May. 29, 2014 Following his party's victory in the general election in April, new prime minister Aleksander Vucic has made the public sector one of the first targets of reform. He plans cuts in public sector employment and a 10% pay cut for the workers who are left. Unions are calling for other cuts rather than pay cuts as many workers already struggle to make ends meet.Read more at > SE Times news website (EN)
Jan. 29, 2014 The two main trade union confederations and several independent trade unions said that over half a million workers from the public and private sectors joined the one-hour strike called on 23 January. The strike was in protest at plans for wide-ranging changes to labour laws that would reduce employee protection and undermine collective bargaining. The unions said that further action would follow if the reforms weren't withdrawn. Following the strike the government has called early election and the minister for the economy, the main proponent of the reforms has resigned. Read more at > B92 news website (EN)And at > EPSU (EN)
May. 01, 2012 The conflict in the health sector has lead to strike action by doctors, joined also by the main health union. The unions are calling for a postponement or abandonment of plans to change the coefficients on which salaries are based that would lead to a 10% cut in pay.Read more at > news website (EN)
Apr. 19, 2012 On 19 April the Trade Union of Employees in Health and Social Protection organized a demonstration over pay. The union says that the average salary in the health sector is €360 putting 28th of all sectors in the economy. Four categories of employees within the health sector don't even earn the minimum salary of €180. The union is a calling for a sectoral agreement in both the health and social protection sectors and wants changes to the decree that sets the coefficients used in the calculation salaries. In particular the union wants the government to withdraw plans to change the coefficients that would lead to a 10% cut in current salaries. If there is no agreement then a strike is planned for 25 April.
Apr. 19, 2012 Last month the EMS energy union was able to sign a new collective agreement with the JP EMS electricity transmission company after lengthy negotiations. There were key issues in the negotiations around redundancy provisions, payments for food and annual leave but these were finally resolved thanks in part to expressions of support from EPSU and sister unions in Slovenia and Macedonia.
Sep. 15, 2011 The International Monetary Fund has agreed a further loan package with the Serbian government. The IMF has made it clear that it expects the government to restrict public spending and specifically mentioned limited growth for pensions and pay as well as rationalization of employment.Read more at > SETimes website (EN)
Aug. 31, 2010 After two years of pay freezes, public sector pay will increase in 2011 by the rate of inflation recorded in the second half of 2010. The government made the announcement following an agreement with the International Monetary Fund which also involves the unfreezing of pensions. (Retail prices rose by 7.9% in the year to August, with the consumer price index registering a lower increase at 6.3%.)Read more at > Balkan Insight website (EN)
Aug. 25, 2009 There is speculation that the government may commit itself to cutting public sector jobs and freezing pay until 2011, in order to secure more help from the IMF. The IMF agreed a standby with the Serbian government earlier this year and this is now up for review. Suggestions are that job cuts will be implemented this year and could affect health, education, administration and the judiciary. Read more at > SETimes (EN)
Apr. 15, 2009 An 18-month pay freeze is just one element in a package of measures that the government is planning to implement to secure loans from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Public sector unions have called for an increase in the minimum wage for state sector workers and for cuts in non-employment costs in public administration.Read more at > Reuters (EN)And at > SETimes (EN)
Jan. 22, 2006 Members of the EPS trade union began strike action on 10 January. The companies affected are PE Electric Power Industry of Serbia, PE Elektromreža Srbije (Serbian Transmission System and Market Operator) and PE Underground Pit Mine Exploration. The strike is over the way the employers have disregarded the demands of the strikers for an increase in hourly pay. The general strike started on 10 January. The proposal of the Government of Serbia to postpone the strike till the end of February 2006 was rejected by the Board of Strikers. The last round of negotiations was held on 20 December 2005 when the Government proposed a maximum of 6.5% increase in salaries for 2006, without paying off what was owed for 2004 and 2005 - the inflation rate in Serbia in 2005 was 17 %. The EPS trade union demands that the Government starts negotiations and gives a concrete response to the demands of the strikers.