Unions and employers without agreement on minimum wage

Serbia's trade unions and employers failed to reach an agreement on the minimum wage at Monday’s meeting of the working group on amendments to the Labor Law.

Source: Tanjug

This is what Vice President of the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia (SSSS) Zoran Mihajlović told Tanjug late on Monday.

The unions feel that the minimum wage should not be less than the average consumer basket, but employers do not concur with that view, said Mihajlović, who is a member of the working group.

Another contentious item in the amendments to the Labor Law is a proposed extension of collective agreements, which, again, is opposed by employers, Mihajlović said.

The Serbian government has proposed that the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (PKS) adopts a facilitating role in the tripartite working group, but the unions believe that it is not a good option as it would add yet another negotiator to the talks, besides the Serbian Association of Employers.

The trade unions and employers have agreed last week that a labor contract for a definite period of time cannot exceed two years.

Mihajlović said that the working group will take a break tomorrow and after that meet every day to debate other provisions.

This job should be done in the rest of the week, as was agreed at a meeting of the Social and Economic Council, said Mihajlović.

“We have only few contoversial provisions left, but they are still crucial,” said Mihajlović.

Serbian Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin said yesterday that the amendments to the Labor Law will be passed in time.

“The Labor Law will be passed in due time and in compliance with the rules and provisions already agreed,” said Vulin.

He said that the Social and Economic Council held a meeting on Saturday, attended Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, where they discussed the amendments to the Labor Law.

“We care about the labor law being the best possible and about all the participants in the negotiations being satisfied. These are tripartite agreements - nobody can be fully satisfied here, but the interests of all - the employers, the trade unions, and the state - are taken into account,” said Vulin.

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