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.
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.