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19 Dec

Owing to the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, an Agreement on PeacefulSettlement of Collective Labour dispute was signed in the Health Centre in Gornji Milanovac on 30November 2017. The issue was resolved within 5 days, after only two meetings of the ConciliationCommittee.

The collective labour dispute over the application of the Special Collective Agreement was initiated by theTrade Union of Health and Social Care ‘Sloga’, in the Health Centre in Gornji Milanovac The subject of thedispute involved the work conditions of the Union, rights of the trade Union representatives and rights of theemployees in the Health Centre Gornji Milanovac.

After the second meeting of the Conciliation Committee, Dragana Miletić, the acting Agent of the Agency,helped in reaching the agreement between the parties of the dispute, and it was concluded peacefully. TheActing Director of the Health Centre-Gornji Milanovac Aleksandar Čivovic, and the president of the TradeUnions ’Sloga’ Divna Simovic Šijakovic, signed the Agreement on the Peaceful Settlement of the CollectiveLabour Dispute.

Representatives of the employer of the Health Centre in Gornji MIlanovac and the Trade Union of Healthand Social Care ‘Sloga’ showed how the social dialogue between the employees and the employer is to beheld in the proper way, deciding on the procedure for peaceful settlement of the collective labour dispute,and in accordance with the recommendation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia to resolve suchdisputes through institutional mechanisms.

13 Dec

At the closing conference of the project ’Social partners together to increase the visibility of extra-judicial protection of labour rights - peaceful settlement of labour disputes’, held on 7 December 2017 in Belgrade in the hotel ‘Serbia’, the results of this project were presented. It was realized by the Citizens Association the Initiative for Development and Cooperation, with the financial support of Solidar Suisse/Swiss Labour Assistance (SLA) - Office in Serbia, and in partnership with the United Trade Unions ‘NEZAVISNOST’, the Association of Independent Trade Unions of Serbia, the Union of Employers of Serbia and supported by the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes.

In addition to presenting the results of the project, the aim of the conference was to emphasize the significance of the institute of peaceful settlement of labour disputes and its advantages in contrast to court settlement of disputes and the importance of amendments to the Law on the Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes.

Representatives of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes held several workshops during this project in 2017, aiming to bring the procedure before the Agency closer to employees and employers, through the presentation of the Agency's work and simulation of the procedure for peaceful settlement of labour disputes. In this way, the social partners gained insight into the process of peaceful settlement of labour disputes and its practical advantages. The workshops were held in Vrsac on October 6, Kragujevac on October 20, Kraljevo on November 3 and Uzice on November 17, 2017.

‘Online’ course for employers was presented at the conference and it can be seen on the following link: www.mrrs.rs. The aim of this course is to get acquainted with the settlement of disputes before the Agency through a short video presentation. After the presentation, a short On-line test can be done in order to check the acquired knowledge through this course.

The smartphone application was also presented, aimed to make the exchange of information for all interested parties easier, for citizens through the possibility of asking questions and initiating the procedure through a mobile phone, but also for conciliators and arbitrators through an expert forum in order to unify the practice. The application will be available for download from the "Google Play Store" and "App Store" by the end of the year.

A Handbook on good practices in peaceful settlement of labour disputes was presented, showing the practice and experience in peaceful settlement of individual and collective labour disputes through the experiences of social partners, the Agency and especially through the practical experience of conciliators and arbiters.

The Director of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour disputes, Mile Radivojević, opened the conference. Miodrag Nedeljković, Executive Director of IDC, Olivera Stepanović from Solidar Suisse/Swiss Labour Assistance (SLA), Nebojša Atanacković, President of the Employers' Union of Serbia, Duško Vuković, vice president of the SSSS Council and Dejan Titović, member of IO UGS ‘Nezavisnost’ also spoke about the results of the project.

