehicles”, “Avia”, “Daco” etc. Since the amount they offered (485, 031, 896 dinars i.e. 4 million euros) was only 10% of its estimated value, the consent of the Board of Creditors was also needed.

“SERBIAN GLASS FACTORY” WENT BANKRUPT

2. October 2017  •    Further

ilustration The decision was taken by the Economic Court in Kragujevac but since a sufficient number of workers with fixed-term contracts have been employed, the production will go on. Factory has 825 workers and its bank account has been blocked since November 2016. The Court’s President has justified the decision with a delay the company made regarding the fulfilling of its financial obligations (exceeding 45 days stipulated by the law).

SMEDEREVO: TERMINATION OF STRIKE IN GOSA

25. September 2017  •    Further

ilustration The five months long strike in wagon-factory GOSA in Smederevo was formally terminated after an agreement was signed by trade unions and the employer, in presence of representatives of The National Agency for Peaceful Solution of Labour Conflicts. After approving the agreement draft, workers went back to work, ready to restart production and fulfill their obligations towards the customers.

SERBIAN PENSIONERS EXPECT PENSION INCREASE

20. September 2017  •    Further

Pensioners Almost 750.000 pensioners whose pensions were decreased expect the increase of their pensions on November 1, 2014. According to their expectations the new amounts should come not later than January next year. The problem is that when the law was adopted, that date was mentioned only “orally” and is not to be found in the official text.

NEW MINIMUM WAGE THROUGH CONSENSUS

14. September 2017  •    Further

Social-Economic Council Social-Economic Council made a decision to increase minimum wage for 2018 by 10%. Excluding taxes and contributions it will amount to 143RSD/hour.
Social partners agreed there was a need to increase minimum wage, and the amount was agreed thanks to respecting all parties' arguments, joint proposal of the CATUS and TUC NEZAVISNOST - 154RSD (1.28EUR) and the proposal of Serbian Employers' Association, i.e. the Government, - 140RSD (around 1.17EUR).

CATUS BOOK PRESENTED

8. September 2017  •    Further

Book presentation „Book of the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia“, whose aim to contribute to the creation of better Serbia and offer solutions which are more favourable for the workers and pensioners, was presented today in the CATUS premises.
“All recommendations, requirements and solutions that the biggest trade union confederation in Serbia urged for in the previous period are published in our trade union book hoping that all trade union capacities would get actively involved in the discussion, take an overall account of the existing problems..."

TRADE UNION ORGANIZATION ESTABLISHED
IN “DELFI-NOVI SAD”

6. September 2017  •    Further

DELFI Novi Sad On the shop floor of British company 'Delfi' which produces electrical installations for automobile industry, a trade union organization including already 300 members has recently started working. This is the result of great efforts invested by the CATUS, City Council of Novi Sad and our foreign trade union friends from IndustriAll and British TUC. President of the newly established trade union organization, Nevena Vukadinović, who works in production, says that many of 2,500 workers...

BATTLE TO INCREASE MINIMUM WAGE

4. September 2017  •    Further

Ana Brnabić Representative trade unions are asking for the increase of minimum wage from 130 RSD (1,08 EUR) to 154 RSD (1,28 EUR) per hour while the Union of Employers offers the increase of only 8% i.e. around 140RSD (1,16 EUR), announced CATUS General Secretary Zoran Mihajlović. He also said that the employers’ offer was supported by Serbian Government.

WORKERS OF GOSA WAGON FACTORY
ANNOUNCE RALLY IN BELGRADE

19. August 2017  •    Further

space in front of the Government building The place for Belgrade rally was chosen well - the space in front of the Government building, in the very centre of the city. This protest is just one more sign of discontent growing among Serbian metalworkers. Strike in FIAT was only the beginning, than labour conflicts exploded in “Gorenje”, “Namenska” and some other big companies. Compared with them, the struggle in “Gosa” has a rather long history.

SERBIAN MINIMUM WAGE LOWEST IN EUROPE

16. August 2017  •    Further

CATUS logo For many years minimum wage in Serbia was very low, affecting negatively workers’ living standard and their social status. It pushed many of them into poverty and contributed to mass exodus of the youth, which created shortage of highly educated workers. However, neither the fact that many workers cannot satisfy their basic need, nor the obvious decrease of both aggregate demand and budget revenues convinced employers of the need to raise it.

