Oct. 11, 2019 The minimum wage is to be increased by 11.1% taking it to around 30 000 Serbian dinars a month (EUR 255). The unions had called for an increase of 24.5% to bring it in line with trends in the cost of living while the employers were looking at only 6%-10%. A deal couldn't be reached in tripartite dialogue and so the government acted unilaterally, while also lowering certain taxes on wages and benefits that employers have to pay. The minister of finance also announced a planned 5% increase for all public companies from 1 January 2020.
Sep. 09, 2019
Addressing public debt is an important issue for unions. The constituency started with a PSI seminar of this topic.
Apr. 12, 2019
With all the countries of South East Europe being members of the Energy Community, the impact of European Union energy policies is felt beyond the borders of the EU.
Jan. 31, 2019
Eight EPSU affiliates from Central and Eastern Europe took part in a training seminar in Brussels at the end of January to further develop their recruitment and organising work.
Jun. 28, 2018
Taking inspiration from the Prague Statement union leaders voiced their support for addressing the gender pay gap in the Central European countries.
May. 16, 2018
EPSU position on the EU’s Western Balkans Strategy: strengthen collective bargaining, build independent high quality public administrations and institutions and invest in public services
The Western Balkan strategy of the European Commission is a significant step in providing positive prospects for the workers and people of these countries
Oct. 27, 2017 EPSU has written to the Prime Minister of Serbia and Minister of Public Administration raising concerns about a proposed new public sector pay system. The letter was sent in support of the Trade Union of Health and Social Care that has raised concerns about the system and planned classification of jobs. These have been developed without the involvement of the trade unions and involve negative changes to the current salary structure and job classification system.
Oct. 25, 2017
EPSU sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Serbia and to the Minister of Public Administration and Local Government. It highlights the concerns of Serbian trade unions organising in health and social care regarding a new system for the classification of professions and related pay grades for public service workers.
Feb. 16, 2017
What does it take to make the union stronger ? Actively addressing workers’ issues, reputation and dedication of trade union shopstewards and union leadership and of course more members.
Jul. 17, 2014 The two main trade union confederations called a general strike and national protests on 17 July in their continuing campaign against changes to the labour code and cuts to pensions and disability benefit. A one-hour general strike was widely supported in January and the unions have had to maintain their campaign despite a change of government. The strike this time was called at short notice reflecting union concerns that the government was trying to push the measures through parliament without following due procedure. The ETUC has written to the government calling on it to get involved in social dialogue.Read more at > inserbia news website (EN)And at > B92 news website (EN)And at > ETUC (EN+FR)
Jun. 09, 2014 Unions are unhappy about a number of changes to labour law being proposed by the government. The reforms include reductions to severance pay but of particular concern to the unions is the fact that the changes will no longer include provisions on extending collective agreements. This was something the union had supported and they believe that the new government has withdrawn these provisions under pressure from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.Read more at > Tanjug news agency (EN)
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)