24 Nov

Owing to the mediation of the Republic Agency for the Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, the Conciliation Committee, chaired by the conciliator of the Agency, Docent Dr Bojan Urdarević, reached the contents of the Recommendation on the manner of resolving the collective labour dispute in the PE PTT Service ’Serbia’, which made  the reasons for the start of the strike scheduled for 20 November no longer valid.

Two representative trade unions, Trade Unions PTT of Serbia and the Union PE PTT Service ‘Serbia’ Nezavisnost, made a decision to go on strike, which was announced for 20 November 2017.

The aforementioned unions initiated the procedure before the Agency simultaneously, and the employer agreed that the dispute should be resolved peacefully. The parties also agreed on the selection of conciliators. After the first hearing on which a high degree of understanding and tolerance was achieved, there was a Recommendation on the manner of resolving a collective labour dispute which made the reasons for the start of the strike no longer valid.

Representatives of the Trade Union of the PTT Serbia and Trade Union ’Nezavisnost’ of the PE PTT Service ’Serbia’, as well as the management of PE PTT Service ’Serbia’, have showed how to properly lead the social dialogue between employees and employers, opting for a process of peaceful settlement of the collective labour dispute, and in accordance with the recommendation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia to resolve these disputes through institutional mechanisms.

07 Nov

On 24 October 2017, the Union “Nezavisnost” of “Gumoplastika” Ltd Bujanovac made a Decision to go on strike on 31 October 2017. The same Decision stipulated the following strike requests: to annul the decisions on workplace change for two employees, to pay employees’ outstanding salaries and outstanding travelling expenses, to provide heating in the production facility, and to include the Trust of the trade union into the privatization process and the social program.On 31 October 2017, the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes contacted the parties in dispute, which accepted to initiate the procedure of peaceful settlement of collective labour dispute before the Agency. The acting conciliator was prof. dr. Živko Kulić. After the contact with the parties of the dispute, the conciliator scheduled the first hearing for Monday, 6 November 2017, on the premises of the employer.At the first hearing, a Conciliation Committee was formed in accordance with the Law. It included conciliator prof. dr Živko Kulić, the Union representative Slavoljub Ristić and representative of the employer Dejan Stojanović. After the discussion, the Recommendation on the manner of resolving the collective labour dispute was adopted. The Agreement between the trade unions and the employer regarding the manner of resolving the collective labour dispute was concluded on the same day.The aforementioned Agreement covered all strike requests, and the strike was suspended after the successful conciliation and a compromise on 6 November 2017. The employees continued their work the first following workday.

03 Nov

On 2 November 2017 in Podgorica, at the Subregional Conference of the International Labour Organization for Professional Conciliators in the Region, a Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration on Labour Dispute Prevention and Resolution was signed between the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes of the Republika Srpska – Bosnia and Herzegovina, the National Institute for the Conciliation and Arbitration of the Republic of Bulgaria, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the Republic of Macedonia, the Association of Professional Mediators and Arbitrators in Labour Disputes of the Republic of Macedonia, the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes of Montenegro, the Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth of the Republic of Albania, the Ministry of Public Consultation and Social Dialogue, the Directorate for Social Dialogue in Romania and the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes of the Republic of Serbia.The mentioned Memorandum was signed for the purpose of improving professional development and cooperation among the parties responsible for the effective prevention and settlement of labour disputes and in order to establish the conditions under which the parties will further agree on cooperation.The key forms of cooperation, regulated by the Memorandum of Cooperation, include the exchange of information, documentation and publications on issues related to the prevention and settlement of labour disputes, bilateral or mutilateral engagement in capacity building, raising of awareness and training activities on issues that refer to the prevention and resolution of labour disputes, as well as the exchange of knowledge, good practice, experience and experts in relevant subjects.The Memorandum is expected to come into force at the time of signing thereof by all responsible parties and will last until the termination in accordance with the terms and conditions contained in the Memorandum.

