The Director of the Republic agency for the peaceful settlement of labor disputes, Mile Radivojević, attended the 96th regular session of the Social and Economic Council on Friday, May 22, 2020, in Belgrade. The session was chaired by the Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans' Affairs and Social Affairs, Zoran Đorđević, and the highest representatives of the social partners were present. After the adoption of the Work plan of the Social and Economic Council for 2020, the representatives of the state administration bodies informed the attendees about the measures taken during the state of emergency and the measures that will be taken in the following period. Mr. Radivojević also addressed the audience, emphasizing that the work of the Agency was harmonized with the Government's recommendations and the development of the epidemiological situation, and citizens and service users were informed about all of the above through an online presentation and emergency telephone numbers and e-mail addresses were provided. During the state of emergency, 57 new proposals for peaceful settlement of labor disputes were submitted to the Agency, legal advice was provided by telephone, via the "SOS Mobbing" emergency line and e-mail in 208 cases, and 36 arbitration proceedings were resolved and over 50 different acts were made. However, during the state of emergency, epidemiological measures were respected and there was no admission of parties to official premises and direct contacts. He pointed out that in the following period, the Agency will adhere to epidemiological recommendations. A detailed Report on the work of the Republic agency for the peaceful settlement of labor disputes during the state of emergency is available at the following link: SЕС Report
The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia passed the Decision on the abolition of the state of emergency ("Official Gazette of RS" no. 65/20) by which the state of emergency was lifted on May 7, 2020. However, the Decision on declaring the infectious disease COVID-19 caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus a contagious disease ("Official Gazette of RS", no. 23/20) and the Order on declaring the epidemic of infectious disease COVID-19 "Official Gazette of RS" no. 37/20) are still in force, so that the abolition of the state of emergency does not stop the application of epidemiological measures for the protection of the population from infectious diseases, especially those related to prevention measures. In accordance with the stated decisions, the work of the Agency was normalized as of May 11, 2020, and all employees returned to their regular jobs at the headquarters. However, in order to reduce the risk of infection and the spread of infectious disease, the usual prevention measures are applied, direct contacts are avoided, especially with people who have symptoms of colds and flu, upon entering the premises of the Agency, the control is intensified, measuring body temperature is obligatory and hand disinfection is obligatory for all (employees and visitors), handshaking and other forms of direct contact should be avoided, and if direct contacts are necessary then it is obligatory for all participants to wear protective masks. While working with clients, communication via telephone, internet, conference calls is preferred.
Work activities that require group meetings, such as conciliation and arbitration, will be organized so that the following measures are applied: make sure to avoid handshaking and other forms of direct contact during the meeting; it is mandatory for all participants in the meeting to wear protective masks; make sure to limit the number of people present in such a way as to ensure the physical distance between the participants and be sure to use larger rooms to allow a physical distance of two meters between the participants; ventilate and disinfect the premises (work surfaces, handles, etc.) before and after the meeting; limit the duration of meetings to 20 minutes; use only bottled water at the meeting without a glass or with disposable packaging.
We also emphasize the need for social responsibility and compliance with all prevention measures of each individual.
In accordance with the development of the epidemiological situation in the Republic of Serbia, the organization of work processes will be corrected.
Citizens are informed that during the state of emergency declared by the Decision on declaring a state of emergency ("Official Gazette of RS", no. 29/2020) from 15.3.2020 it is necessary that in the proceedings before this Agency we all respect the general instructions and recommendations of the authorities responsible for monitoring the situation and directing and coordinating activities in an emergency situation due to the spread of the infectious disease COVID-19.
For the purpose of prevention, all activities in conciliation and arbitration proceedings should be organized in accordance with the epidemiological situation, and measures should be considered and taken at every opportunity to reduce any risk of transmission of the infection.
In the work of the Agency, communication by telephone, internet, conference calls, etc. is preferred, and in case of holding the necessary meetings, there are no handshakes and cordial greetings; meetings are organized with a maximum of four people lasting up to a maximum of 20 minutes; the physical distance between the participants must be at least one meter; before and after the meeting, the premises are ventilated and disinfected; hand disinfectants, masks and other appropriate and recommended means are used.
The on-call service of the Agency during the state of emergency will be 064 / 8900-079 as well as the e-mail address email@example.com
In accordance with the development of the epidemiological situation in the Republic of Serbia, this notification will also be corrected.
The collective labor dispute regarding the implementation of the collective agreement in JMU "Radio-Television of Serbia" ended on February 28, 2020 with the Recommendation on the peaceful settlement of the dispute. The procedure of peaceful settlement of a collective labor dispute before the Republic agency for peaceful settlement of labor disputes was initiated by the Independent professional trade union of FTV Workers Serbia. Employer representatives of the JMU "RTS" and the Independent trade union of FTV Workers Serbia - showed how to conduct social dialogue between employees and employers, deciding on a procedure for peaceful settlement of collective labor disputes, and in accordance with the recommendation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, that these disputes should be resolved amicably before the Republic agency for peaceful settlement of labor disputes.
The Republic agency for the peaceful settlement of labor disputes has adopted, for the fourth time, the Program of special professional training of conciliators and arbitrators for 2020.
The aim of this professional training program is to continuously improve the skills and knowledge and unify the practices of conciliators and arbitrators in the field of peaceful settlement of labor disputes, which is an important prerequisite for further development of the institute of peaceful settlement of labor disputes in practice, and thus effective labor protection in Serbia as well.
This Program plans the realization of two interactive trainings for conciliators and arbitrators and special individual trainings. In addition to the above trainings, the Agency will strive to organize other trainings in 2020 with the expert support of the International Labor Organization (ILO) as well as citizens' associations such as the Development and Cooperation Initiative.
You can download the special professional training program for conciliators and arbitrators for 2020 by clicking on the LINK
With the help of Republic agency for peaceful settlement of labor disputes in the Institute for psychophysiological disorders and speech pathology "Prof. Dr. Cvetko Brajović” on December 18, the collective labor dispute of the employer with the New trade union of health workers Serbia over the conclusion of a collective agreement with the employer was resolved. A recommendation on the manner of resolving a collective labor dispute was signed, as well as an Agreement on resolving a collective labor dispute, which reached an agreement on disputed issues. Employer representatives in the Department of psychophysiological disorders and speech pathology "Prof. Dr. Cvetko Brajović "and the New trade union of health workers Serbia - New trade union of the Institute for psychophysiological disorders and speech pathology "Prof. Dr. Cvetko Brajović”, as well as the Trade union of employees in healthcare and social protection Serbia - Trade union organization of employees in the Institute for psychophysiological disorders and speech pathology“ Prof. Dr. Cvetko Brajović ", showed how the social dialogue between employees and employers is conducted in the right way, deciding on the procedure of peaceful settlement of collective labor disputes in accordance with the recommendation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, to resolve disputes peacefully.