On 2 October 2020, the first interactive webinar for conciliators and arbitrators in 2020 was held to address new case law in the field of labour disputes, managed by the judge of the Constitutional Court of Serbia, Lidija Đukić.
Taking into account the recommended measures of the competent authorities in order to prevent the spreading of the infectious disease COVID-19, the Agency decided to organize webinars - video conferences that are held over the Internet in real time this year, instead of the usual interactive seminars.
The first interactive webinar was opened by the Agency’s Director, Mile Radivojević, who introduced the conciliators and arbitrators to the latest developments in the work of the Agency, and Judge Lidija Đukić presented several examples from the case law that arbitrators and conciliators could discuss.
The interactive webinar was organized for the purpose of ensuring further professional development of conciliators and arbitrators, as well as direct exchange of relevant experience and examples of good practice.
You may watch a video of the webinar HERE.
On Monday 28 September 2020, the Agreement on Cooperation between the Faculty of Law of the University of Niš and the National Agency for the Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes was signed. The goal of the Agreement is to establish the cooperation between the signatories, which will contribute to the development and improvement of the capacity of the National Agency for the Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes and the Faculty of Law. By signing the agreement, opportunities were created for additional training of conciliators and arbitrators and promotion of the institute of peaceful resolution of individual and collective labour disputes among students, as well as for the exchange of information and experience, participation in projects, organization of seminars and meetings of mutual interest.
The agreement was signed by the director of the National Agency for the peaceful settlement of labour disputes, Mile Radivojević and the dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Niš, Goran Obradović MD/PhD, who is also one of the conciliators and arbitrators from the Directory of Conciliators and Arbitrators of the Agency. The signing of the agreement was also attended by the Vice Dean for Scientific Research and Material and Financial Operations, Marko Dimitrijević, PhD, the Vice Dean for Teaching, Anđelija Tasić, PhD, and the Deputy Director of the National Agency for the Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, Ivica Lazović, PhD.
The collective labor dispute that arose on the occasion of the conclusion of the collective agreement in JKP “Vodovod“ Vlasotince ended on September 14, 2020 with a joint Agreement on the peaceful resolution of the dispute. The procedure of peaceful resolution of a collective labor dispute before the Republic agency for peaceful settlement of labor disputes was initiated by the Labor union organization of JKP "Vodovod" Vlasotince (Independent labor union).
Representatives of the employer JKP "Vodovod", the Labor union organization JKP "Vodovod" and the local self-government of the Municipality of Vlasotince, signed a joint Agreement on the peaceful resolution of the dispute by which they agreed to enter into negotiations and conclude a Collective agreement for public utility activities in the Municipality of Vlasotince.
In this way, in Vlasotince, the representatives of the employer, Labor union and local self-government gave another example of how to conduct social dialogue, deciding on the procedure of peaceful resolution of collective labor disputes, and in accordance with the recommendation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, before the Republic agency for peaceful settlement of labor disputes.
At the Faculty of Medical Sciences in Kragujevac, the parties to the dispute, with the mediation of the Republic agency for peaceful settlement of labour disputes, came to a joint recommendation on how to resolve a collective labor dispute, which was unanimously adopted and signed by the Conciliation Committee.
The procedure before the Agency was conducted on the occasion of the strike of the employees, but after only two discussions, a joint recommendation was established which recommends the ways of resolving all disputable issues.
The employer and the employees of the Faculty of Medical Sciences in Kragujevac have once again confirmed that the best way to resolve labor disputes is before the mediators and arbitrators of the Republic agency for peaceful settlement of labour disputes.
The collective labour dispute regarding the exercise of the right to determine the representativeness of the union with the employer in the company “Autoprevoz” from Kikinda ended with the Recommendation on the peaceful settlement of the dispute and the signing of the Agreement on resolving the dispute between the founder, employer and the union. The procedure for the peaceful resolution of a collective labour dispute before the National Agency for the Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes was initiated by the Branch Trade Union of Public Transport and Utility Services “Nezavisnost”.
Once again the representatives of the employer, founder and the unions in the company “Autoprevoz” from Kikinda gave an example that a social dialogue between employees and the employer, through the procedure of peaceful resolution of labour disputes and in accordance with the recommendation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, could be used for resolving disputes.
In Gornji Milanovac, with the adoption of arbitration decisions in the elementary school "Sveti Sava", all individual procedures regarding the long-term dispute over the payment of compensation for the costs of arrival and departure from work were successfully completed.
Proposals for peaceful resolution of individual labour disputes were submitted to the Republic agency for peaceful settlement of labour disputes on the occasion of determining the right to payment of compensation for arrival and departure from several schools in Gornji Milanovac, including the Economics and trade school "Knjaz Milos", Technical School "Jovan Zujovic", elementary school "Kralj Aleksandar I", elementary school "Momcilo Nastasijevic" and elementary school "Sveti Sava".
The employees and the employer agreed that these procedures should be resolved peacefully, and they were successfully resolved before the Agency in several joint proceedings in the previous period.
In this way, unnecessary court and other costs for both the employer and the employees have been avoided. Employees in education and their management in Gornji Milanovac have given a good example of socially responsible behavior where individual labour disputes are resolved amicably, and not in expensive court proceedings.