UNIONS DON'T WANT NEW LABOUR LAW

8. August 2017  •    Further

Duško Vuković Most of CATUS federations are dissatisfied with the first draft of Law on Employees in Public sector and are preparing themselves for a long and fierce battle. Even the continuation of talks with Ministries and the Government has come into question, while the Autonomous Union of Workers in Culture already left the negotiation table.

STRIKE IN GOŠA CONTINUES

1. August 2017  •    Further

Goša Several days ago, workers of Goša factory parked their forklift trucks in front of the entrance to the management building in Smederevska Palanka in order to stop directors from getting into it. After the state had promised to pay the debt of 512 million dinars for pension insurance, workers didn't manage to reach an agreement with the Director, Milutin Šćepanović, about the payment of remaining salaries.

25 EURO INCREASE FOR FIAT WORKERS

26. July 2017  •    Further

Serbian Dinar The agreement between FIAT management and workers was signed in the Government of Serbia, which marks the official end of strike involving 95% of 2,500 workers in Kragujevac factory. Workers asked for a gross increase of the basic salary amount from 38,000RSD (317euros) to 50,000RSD (417 euros), but received 9.54% increase. This is a gross increase of around 4,000RSD (33 euros) net.

SIGNING AGREEMENT WITH FIAT – TODAY

25. July 2017  •    Further

FIAT Today FIAT management and representatives of the Autonomous Trade Union will sign the agreement in the premises of the Government of Serbia, which will mark a formal agreement on the continuation of work in the company. According to the statement given by the Government of Serbia, Prime Minister, Ana Brnabić and Minister of Economy, Goran Knežević will be present at the signing of agreement. After the signing, the results of negotiations will be presented to the public. FIAT workers were on strike from June 27 till July 18.

FIAT MANAGEMENT OFFERS 9.54% PAY RISE

24. July 2017  •    Further

FIAT FIAT management took into account workers’ demands and offered 9.54% pay rise, as reported by the Radio Television of Serbia.
The offer submitted to workers’ representatives states that salaries will be raised by 9.54%, which means that gross basic amount will be increased from 38,500RSD (around 320 euros) to 42,000RSD (350 euros).

FIRST ROUND OF NEGOTIATIONS - FINISHED

20. July 2017  •    Further

FIRST ROUND OF NEGOTIATIONS Yesterday's meeting including Serbian Government representatives, management of FIAT Chrysler Automobiles Serbia and employees in Kragujevac factory is finished, and today its continuation is expected.
Serbian Government was represented by the Prime Minister, Ana Brnabić, Minister of Economy, Goran Knežević and Labour Minister, Zoran Đorđević.

NO MORE STRIKE IN FIAT

19. July 2017  •    Further

Press conference Last night Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabić made an agreement with FIAT workers in Kragujevac about the interruption of strike and start of negotiations.
At the meeting held in the City Hall of Kragujevac, where also CATUS President Ljubisav Orbovic took part, it was agreed that negotiations with the employer would start that day at noon.

STRIKE IN FIAT STILL GOES ON

18. July 2017  •    Further

FIAT Serbia Yesterday at the press conference, Zoran Markovic, President of CATUS company trade union and President of Strike Committee announced that the strike would continue. At the same time he invited entire work force of Serbia to come to Kragujevac on Wednesday at 11 a.m. and participate in a big protest in front of the Town Hall. According to Markovic, after yesterday's poll workers in both shifts voted for the continuation of strike. In the first shift the decision was voted by 97% of workers and in the second by 98%.

KRAGUJEVAC, SERBIA:
BIGGEST STRIKE IN FIAT RECENT HISTORY

12. July 2017  •    Further

FIAT Serbia FIAT Serbia has definitely got into a turmoil as one of the biggest strikes in company’s recent history has been going on for more than two weeks. For sixteen days in a row 2500 workers in the biggest car factory in Serbia have been resisting employer’s indifference and Government’s attempts to bring them back to work.

