In the Institute for emergency medical services "Kragujevac", the employees and the management made a joint decision to resolve labor disputes regarding the manner of payment of salaries for the previous period, in a peaceful way in the procedure before the Republic agency for peaceful settlement of labor disputes. With this joint decision, the employees and the management acted in accordance with the recommendation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia that in order to reduce the costs of proceedings, the users of public funds resolve labor disputes peacefully.
174 joint proposals for initiating the procedure of peaceful settlement of labor disputes will be submitted to the Republic agency for peaceful settlement of labor disputes. This is another example of good practice that individual labor disputes are resolved peacefully rather than in court proceedings. In this way, unnecessary court and other costs for both employees and the employer will be avoided, and employees will reach arbitration decisions within 30 days, which are the same legal force as final court judgments.
Through the Republic agency for peaceful settlement of labor disputes in the Clinical hospital center "Zvezdara" on December 4, a collective labor dispute was resolved with the New health union of Serbia and the employer over the implementation of the Special collective agreement for health institutions founded by the Republic of Serbia, autonomous province and local self-government ("Official Gazette of RS" No.106/2018).
A Recommendation on the manner of resolving a collective labor dispute was signed, and on the basis of which an Agreement on the settlement of a collective labor dispute will be drafted, which reached an agreement on all contenious issues. Representatives of the employer in CHC "Zvezdara" and the New trade union of CHC "Zvezdara" showed how the social dialogue between employees and the employer is conducted in the appropriate manner, deciding on the procedure of peaceful resolution of collective labor disputes in accordance with the recommendation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia that disputes sholud be resolved peacefully.
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.