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28. December 2021.

A delegation from the Republic of Srpska and the Agency for the Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes from Banja Luka visited the Republic Agency for the Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes. The delegation from the Republic of Srpska included Velibor Mikač, the director of the Agency for the peaceful settlement of labor disputes, and Jovana Borjan Lazuta, a senior expert associate for the peaceful settlement of labor disputes.

The meeting was focused on the cooperation of the Agencies, sharing of experiences and good practices, especially in the field of protection against harassment at work and mobbing. The reason for this is that the Law on Prevention of Harassment at Work was recently adopted in the Republic of Srpska, while in the Republic of Serbia we already have over ten years of experience in this matter.

Also, the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes used the opportunity to introduce a colleague from the Republic of Srpska as a pioneer in the implementation of the IT system for conducting the proceedings, and he presented the functionalities and advantages of using it.

Mikač and Lazović agreed that the continuation and deepening of already successful long-term cooperation is in the interest of both Agencies as well as the citizens of the Republic of Serbia and Republic of Srpska.

In order to further develop the relations between the Agencies, an agreement was reached on the need to run joint trainings, organize round tables, conferences and periodic meetings in the oncoming period, as the opportunities to discuss relevant practices and all current topics in the common field of work.

17. December 2021.

On 17 December, the final training for conciliators and arbitrators in 2021 was held, at which certificates from the International Labor Organization Training Center were presented to participants who attended the training from 6 to 8 October, as well as plaques for contributing to the development of a legal concept of peaceful settlement of labor disputes.

The Republic Agency for the Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes and the legal concept of peaceful settlement of labor disputes are in constant development in our country, said the Agency Director Ivica Lazovic, emphasizing that we could be proud of the support of social partners, primarily the representative trade unions and employers, as well as the third party in the social dialogue, the Republic of Serbia, which contributed primarily through the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs. The plaques were presented to the president of the Association of Branch Trade Unions "Nezavisnost", Čedanka Andrić, the president of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Serbia, Ljubisav Orbovic, and the president of the Association of Employers of Serbia, Miloš Nenezić. The presentation of the plaque was also planned for the Minister of Labor, Professor Dr. Darija Kisić Tepavčević, who was prevented from attending the gathering, so that the plaque would be presented to her at a later date. The state secretary Dr. Stana Božović addressed the audience and on behalf of Professor Kisić Tepavčević. She greeted the participants and emphasized the importance of the legal concept of peaceful settlement of labor disputes as a great civilizational achievement.

Mr. Jovan Protić the national coordinator of the International Labor Organization spoke in the continuation of the training for conciliators and arbitrators, and after him, the first block of training was run by prof. Dr. Bojan Urdarević. An IDC representative, Milena Šoškić, informed the participants about the planned activities in the oncoming period. Aleksandra Stanković spoke about resolving conflicts from the psychological point of view, and the Constitutional Court Judge Lidija Đukić spoke about the latest case law.

15. December 2021.

The Director of the Serbian Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes, Dr Ivica Lazović visited main offices of major trade unions that frequently cooperate with the Agency – Confederation of Free Trade Unions (KSS), Association of Free and Independent Trade Unions (ASNS) and „Sloga“ Association of Serbian Trade Unions, in order to improve cooperation and discuss further activities. The talks were focused on elevation of the level of cooperation and promotion of the concept of peaceful settlement of labor disputes among the trade union members. Possibilities for improvement and more intensive cooperation were discussed. The trade union main offices received the Agency promotional materials in order to spread information on options for protection of the rights before the Agency.

On 14 December a meeting was held at the premises of the Confederation of Free Trade Unions (KSS), with the President Ivica Cvetanović. On 15 December a meeting was held at the premises of the Association of Free and Independent Trade Unions (ASNS) with the President Ranka Savić. A meeting with the „Sloga“ Association of Serbian Trade Unions and their President, Želјko Veselinović was held at the Association premises on 15 December in the presence of Predrag Đurić, President of the Health and Social Services Trade Union.

It was concluded that all trade unions significantly contributed to the development of the legal concept of peaceful settlement of labor disputes, but that room for cooperation is still there to harmonize the labor law conceptualization in the Republic of Serbia .

10. December 2021.

The Director of the Serbian Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes, Dr Ivica Lazović, was present at the 21st meeting of the Assembly of the Serbian Association of Employers (UPS) held on 10 December 2021. Mr Lazović addressed the attending members of the Association Assembly and reviewed the successful cooperation resulting from commitment of both Mr Atanacković, the previous Association president and Mr Miloš Nenezić, the current President. It was highlighted that there was room for improvement of the cooperation and all Association members were invited to use all resources offered by the Agency. He also thanked the Association members for their contribution to the development of the legal concept of peaceful settlement of labor disputes.

On behalf of the Serbian Association of Employers the President, Miloš Nenezić awarded a Charter of the Serbian Association of Employers to Dr Ivica Lazović, Director of the Serbian Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes. The Assembly meeting was attended by a delegation of the Montenegrin Association of Employers. They were also awarded the UPS Charter as a token of years of friendship and cooperation.

09. December 2021.

On 9 December 2021 the Serbian Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes signed a Memorandum Understanding and Cooperation with the “Initiative for Development and Cooperation” citizen association on implementation of the project entitled „Joint Undertakings of Social Partners for Improvement of Visibility of Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes“, funded by the Olof Palme International Center in partnership with the „Nezavisnost“ (“Independence”) Association of Branch Trade Unions (UGS), Association of Independent Trade Unions of Serbia (SSSS) and Serbian Association of Employers (UPS).

The project includes workshops on peaceful settlement of labor disputes in Novi Pazar, Pančevo, Zrenjanin and Vranje. Drawing up a policy brief on peaceful settlement of labor disputes is planned and so are presentation and distribution of electronic and printed versions of the document. One of the activities will be updating and promotion of the online course on peaceful settlement of labor disputes, organizing meetings aimed at raising awareness of the employees, employers and local decision makers on the concept of peaceful settlement of labor disputes and importance of upgrading of the legislative framework for the peaceful settlement of labor disputes. Finally, the final press conference is planned in Belgrade for the presentation of the policy brief on peaceful settlement of labor disputes including all already implemented activities in the project the implementation of which will continue in the course of 2022.

08. December 2021.

On 8 December 2021 the Director of the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes, Dr Ivica Lazović visited representative trade unions in the Republic of Serbia - „Nezavisnost“ (“Independence”) Association of Branch Trade Unions (UGS) and Association of Independent Trade Unions of Serbia (SSSS) in order to promote cooperation and discuss further activities. At separate meetings, promotion of the concept of peaceful settlement of labor disputes was discussed among the trade union membership as beneficiaries of the Agency services. Experiences and cooperation so far were reviewed. Prospects for upgraded and more intensive cooperation and specialized training courses for the trade union members were also discussed. Distribution of the Agency promotional materials among the trade union membership was agreed on so that they can be better informed on the opportunities available to them in terms of protection of their rights before the Agency. Experience drawn from the cases brought before the Agency was analyzed and it was concluded that the practice so far was the best recommendation for further cooperation, but room for improvement was also identified.

The meeting with the newly elected president, Čedanka Andrić, was held at the premises of the „Nezavisnost“ UGS at Nušićeva 21, while the meeting with the SSSS president, Ljubisav Orbović, was held at the premises of this association at the Nikola Pašić Square.

It was concluded that contribution of representative trade unions in the development of legal concept of peaceful settlement of labor disputes was substantial, and that the Agency has remained the proper address for peaceful settlement of both collective and individual labor disputes taking into account interests of all three parties in the social dialogue – employees, employers and the Republic of Serbia.

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