HUNGER STRIKE IN GOŠA WAGON FACTORY

6. July 2017  •    Further

GOŠA Serbia Radicalising their protest the workers of Goša factory in Smederevska Palanka blocked for three hours the railway crossing on Belgrade-Niš highway, stopped traffic on regional road Smederevska Palanka-Topola and announced hunger strike.

GENERAL STRIKE IN FIAT SERBIA

1. July 2017  •    Further

FIAT Serbia President of CATUS company trade union in FIAT Serbia in Kragujevac, Zoran Markovic, sent a letter to Human Resources manager Roberto Anselmo informing him about the beginning of the general strike, that should last until an agreement with the management has been signed, and main workers’ claims fulfilled.

DUAL EDUCATION AS NEW FORM OF
FORCED CHILD LABOUR

22. June 2017  •    Further

dual education New Law on Dual Education stipulates that students in technical colleges shall spend from one to three days (depending on the class they go to) practicing their future profession. However, there is a difference between our and German law, as our kids will sign no contract with the company they work for. Knowing the mentality of our employers and having the Government which always favours their interests, our trade unions are rather skeptical about some aspects of the new document and ask from its authors further clarifications.

TORINO PROCESS DRIVING SKILLS AND
SOCIAL DIALOGUE IN SERBIA

20. June 2017  •    Further

Rade Erceg In Serbia, preparatory work for a national qualifications framework (NQF) is approaching its conclusion: a new NQF law should be ready for parliamentary approval by September.
Torino Process Coordinator Rade Erceg, a vocational teacher at an engineering school near Belgrade, is excited.
“I am proud that we are so close to the NQF and the development of a new dual (education) system that is closer to the needs of the economy.”

CELEBRATION IN SERBIAN POST
ONLY FOR THE RICH

12. June 2017  •    Further

postman Never in recent history has the Post Day celebration been accompanied by lower salaries and worse working conditions than this year. Until 2012, postal workers were paid about 10 % more than other Serbian workers, while today they get 10 % less. Behaviour of the management is highly unjust as the profit growth, giving space to substantial increase of the salaries, was followed by their new 5 % decrease.

EMPLOYEES IN CULTURE EMBITTERED
BY NEW LAW ON SALARIES

7. June 2017  •    Further

Dragana Đorđević Union of Employees in Culture decided to quit negotiations, thoroughly disappointed by the Government’s proposal of Law on Salaries in Public Sector. It is true that the proposal has not been adopted yet, that it is still being analysed and amended, but it has already caused a great discontent among the workers in the sector – mostly because some of its parts contradict Serbian Labour Law.

CATUS QUIT NEGOTIATIONS
BECAUSE OF PENALTY POINTS ISSUE

5. June 2017  •    Further

Zoran Mihajlovic Protesting against the fact that the abolishment of penalty points for people going into pension before 65 (after fully completing their years of service) was not on the agenda of the working group for the new Law on Pension and Disability Insurance, the CATUS representative has abruptly left the last group’s session.

PRESIDENT VUCIC SUGGESTS
THE INCREASE OF MINIMUM WAGE

2. June 2017  •    Further

Aleksandar Vucic While being at the post of Prime Minister Mr. Vucic did not show much sympathy for minimum wage increases, the Government usually accepting the employers’ arguments. Therefore, his last idea to increase it up to 140 dinars (1.14EUR) per hour has caused a considerable astonishment among workers and public in general.

AGENCY WORK:
HOW TO PREVENT A NEW FORM OF SLAVERY

27. May 2017  •    Further

ilustration Although the first employment agencies were established in Serbia only a few years ago, that kind of work has always been popular among our employers. The exact number of agency workers is hard to verify, however it is estimated they are not less than 50,000 (the unions speaking about 100.000, spread over all sectors of economy).

NO FUTURE WITHOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY

26. May 2017  •    Further

round table On May 25 a round table entitled "Towards More Efficient Employment Policy" was held within Social Dialogue Forum and organized by the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia and TUC NEZAVISNOST, with the support of Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
Participants pointed out to the importance of connecting the economic reform program with the employment and social policy reform in Serbia.