31 Oct

On 26 October 2017, the Government of the Republic of Serbia, based on the proposal of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, adopted the Conclusion, recommending the possibility of participation of conciliators in collective negotiation when concluding collective agreements in accordance with the law regulating the field of peaceful settlement of labour disputes. The Recommendation refers to statutory authorities, the autonomous province and local self-government units, other authorities and organizations established by the Republic of Serbia, the autonomous province or a local self-government unit, public agencies and organizations subject to the regulations on public agencies, public services financed from the budget of the Republic of Serbia, the autonomous province and the local self-government units, i.e. from contributions for compulsory social insurance, as well as public enterprises and for-profit corporations founded by the Republic of Serbia, the autonomous province or the local self-government unit and the for-profit corportions whose founder is a public company.Also, the Government recommended that the authorized representatives of the aforementioned institutions inform their representatives in collective negotiation about the possibility of entering a clause into collective agreements to resolve labour disputes in accordance with the law regulating the field of peaceful settlement of labour disputes.The main reason for drawing this conclusion is the need to refer the recommendation to state authorities, to use the possibility of the participation of conciliators in collective negotiation when concluding collective agreements in accordance with the Law on Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, which would result in savings of budget funds by preventing collective labour disputes and reducing the number of these disputes before the courts.A large number of collective agreements were concluded for three years in the period from July 2014 to January 2015. The agreement period is currently expiring, and collective negotiations are and will be conducted with the aim of concluding collective agreements with a new period of validity.The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes pursuant to Article 16 of the Law on the Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes may provide participation of a conciliator in collective negotiating, which participates in the proces of negotiating, indicates to participants proposals that are not in accordance with the law and other regulations and provides participants with professional and other assistance, which contributes to the quality of the text of collective agreements. Also, collective agreements contain provisions on ways of resolving labour disputes, where it often happens that the possibility of settling labour disputes in accordance with the law regulating the field of peaceful settlement of disputes is not recognized and consequently arranged, which often results in expensive court procedures, and most often burdens the budget of the Republic of Serbia. With this recommendation, the courts will be relieved and the budgetary resources of the Republic of Serbia will be saved.This Conclusion was published in the “Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No. 96/2017, 27 October 2017.

04 Oct

On September 4, 2017, the Trade Union of the Food Processing and Catering School in Čačak launched a strike on the occasion of the dismissal of the Principal and the introduction of temporary injunctions by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, after the special control of the Educational Inspection.The Trade Union of the Food Processing and Catering School in Čačak addressed the Republic Agency for the Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes on 12 September 2017 with the Proposal for initiating the procedure for resolving the collective labour dispute. The strike was organized by the Union with a request to abolish the decisions of the Ministry of Education which replaced the Principal, i.e. appointed acting Principal, as well as the dismissal of the School Board and the election of the interim School Board until the end of the provisional measures.On September 14, 2017, the Agency appointed Dragana Miletić as a conciliator in a collective labour dispute, who, in accordance with the law, formed a Conciliation Committee composed of the representative of the Trade Union, the employer and the founder.Following two debates, on 29 September 2017, the Conciliation Committee adopted the Recommendation on the manner of ending the dispute, on the basis of which the Agreement was signed on 3 October 2017. Subsequently, the conditions were made to end the strike, on the basis of the agreement of the interested parties.The agreement arranged that the Assembly of the City of Čačak will appoint the School Board no later than October 25, 2017, and that the newly appointed School Board will advertise a vacancy for school Principal within the legal deadline, and that the Ministry of Education will respect the School Board’s will on the election of the Principal who meets the conditions for performing this function according to the Law on the Basis of the Education and Educational System.After the signing of the Agreement by the representatives of the Trade Unions, the employer and the founder, the strike was successfully concluded with the participation of the conciliator of the Republic Agency for the Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, and the teaching process was normalized on October 4, 2017.On account of this Agreement, the solidarity strike announced for 6 October in other schools in Čačak was cancelled.

