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24 nov

ALEKSANDAR MATKOVIĆ, STRUGGLING AGAINST SERBIA’S NEW LABOUR LAW (part 2)

STRUGGLING AGAINST SERBIA’S NEW LABOUR LAW (part 2)[1]

Aleksandar Matković

The laws have been passed and the cards have been dealt: the new reform of the labour and pension laws which were so hastily proposed to parliament this January, have finally been adopted.[2] These “reforms” legitimize precarious work from the cradle to the grave: they do so, among else, by increasing and flexibilizing work hours, cutting down basic social welfare and extending the pension limit up to 65 years of working life. They will thus make drastic changes to the way all work will be done, paid and secured in the years to come. In Serbia, where the minimum wage is already the lowest in the world, this can have only detrimental effects on the working population. And for leftist groups and trade-unions, this means that the struggle against Serbia’s neoliberal legislative has just reached a whole new level.

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23 jul

STRUGGLING AGAINST SERBIA’S NEW LABOUR LAW

ALEKSANDAR MATKOVIĆ

STRUGGLING AGAINST SERBIA’S NEW LABOUR LAW[1]

On December 20 2013, state sponsored hearings on the new labor law in Serbia were cancelled just as they were supposed to begin. The first public hearings were scheduled for Novi Sad, while subsequent hearings were to take place in Kragujevac and Belgrade. However, before the day was over, all the hearings had been called off. Serbia’s Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Policy (MLESP) first blamed the unions for ‘obstructing’ the proceedings, and then canceled all further hearings, arguing that: “All those interested may submit their proposals, suggestions and complaints on the Draft of the Law on the Amendment of the Law on Labor in written form and in the manner prescribed by the Public discussion program.”[2] As a result, the new labor law is effectively being pushed-through hastily and out of public view. The state’s moves signal a clear turn against unions and all organizations that stand on their side. This can be see in the cancellation of hearings in Novi Sad and the combative tone of Serbia’s Minister for the Economy Saša Radulović. As a result, unions have announced a possible general strike if the law is adopted.

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