ADOPTION OF NEW LAWS DEVALUES LABOUR LAW

18. May 2017  •    Further

CATUS Logo Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions is deeply dissatisfied with the amendments to the Labour Law. In the letter sent to the Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, CATUS President Ljubisav Orbović warns about the ''deconstruction'' of labour legislation, which started by the adoption of the law regulating salaries in the public sector and was intensified by the preparation of the law on employees in public services whose last version was made on May 11, 2017.

WORK GROUP FOR AMENDING LABOUR LAW

8. May 2017  •    Further

pensioners Good news for Serbian pensioners: Ministry of Labour announced the creation of a work group responsible for preparing amendments to the Law on Pension and Disability Insurance. The CATUS decided to be represented therein by its Secretary General, Zoran Mihajlovic.

CATUS ACTIVE SUPPORT FOR
ETUC PAY-RISE CAMPAIGN

5. May 2017  •    Further

Goran Milić On behalf of CATUS, President of Vojvodina Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions Goran Milic has supported the ETUC campaign for pay rise announcing our own claim for higher salaries and pensions. At the same time, he warned that in Serbia there was another, even higher priority – make it possible for workers to get their wages.

MAY 1: SERBIAN WORKERS WANT A BETTER LIFE!

3. May 2017  •    Further

1.May This was one of the messages sent to the public from the rally jointly organised on May 1 by CATUS and TUC Nezavisnost in front of CATUS premises, at Pasic square, in the very centre of Belgrade. More than 5,000 members of these two organisations, pensioners, members of other trade unions and NGOs, as well as many citizens gathered at the city’s central square to put out the claims paradoxically very similar to those articulated by American workers in Chicago 1886, more than a hundred years ago.

PENSIONERS' TRADE UNION
AGAINST PENALTY POINTS

21. April 2017  •    Further

USPS In its statement to the press the Association of Pensioners' Trade Unions of Serbia strongly opposes penalty points upon the retirement of citizens who are not 65 (men) or 61.5 years old (women), but have a full length of service (40 years for both men and women). Such practice caused great dissatisfaction among pensioners and citizens who see this as a new attack on the world of labour.

JAIL FOR UNSCRUPULOUS EMPLOYERS?

20. April 2017  •    Further

Stamenković If there were a different legislation in Serbia, at least thirty per cent of our employers would end up in prison for not paying contributions to social insurance funds. This is what some of the eminent experts say, although the official statistic data are still lacking.

ENTERTAINERS’ UNION READY TO SIGN
NEW COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT

19. April 2017  •    Further

ilustration Decision to approve the signing of collective agreement for entertainers was taken at the last session of Social and Economic Council. For many years this CATUS affiliate has been asking for it, but resistance of employers was too strong and led to breakdown of the negotiation process.

IS THERE A FUTURE FOR SMEDEREVO WAGON FACTORY?

11. April 2017  •    Further

Ljubisav Orbovic Commenting on the current situation in Smederevo wagon-factory “GOSA”, president of the CATUS Orbovic said that unions had to raise their voice earlier and not wait for problems to be solved “from above”. “If workers don’t get their salaries two or three months and nothing is done, then it becomes harder to find the way out”, he added. According to him, the only solution in such situations is a strike.

CONFERENCE "STRONG SOCIAL DIALOGUE AND SOCIAL
PARTNERS: AN ADDED VALUE FOR PROGRESS“

10. April 2017  •    Further

Conference A strong message from the meeting:You can not join the EU if you do not respect workers' rights
In Belgrade on April 5-7, 2017 Conference "Strong Social Dialogue and Social Partners: an Added Value for Progress" was organized by the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia (CATUS) and European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). Besides two representative trade union confederations (CATUS and TUC NEZAVISNOST), participants of the Conference were trade union representatives from Austria (ÖGB), Belgium (FGTB and CGSLB)...

TEACHERS PUSHING FOR MORE JUSTICE

6. April 2017  •    Further

Teachers union Acting in accordance with the petition signed by many employees in education, three representative trade unions in the sector – Teachers’ Union of Serbia, Trade Union of Employees in Education and GSPRS Nezavisnost – organised a series of activities meant at improving the status of non-teacher staff having secondary school diplomas, whose salaries are under the minimum prescribed by the law.