25 Sep

The second interactive seminar of The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes for mediators and arbiters in 2017, within the framework of the Special Programme for the Training of Mediators and Arbiters, was held on 22 September 2017, starting at 10 a.m. in Belgrade, at the Palace of Serbia.The Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, Zoran Đorđević opened The Second Interactive Seminar of The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes and announced that the Government of the Republic of Serbia will give more importance to the work of the Agency in the future, so that all employees and employers in the country get acquainted with the results of the work of its mediators and arbiters.Following the introductory speech of the Director of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, Mile Radivojević, the Director of International Labour Organisation for Central and Eastern Europe, Marcus Pilgrim addressed mediators and arbiters. He said that the Rapublic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes is a good example to the agencies in the region and reminded that it reduces costs regarding labour disputes, but at the same time ensures social cohesion and peace.After the opening of the training, mediators and arbiters had the opportunity to get acquainted with the case law in the area of collective labour disputes, discussed by Lidija Đukic, a judge of the Supreme Court of Cassation, as well as the current situation and assumptions for further social dialogue in Serbia, discussed by Assosiate Professor Snežana Lakićević from the Faculty of Law, University “Union” in Belgrade. This seminar was concluded by a case study on the peaceful settlement of collective labour disputes, presented by Dr. Živko Kulić, the mediator, arbiter and dean of the Faculty of Law, the University “John Nezbit”.

19 Sep

Belgrade, September 19, 2017 – The management and employees of Rail Vehicles Factory “Goša” from Smederevska Palanka concluded the Agreement on termination of collective labour dispute in the presence of the conciliator of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, prof. Dr Živko Kulić, which formally ended a five-month strike. The agreement was signed by the President of the Strike Committee Milan Vujičić and the General Manager Milutin Šćepanović.The agreement resolved all the issues between the employer and the Strike Committee, i.e. the continuation of the interrupted work process, the dynamics and method of payment of unpaid salaries as well as loan restructuring for payment of contributions on the basis of pension, disability and health insurance etc. The agreement came into effect on the day of the conclusion.

25 Jul

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, Ana Brnabić, recommended the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes as an institutional mechanism for settlement of labour disputes at the press conference, on the occasion of signing of the Agreement between ‘FIAT Automobiles Serbia’ and the Independent Trade Union FCA, which ended the strike and formally reached the agreement on the conditions of continuing operations.[embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWv8qcG-F58[/embedyt]The Government of the Republic of Serbia intervened in ‘FIAT Automobiles Serbia’ to reach an agreement, in order to avoid a complete stoppage of production in a company employing more than 2,500 workers, and prevent the GDP, exports and subcontractors from suffering as well. However, for all other similar disputes, as stated, there is an institutional mechanism, which is the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes. She emphasised that this was a non-institutional mechanism because of the entire situation, but she recommended that in all other situations we return to the institutions responsible for the case, namely the Agency, as the only proper way to resolve such disputes.

18 Jul

Belgrade, July 18, 2017 – The management and employees of Rail Vehicles Factory “Goša” from Smederevska Palanka decided to settle their labour dispute with the employer in a peaceful manner.A joint Proposal was submitted to the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes to initiate a procedure for peaceful settlement of a labour dispute between the employer and the strike committee in ‘’Goša’’ from Smederevska Palanka, on the occasion of a strike with an employer which had lasted in the company for a long time.Prof. Dr Živko Kulić, has been designated as the assigned conciliator in this case, who is registered in the Directory of Conciliators and Arbiters of the Agency.

01 Jun

 The Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs in cooperation with the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, organizes round tables in the framework of implementing the public discussion on the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, which will be held from 31 May to 20 June 2017.The round tables will be held in Belgrade on 8 June 2017, in Nis on 12 June 2017 and in Novi Sad, 14 June 2017.All the interested in attendance at round tables can apply via e-mail: rad@minrzs.gov.rs until Sunday, 4 June 2017 at the latest. It is necessary that the application states the name and surname, as well as the institution where the person comes from and the phone number. Given the limited number of places in halls where the public hearings are held, the advantage will be given to persons in order of registration on which they will be informed by telephone.An integral part of this public invitation is a Program of public discussion with the text of the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, on the grounds specified by the Committee for Economy and Finance.

