On November 5, 2019, the National Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes signed a Recommendation on the Method of Settling a Collective Dispute Concerning the Conclusion of a Collective Agreement in “Air Serbia”. The collective labour dispute was initiated at the proposal of the Trade union of commercial, economic, legal officers of “Air Serbia”. The employer accepted that this case be settled amicably in proceedings before the Agency. The subject of the dispute was the conclusion of a collective agreement with the employer. The Conciliation Committee reached an agreement on the disputed issues, and this process was concluded peacefully, with the parties to the dispute signing the Recommendation on how to resolve the collective dispute regarding the conclusion of the Collective Agreement in “Air Serbia”. The representatives of the employer “Air Serbia” and of KEPR Trade Union showed that the social dialogue between employees and the employer was conducted properly, opting for a collective labour dispute settlement procedure, in accordance with the recommendation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, to resolve these disputes by institutional mechanisms.
On Friday, October 25, at 10am, the Agency had a roundtable discussion on “Mobbing - how to find a solution” in the hall of the 3A at Belgrade Fair, at the stand of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs. The roundtable discussion was attended by Deputy Director of the Agency, Ivica Lazović and conciliators and arbitrators, Dejana Spasojevic Ivančić and Vera Kondić. The attendees were introduced to the emerging forms of mobbing in practice and the legal possibilities to overcome it in the Republic of Serbia. They talked about the advantages and disadvantages of all forms of legal protection against abuse at work and how to find the best solution. All the advantages of the procedure before the Agency following the amendment of the Law on Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes with regard to Discrimination and Abuse at Work were particularly emphasized. It was also emphasized that these changes contributed to a more efficient and sustainable resolution of procedures related to abuse. Attendees were also presented the SOS Mobbing Agency’s telephone service at 0800-300-601 and the features it offers. The attendees had numerous questions, so the roundtable on “Mobbing - How to Reach a Solution” ended with a conversation and interaction of all participants.
The National Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes participates in the 64th Belgrade International Book Fair and the 2nd J=DNAKI Fair to be held at the Belgrade Fair between October 23 and 27, 2019. With the support of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, the Agency’s representatives will inform visitors daily about the Agency’s competencies and practices at its info-desk in the Belgrade Fair’s 3A Hall within the open space booth. Visitors will also receive accurate information on individual and collective labour disputes that can be resolved in the proceedings before the Agency. Also, the Agency will have a roundtable discussion on “Mobbing - how to find a solution” on Friday 25 October, at 10am in the Belgrade Fair’s 3A hall, at the stand of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs. The Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs will be presenting itself at the 64th Belgrade International Book Fair under the banner J=DNAKI in the Hall 3A, all with the aim of presenting and informing the public about the competences, services and activities they offer within this sector to improve quality of life for all citizens. We invite you to support our roundtable on Friday 25 October, at 10 o’clock, as well as the initiatives of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and by your direct engagement contribute to further affirmation of the principle of equality.
The expert meeting “The most common problems in practice in the procedures for peaceful settlement of labour disputes” organized by the Social and Economic Council of the Republic of Serbia, was held on Friday, October 18, 2019. The expert meeting was organized with the aim of introducing to the expert public the most common problems in practice in the procedures for peaceful settlement of labour disputes, and especially the collective labour disputes and to harmonize the practice of the conciliators and arbitrators of the National Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes. Senior representatives of the line ministry for labour employment, veterans and social affairs, Minister and Chairman of the Social and Economic Council of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Zoran Đorđević, State Secretary Bojana Stanić, top representatives of social partners, Zoran Stoiljković from UGS “Nezavisnost” as well as representatives of the Union of Serbian Employers, Association of Independent Trade Unions of Serbia, Director of the National Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, Mile Radivojević and conciliators and arbitrators of the Agency, as well as representatives of the Permanent Working Body for Collective Bargaining and Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes and the Permanent Working Body for legislation attended this expert meeting. Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and Chairman of the Social and Economic Council of the Republic of Serbia, Zoran Đorđević opened an expert meeting where he emphasized that the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes finally performed its true role during previous years, which the Government of Serbia had actively advocated for. He pointed out that the existence of the Agency is of great interest for all our citizens and the state, but also vital for social dialogue, since this dialogue was one of the priorities of the Government of Serbia. He pointed out that in the previous period we had an amendment to the Law on Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, which expanded the Agency’s capacities to operate and passed the Code of Ethics for Conciliators and Arbitrators for the first time. He also pointed out that conciliators and arbitrators were very dedicated to their work and emphasized that it was necessary and that if they encountered certain problems during their work, they should present the same to the competent ministry, and conferences like this were just an opportunity to do so that that certain amendments to laws and by-laws could be made to make them more efficient. According to him, this year the Agency had twice as many cases as compared to last year, and even 10 times more than in the period from 2010 to 2014. As he pointed out, the Agency saved time and money, and did well for our citizens. Director of the National Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, Mile Radivojević presented the data on the Agency’s work since the beginning of this year, according to which 2,194 proceedings were solved before the Agency to date, 32 of which accounted for collective and the rest accounted for individual disputes. Out of more than 2,123 individual disputes, 2,098 were related to material disputes, six were related to employment termination, 15 disputed were related mobbing. 1,796 were resolved, of which 946 were related to payment of expenses for coming and going from work, 679 to payment of wages and salaries, 77 disputes were related to reimbursement for manufacturing during work and 12 disputes were related to jubilee awards”, said the director, adding that 230 proceedings were ongoing, and that most of the settled labour disputes were resolved to mutual satisfaction - both by the employer and the employee. “These data are in favour of the fact that the Agency becomes more recognizable in the system of labour and legal protection over time, and in time it will be even more recognizable and better”, he concluded. Council member and president of UGS “Nezavisnost” Zoran Stojiljkovic said that the Agency wass very important as an institution of modern democratic industrial relations and attempts to reduce conflict tensions and costs of industrial conflicts, as well as to reach a solution in a way that was institutionalized by mediation and arbitration.
The Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation in the field of harmonization of the application of methods for peaceful settlement of labour disputes was signed at the XXII Conference of the Association for Labour Law and Social Security “Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work in the Regulations and Practice of Serbia and the International Labour Organization” held on October 10, 2019 in Zlatibor. This Memorandum was signed between the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes of Montenegro, the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes of Republika Srpska (Bosnia and Herzegovina), the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Northern Macedonia and the National Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes of the Republic of Serbia. The said Memorandum was signed for the purpose of establishing a common basis for harmonization and further development of methods of amicable settlement of labour disputes. The Memorandum is based on the universal principles of peaceful settlement of labour disputes that are embedded in international labour standards, taking into account widely accepted practices in the field of peaceful settlement of labour disputes and the exchange of knowledge and experience within the Network of Agencies for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes.
The text of the Memorandum can be viewed at the link: Memorandum
On Wednesday, October 9, 2019, the Office of the International Labour Organization of Budapest and the National Coordinator for the Republic of Serbia, Jovan Protić, organized the Presentation of the Database of Labour Legislation of the Central and Eastern European Countries (CEELex) within the ESAP project of the International Labour Organization in Belgrade. The CEELex database was developed as part of the ESAP project (www.esap.online) and contains information on legislation related to the field of labour and industrial relations in thirteen Central and Eastern European countries, including the Western Balkans countries which the ESAP project relates to. On that occasion, as a panellist, Agency Director Mile Radivojevic presented to the expert public good practices of the Agency and regional experiences, and in an interactive discussion various issues and problems from practice were discussed.