DECLINE OF SERBIAN TEXTILE INDUSTRY

30. March 2017  •    Further

seamstress Once upon a time, the area of Novi Sad (capital of Vojvodina Autonomous Province) was well known for its textile products. Even today, citizens of ex-Yugoslavia remember the names of then famous factories “Novitet”, NIT, “Niva” and “Fruska gora”, employing almost 5000 workers at the time. Unfortunately, from 1990 to 2010 this number sank to 1000 and it is nowadays only 500!

"GOSA" SMEDEREVO: WORKER COMMITTED SUICIDE

29. March 2017  •    Further

Goša Our colleague Dragan Mladenovic committed suicide at work place in “GOSA” wagon-factory, where he had worked for 35 years. His death is only a top of an iceberg hiding truth about hard lives of 375 workers who although regularly doing their job, see their wages paid only once in a while. It is obvious that the law was breached, as Slovakia-based company “ZOS Trnava”, which acquired “GOSA” in 2007, has long not been complying with its obligations towards employees and the State.

IS SOCIAL DIALOGUE "SWEET POISON"?

20. March 2017  •    Further

Tripartism in the State's Shadow President of the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia Ljubisav Orbović sees social dialogue as “a sweet poison'' which making you believe you are close to the agreement, leaves you empty-handed. “We have a situation where collective agreement is signed and then soon cancelled by the employers' association. Is it a model we strive for? Will it lead us to the EU? Does fraudulent behaviour – “today we sign the agreement, tomorrow we cancel it” – resemble social dialogue?

CATUS ANNOUCEMENT FOR MEDIA
ON PAY RISE CAMPAIGN

7. March 2017  •    Further

CATUS logo “Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia considers that the success achieved by the Government of Serbia in the past two, three years produced a solid basis for a significant increase of salaries in the Republic.
Тhe implementation of fiscal consolidation measures, which is primarily reflected in a considerable reduction of budget deficit, reduction of unemployment rate, increase of employment rate and many other positive results, justifies our claim for the increase of...

TRAGIC OUTCOME :
29 WORKERS DIED AT WORK IN 2017

7. March 2017  •    Further

TRAGIC OUTCOME Fatal injuries at work most often happen in construction, and that's more than 50%, said the Chief of Labour Inspectorate in the Ministry of Labour, Maja Ilić. She reminded that in order to prevent injuries at work the Labour Inspection performed 900 controls in 2016, out of which 29 were fatal, 774 serious, while more than 62 criminal charges were pressed against unscrupulous employers.

GOVERNMENT TO PAY CONTRIBUTIONS
INSTEAD OF EMPLOYERS

6. March 2017  •    Further

CONTRIBUTIONS Having decided to give one more possibility to workers to whom the employers didn’t pay contributions, the Government let the former postpone their consent until the end of this year. The decision was motivated by the fact that so far very few workers have accepted the deal - although last year they were repeatedly warned that no new postponement was to be expected.

HESTEEL IN SERBIA: MORE INVESTMENTS AND JOBS

27. February 2017  •    Further

HESTEEL Serbia Manager of Chinese-owned HESTEEL steelworks which is based in Smederevo confirmed his company’s intention to invest 120 million dollars this year in modernisation of production and creation of new jobs. He rejected accusation of dumping, a result of European Commission anti-dumping investigation, and claimed the steelworks would sell only Serbian, not Chinese products.

TRADE UNIONS IN PRIVATE ENTERPRISES -
EXCEPTION NOT A RULE

24. February 2017  •    Further

private enterprisse According to unionists and experts, trade union organisations in private enterprises are more of an exception than a rule, and the cause of that practice is high unemployment rate and fear of losing job.
Laws envisage trade unions in companies, but the right to organise them remains only on paper and is practiced mostly by employees in public sector.

LAW SHOULD NOT PUNISH PENSIONERS

22. February 2017  •    Further

Dusko Vukovic CATUS efforts aimed at abolishing the legal “punishment” of those becoming pensioners before reaching the official pension age (65 for men and 60 for women), but having completed the full age of service (40 years for men and 35 years for women), have been warmly welcomed by the public. The claim was put at the agenda of the Social and Economic Council, but it seems that negotiations are all but easy and to predict when CATUS amendments to the Law...