18 May

A collective labour dispute between the Public Media Institution RTS and RTS ‘Independence’ trade union is led before the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes. The subject of the dispute is the strike against the employer. The process is initiated ex officio, at the proposal of the Union, bearing in mind that the employer’s activity is of public interest, due to which the parties to the dispute are obliged to start executing the collective labour dispute.Namely, after the decision to go on a warning strike and starting the process of peaceful settlement of collective labour disputes, a Conciliation Committee was formed. After having the first hearing, the union decided not to keep previously announced one-hour work stoppage and to continue negotiations before the Committee.The Chairman of the Committee is prof. Dr Živko Kulić, registered in the Directory of Conciliators and Arbite

19 Apr

At the 68th regular session of the Social and Economic Council of the Republic of Serbia, on Tuesday, 18 April 2017, the Report on the Work of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes in 2016 was discussed.The Law on Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes stipulates that the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes at the request of the Social Economic Council of the Republic of Serbia is to submit information regarding the record keeping data, as well as information on other issues of importance for the actions of peaceful settlement labour disputes. However, this had not been the practice, so a report on the work of the Agency was requested based on the conclusion of the meeting of the Permanent Committee for collective negotiation and the peaceful settlement of labour disputes Social and Economic Council of the Republic of Serbia. The report was discussed at this session and positively evaluated.The session was presided by the Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin, and in his capacity as rapporteur the Director of the Agency Mile Radivojević.

10 Apr

The Management of the Public Enterprise “Post of Serbia” has given approval to a collective labour dispute with the Union of PTT of Serbia in order for the strike to be resolved peacefully in the proceedings before the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes and has agreed with the proposal of a Trade Union that the conciliator should be docent dr Bojan Urdarević.The Trade Union of the PTT of Serbia initiated the conciliation procedure before the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes regarding the strike dispute. The Main Board of the Union decided to go on a warning strike on 19 April, since the PE “Post of Serbia” is required by the law to carry out activities in the public interest and that they are legally bound to respect the minimum work process. The Union of PTT of Serbia, among other things, requires the return of earnings to the level before October 28, 2014, the abolition of the Regulation on the prohibition of public sector employment, respect for the law and the collective agreement for PE “Post of Serbia”, annulment of the decision for the removal of paid leave days and the ways of using annual leaves. It also requires the resolution of the status and raising of labour costs for workers who work under a contract of temporary work.The director of the “Post of Serbia” and the Union of PTT of Serbia representatives have showed how to properly lead the social dialogue between employees and employers, opting for a process of peaceful settlement of the collective labour dispute. In accordance with the recommendation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, the enterprises which are funded by public are to resolve labour disputes before the Agency in order to reduce the cost of procedures.

11 Mar

The first interactive seminar for mediators and arbiters of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour disputes in 2017, within the framework of the Special Programme for the Training of Mediators and Arbiters, was held on 10 March 2017, starting at 10 a.m. in Belgrade at the Palace of Serbia.The Seminar was organized for the purpose of professional development of conciliators and arbiters in the field of discrimination and maltreatment at work as an essential prerequisite for the efficient functioning of legal and labour related protection.After the introductory speech of the Director of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, Mile Radivojević and the Deputy Director Ivica Lazović, mediators and arbiters were informed on the most common difficulties in the processing of mobbing in the judicial practice, which was discussed by Radmila Radić, a president of the Trial Civil Department of the Higher Court in Belgrade. A lecture on the theme ‘’How to Recognize Mobbing’’ was held by Olga Vučković Kićanović from the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, followed by a discussion on the subject. After this, Dr. Marjana Trkulja from the Ambulance for Mobbing and Stress at Work of the Serbian Institute of Occupational Health talked about psychological and health consequences of maltreatment at work and cases of mobbing in medical practice. The seminar ended with a targeted interactive interview in which the present arbitrators shared their own practical experiences in procedures related to maltreatment and discrimination at work and the practical possibilities of an amicable settlements of such disputes. Prof.Dr Živko Kulić, Dejan Spasojević Ivančić and Igor Kokanović shared their experiences with the objective of further work improvement and harmonization of the practice.

