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27. May 2022.

On 27 May, the Agency held the third in a series of workshops in Vranje . The workshop is a part of the project entitled “Joint efforts of social partners to increase the visibility of the concept of peaceful settlement of labor disputes”, implemented by the Development and Cooperation Initiative (IRS) in partnership with the “Nezavisnost” ABTU, Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Serbia and the Union of Employers of Serbia, with the support of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes.

In the premises of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions in Vranje, Dr. Ivica Lazović, Director of the Agency, was presented the results of Agency operations to the participants. The present audience had the opportunity to get insight into the Course on Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes and to get acquainted with the benefits of using this concept and the practice of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes. The simulation of the procedure of peaceful settlement of labor dispute to the attending union representatives and employers was presented by the Agency conciliators and arbitrators.

The workshop was attended by representatives of social partners "Nezavisnost" Association of Branch Trade Unions (ABTU), Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Serbia, Union of Employers of Serbia and Initiative for Development and Cooperation, as well as a representative of “Olof Palme” International Center.

23. May 2022.

As a part of the project entitled “Joint efforts of social partners to increase the visibility of the concept of peaceful settlement of labor disputes”, the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes held a workshop in Zrenjanin on May 23. This is the second workshop this year, which is being realized through a project funded by the "Olof Palme" International Center and implemented by the Development and Cooperation Initiative (IRS) in partnership with the “Nezavisnost” ABTU, Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Serbia and the Union of Employers of Serbia, with the support of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes.

The presentation of the work of the Agency and the concept of peaceful settlement of labor disputes was held by the Agency Director, Dr. Ivica Lazović, and the simulation of the procedure to the attending union representatives and employers was presented by the Agency conciliators and arbitrators. The present audience had the opportunity to get insight into the Course on Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes and to get acquainted with the benefits of using this concept and the practice of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes.

The workshop was attended by representatives of social partners "Nezavisnost" Association of Branch Trade Unions (ABTU), Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Serbia, Union of Employers of Serbia and Initiative for Development and Cooperation.

16. May 2022.

The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes presented its work at gatherings held in Ivanjica on May 14, organized by the "Nezavisnost", Serbian Branch Trade Union of Teachers, in Veliko Gradiste from May 11 to 13, organized by the Serbian Trade Union of Construction Workers and Workers in Construction Materials Industry (SSSS) and at VII convention of the Association of Free and Independent Trade Unions (ASNS) on May 21. On that occasion, those interested were able to get acquainted with the work of the Agency so far and the benefits provided by peaceful resolution of labor disputes.

Dejana Spasojević Ivančić, a longtime mediator and arbitrator of the Agency talked at the international meeting held in Večliko Gradište (Silver Lake) which focused the aspects of the labor law and social dialogue in the Western Balkans and the EU. Leticia Baldan, the international secretary of the Belgian Construction and Energy Trade Union, Gijs Lokhorst, a Dutch negotiator for collective agreements in the area of construction works, and Dušan Petrović, secretary of the Social and Economic Council of the Republic of Serbia also spoke at the seminar, together with a number of other presenters.

At the seminar of the "Independence" Branch Trade Union of Teachers of Serbia entitled "Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes", which was held in Ivanjica, Dragana Andonovska, senior advisor at the Agency, introduced the participants to the work of the Agency, with special reference to mobbing and harassment at work. Milica Radivojević, Nataša Arsić Jelić and Danijela Kostan Kovačević, conciliators and arbitrators of the Agency, spoke about the advantages of resolving labor disputes before the Agency against proceedings before the court. In continuation of the gathering, the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the whole procedure of peaceful settlement of labor disputes before the Agency through an interactive simulation and workshop.

At VII convention of the Association of Free and Independent Trade Unions (ASNS) director of Agency Ivica Lazović participated as a guest and announced greater cooperation and at least one training for the members of this union on the benefits that peaceful resolution of labor disputes provides.

11. May 2022.

Within the project entitled Employment and Social Affairs Platform 2 (ESAP 2) implemented by the International Labor Organization, from 10 to 13 May on Zlatibor, training for mediators and arbitrators is held on "Improving the effectiveness of mediation in resolving labor disputes."

In addition to mediators and arbitrators from Serbia, the training was attended by representatives of agencies for the peaceful settlement of labor disputes from the Republic of Srpska (B&H) and Montenegro, as well as representatives of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The training was opened by Ada Huibregtse, ILO Chief Technical Adviser, while the expert part of the training and workshop was led by Malcolm Curie, an experienced ILO mediator and trainer. Conciliators and arbitrators had the opportunity to improve their skills in resolving individual and collective labor disputes through interactive workshops and exercises, as well as to exchange practical experiences with colleagues from different agencies.

Within the project, it is planned to hold another online training by the end of the year, where all conciliators and arbitrators will be welcome.

The Employment and Social Affairs Platform (ESAP) 2 is a project funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Labor Organization. It aims to improve the institutional effectiveness of the labor dispute resolution mechanism. Also, the goal is to exchange experiences and learn from colleagues from different agencies for peaceful settlement of labor disputes in the Western Balkans.

09. May 2022.

In order to inform the public about the role of the Agency, its competencies and the effects it achieves with its work, as well as professional and free services it offers to citizens and in an effort to increase visibility of this legal concept, we have intensified our presence on social networks. In order to bring its services closer to as many citizens as possible, the Agency has prepared promotional announcements and is conducting a targeted internet campaign with press releases about the Agency's various competencies.

As a part of the internet campaign, a promotional video of the Agency was produced, which you can watch at this link.

21. April 2022.

Through the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes, the collective labor dispute in the “Elmont” d.o.o. company was resolved by an agreement. Nis. The dispute was initiated by the “Elmont” d.o.o. Niš trade union organization on the issue of exercising the right to determine the representativeness of the union with the employer.

Prof. Dr. Goran Obradović was the appointed mediator and he set up the Conciliation Committee at the first hearing to include representatives of the parties to the dispute and the acting conciliator. Representatives of the employer “Elmont” d.o.o. Niš and the trade union organization “Elmont” d.o.o. Niš signed a joint agreement on the peaceful settlement of labor disputes, by which they agreed on all disputed issues.

In this way, in “Elmont” d.o.o. Niš representatives of employers and trade unions gave another example of how to successfully conduct social dialogue, deciding on a procedure for peaceful settlement of this collective labor dispute.

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