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SOCIAL JUSTICE
CELEBRATED IN SERBIA

14. February 2017  •    Further

International day On the occasion of the International Day of Social Justice Serbian unions issued a statement saying that in our country social justice is present only in legal acts while in reality there are only the ever growing economic and social differences. Mechanisms aimed at reducing them must exist but what lacks is a political will, they say.

DIFFICULT POSITION OF EMPLOYEES WITH
CONTRACTS FOR TEMPORARY AND OCCASIONAL JOBS

14. February 2017  •    Further

Employees in public sector For the past years the position of employees in the public sector has been made more difficult by the practice of prolonging the validity of contracts for temporary and occasional jobs ad infinitum. In neoliberal Serbia that type of contract proved to be the best way of hiring new workers where they are needed.

MORE THAN 200,000 REDUNDANT ELDERS

3. February 2017  •    Further

Redundant Elders In Serbia, people who are more than fifty years old and happen to lose their job mostly have trouble to find a new one, say the analysts. The worst is, they add, that the definition of the “elder” increasingly covers even those who are far under fifty.

SERBIAN BOSSES DON'T COUNT OVERTIME WORK

30. January 2017  •    Further

Zoran Mihajlović Employers in Serbia increasingly keep workers at work place longer than eight hours. During last year the biggest number of complaints related to overtime work came from those working in wholesale and retail stores, construction, agriculture, food and catering industry.
In the unions they point out that overtime work usually exists in private sector, but it is also present in public sector and state administration.

SERBIAN TEACHERS MIGHT STRIKE AGAIN

25. January 2017  •    Further

Teacher unions In a joint statement three representative teachers’ unions protested against the fact that despite the recent 6% increase, salaries in the sector were still legging behind the national average – and announced the possibility of organising a new joint strike. Unions explain that while the national average salary is 45767 dinars per month (369 euros), the average salary in education is only 42320 dinars (341 euros) i.e. 8% less. It is scandalous that after the recent salary increase workers who only have basic or middle education still don’t reach the minimum (181 euros) guaranteed by the law!

GEOX VRANJE: ESTABLISHMENT
OF THE TRADE UNION ORGANISATION

23. January 2017  •    Further

FIAT Registration of the autonomous trade union organization in “Geox Vranje” lasted almost four months and is the proof of trade union's successful work in the factory, said Ružica Stošić, president of trade union council. The activities dedicated to the establishment of the company trade union organization, which finally proved its representativity by affiliating around 350 members, already began in July last year following the growing interest in affiliation, she emphasized.

UNIONS IN FIAT DISSATISFIED WITH
PRODUCTION AFTER THE END OF WINTER LEAVE

20. January 2017  •    Further

FIAT In FCA company the compulsory winter leave has finished and the employees returned to shop floor.
Autonomous trade union organization in Fiat isn't satisfied with the situation in factory, but hopes for the best. Its president Zoran Marković says he isn't satisfied with the fact that last year one of the three shifts was cancelled and there were many non-working days. “During 2016 there were 80 such days and workers were on paid leave.

TILL THE END OF MARCH ONE-TIME ASSISTANCE
FOR PUBLIC UTILITY WORKERS

17. January 2017  •    Further

Milan Grujić Till the end of March around 68,000 employees in public utilities in Serbia are supposed to receive assistance in the amount of minimum wage, which is 22,620 dinars. As we have learned, the agreement made between trade union members and the Government is to be confirmed by the presidents of municipalities where these companies run their business...

PRIVATISATION OF PUBLIC UTILITIES

3. January 2017  •    Further

Child After a vote in the National Assembly which considerably increased the role of private capital in all 15 public utilities, Serbian citizens lost sovereignty in another part of public domain. In order to realise its strategy of privatising everything, our neoliberals resorted to concessions and public-private partnership...

SMEDEREVO STEELWORKS:
CHINESE INCREASE PRODUCTION

19. December 2016  •    Further

Siniša Prelić While both giant furnaces in the steelworks bought by the Chinese “He steel” are working, the demand for its production is constantly growing, says Sinisa Prelic, President of the CATUS company trade union organisation. In order to satisfy clients, management decided to employ few hundred new workers, he adds and announces the contest at the end of January next year.