[Pga_europe_process] SERBIA AWAITS MASSIVE STRIKES

kolektiv eimigracija migrativeart at skynet.be
Wed Jul 7 11:48:02 CEST 2004


fantastic and never seen before: in serbia, free and independent trade union
association representative speaks frankly about the thing that is ³secretly²
known for a long time, i.e. that the government is giving instructions to
the union about directing workers¹ moderation and termination of strikes!
short passage for trade- union biographies ­ unions as etatic mechanisms and
enemies of the workers¹ struggles, i.e. unions as ideological aparatus of
the state, without any differences. in serbia and elsewhere.
bajbaj
ivana 


 ³Blic², July 5, 2004:
 SERBIA AWAITS MASSIVE STRIKES

R. Markoviç

There is a huge wave of strikes happening in Serbia in the last few days.
First the railway union started one-hour strike, and then displeased arms
-producers came to Belgrade, while on the same day two health unions started
their strikes. The educational workers have given the public information
about their intention to start strikes in the coming fall. Who is next and
does this line of aforementioned strikes suggests how ³hot union fall² will
start earlier this year, or does all of this suggests minute flares that
will be eased down in no time?
The strike wave is, according to unions¹ representatives, clear consequence
of the workers¹ poor economic situation, including the absence of social
dialogue between the government¹s representatives and the workers. If the
social dialogue functioned better, the problems would be solved in a
different way, which all indicates that the strikes would be lessening,
suggest the workers.
Ranka Savic, president of the Free and Independent Unions Association,
states in her interview for the ³Blic² how ³strikes represent logical
consequence of the government work and the fact that, even after the
continuation of the restructuring of the organizations process, not one new
social program has been introduced².
She thinks that strikes that are still solitary will escalate as soon as the
holiday season ends, at the end of August and at the beginning of September.
³When discussing the issues with us, premier and ministers are insisting
that money sources from the budget are insufficient and request from us to
be patient and to appease the workers. Maybe we, unions¹ representatives,
could afford to be patient as they require, but this demand is impossible
for the workers. Only now the fact about organization buying and
privatization becomes known: according to the data we have, in 20% of the
organization that have been privatized, new owners did not buy the premises
in order to continue production process in them; they did that because they
saw the value of the sole objects. The first year without dismissal is
ending now, when real motives of the acquisitions will become public², says
Savic.
She also says that strikes become massive because the social ­ economic
committee is not functioning and because the government does not have real
communication with the unions. On the other hand, says Savic, cooperation
between the unions is becoming stronger, especially in factories, and the
relations on the republic level are also getting better. Nebojsa Savic, vice
president of the UGS, furthermore warns on the lack of social dialogue.
³There will be more and more strikes because of this, and this suggests that
it would be better for the government representatives to communicate with
the workers and give them the right information. Strikes happening at the
moment are actually workers¹ response to government behavior, which will be
responsible for the incoming strikes of highly tolerant unions, like UGS, ³,
says Savic.  
Vlada Andric, president of the Belgrade Independent Union, says that we can
still talk about independent strikes which have not grown into the city
strikes and strikes on a republic level, and that is very difficult to
foresee if and when the escalation of workers¹ discontent will happen.
³Strikes happen because of the poor economic situation, while some are
displeased with the privatization that has been undertaken, or with slow
revision of privatization. More worry is set up with the announcement of
public organizations restructuring. Educational workers have their special
reasons for strike, and all of this creates situation that is very intense
and far from being easily controlled and lead².
When we talk about government relation towards the unions, Mr. Andric,
differently from his colleagues, is of the opinion that cooperation between
the workers and Ministry of Labor is satisfying and that the union finally
has someone to whom it can direct all of the mind-sets and ideas belonging
to the area of labor regulation.
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