Unions "against measures that lead to further recession"
BELGRADE -- The Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia (SSSS) does not support any government measures which entail reduction of personal income.
This move leads to further recession, SSSS Secretary Zoran Mihajlović said.
Mihajlović noted that the reduction of public sector salaries and pensions would impact the citizens' purchasing power, as well as production.
We will end up in a vicious circle which we can hardly exit, Mihajlović told Tanjug.
Daily price increase brought citizens to the verge of survival, Mihajlović said and added that the announced measures would cause social unrests.
We do not support pension cuts because pensions are vested rights and beneficiaries of pensions allocated funds for years on end so that they could have a normal life and some degree of security today, Mihajlović noted. I am not sure whether it would be constitutional to deprive them of these rights now, Mihajlović said and added that he expects pensioners to react in case the measures are implemented.
He believes that there is room in the public sector for considerable savings and that this side should have been covered better so that pensions and salaries could be left untouched.
The blame for employment on political grounds does not rest on these people, this was a practice over a number of year and the incumbent government is not immune to it either, which is why we need to strike some balance, Mihajlović said and added that it is not easy to fill the budget at this point.
The Serbian government needs to find new ways to increase budget revenues through investments and public works instead of introducing restrictive measures and tightening the belt, he noted.
Friday 19.09.2014 | 15:45 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The measures presented by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić had been expected and are tough, Aleksandar Vulin has said.
Friday 19.09.2014 | 15:20 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BRUSSELS -- The EU welcomes the efforts of the Serbian government aimed at implementation of structural reforms in order to ensure growth and competitiveness.
Friday 19.09.2014 | 12:53 | Source: Blic, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The proposed salary and pension cuts are insufficient and the VAT will have to be increased as a result, Fiscal Council President Pavle Petrović said.
Friday 19.09.2014 | 10:25 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (1) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- There will be no decrease of salaries in the public sector and pensions up to RSD 25,000 (EUR 211 as of Sept. 19), PM Aleksandar Vučić has announced.
Thursday 18.09.2014 | 12:33 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (4) | Send comment
KRAGUJEVAC -- Opposition Democratic Party (DS) leader Bojan Pajtić says Serbia has already gone bankrupt, "but the government wants to cover it up"
Thursday 18.09.2014 | 10:50 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (11) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić believes that the U.S. ambassador "sent a message to the Russian side, not to Serbia" when he spoke about Vladimir Putin's visit here.
Tuesday 16.09.2014 | 09:32 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (7) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Unless public sector salaries and pensions are immediately reduced by 15 percent linearly, a new reduction will have to be implemented in the next year.
Monday 15.09.2014 | 10:20 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Social Economic Council has not come to an agreement on the minimum price of labor for next year, Labor Minister Aleksandar Vulin said on Sunday.
Monday 15.09.2014 | 09:36 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić says it is necessary to make savings of EUR 700 million to ensure financial consolidation in the year to come.
Friday 12.09.2014 | 16:27 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The foreign exchange (FX) reserves of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) amounted to EUR 10,949.2 million at the end of August.
Thursday 11.09.2014 | 15:43 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The Executive Board of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) decided on Thursday to retain its key policy rate at 8.5 percent.
Thursday 11.09.2014 | 13:02 | Source: RTS, Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The fluctuations in the dinar exchange rate should not be a cause for concern, Governor of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) Jorgovanka Tabaković says.
Tuesday 9.09.2014 | 09:22 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (0) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- Aleksandar Vučić has said that Serbia "has to continue structural reforms" adding that he expected the signing of an agreement with the IMF.
Monday 8.09.2014 | 09:51 | Source: Tanjug | Comments: (3) | Send comment
BELGRADE -- The dinar (RSD) declined by 0.3 percent against the euro (EUR) on Monday, with the official medium exchange rate at RSD 118.7954, the central bank (NBS) said.