08 Feb

Management of the Public Utility Company ’Put’ Novi Sad has decided that labour disputes with employees, regarding the payments for jubilee awards and recourse for the previous period, will be resolved amicably in the proceedings before the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes. This decision was fully in accordance with the recommendation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia that in order to save the costs of procedures, the users of public funds resolve labour disputes before the Agency.Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes received a total of 504 employees’ proposals in the Public Utility Company ’Put’ Novi Sad to resolve their labour dispute by arbiters from the Agency.After the approval by the management board of Public Utility Company ‘Put’ Novi Sad, from the list of mediators and arbiters of the Agency, the arbitrators for leading such procedures are-Dejan Spasojević Ivančić, Jovica Rašeta, Goran Kljajić, Ankica Kurjački, Kristina Blažić and Verica Hrnčjar.This is an example of good practice that individual labour disputes are settled peacefully, rather than in court proceedings. In this way all the unnecessary costs and expenses for both employees and the employers will be avoided, and employees will obtain arbitration decisions that are of the same legal force as the final court judgment within 30 days.

17 Dec

International Labour Organisation organized a tripartite workshop on amendments of the Law on Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes as part of the support to the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes. The workshop was organized in hotel “Sloboda” in Šabac on 15th and 16th December with the participation of the social partners – the Union of Employers of Serbia, “Nezavisnost” TUC, the Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia. Beside social partners, the workshop was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, as well as representatives of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes. Zdenka Burzan, Director of the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes Montenegro, was a guest at the workshop. The workshop was attended by Cristina Mihes, senior specialist in social dialogue, and Jovan Protić, national coordinator of the ILO, as representatives of the International Labour Organisation.The Working Group for the preparation of the Draft Law on Amendments of the Law on Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes presented to the ILO experts with the solutions created through several months of work. The solutions were prepared in draft version of the Law, in order to improve the institution of peaceful settlement of labour disputes and overcome the problems indicated by a ten-year practice in the work of mediators and arbiters.Experts of the International Labour Organization indicated the comparative experience to the participants of the tripartite workshop and gave comments on the proposed solutions in the Draft Law, with which they will gain improved text coordinated with the comparative practice.

06 Dec

The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes participated in a Roundtable on the topic “Social Dialogue between Trade Unions and Employers in Serbia and the Role of the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes” organized by the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, together with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Zrenjanin, which was held on 5 December 2016, at the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Zrenjanin.The Roundtable was organized in order to promote social dialogue in the Republic of Serbia, with special emphasis on the establishment and development of social dialogue in the business organizations.The Director of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, Mile Radivojević, informed the attendees about the benefits of the peaceful settlement of labour disputes and the role of the Agency in the early collective disputes.The Round table in Zrenjanin is the second in a series of such activities that are organized in several cities in order to promote social dialogue and the peaceful settlement of labour disputes.

05 Dec

The third interactive seminar of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes for mediators and arbiters in 2016, planned within the framework of the Special Programme for the Training of Mediators and Arbiters, was held on 5 December 2016, starting at 10 a.m. in Belgrade, at the Palace of Serbia.The Seminar was organized for the purpose of professional development of mediators and arbiters as the key requirement for the efficient functioning of the legal and labour related protection and improvement of social dialogue.After the introductory speech of the Director of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, Mile Radivojević mediators and arbiters were informed on the most common dilemmas in the judicial practice of labour disputes discussed by a judge of the Supreme Court of Cassation Predrag Trifunović. A lecture on the theme Cancellation of the employment contract was held by Ljubinka Kovačević, Ph.D., from the Faculty of Law in Belgrade and further cooperation between two institutions has been announced within the signed agreement on cooperation. Tanja Kljun from the Ministry of Interior held a lecture on the topic “Negotiation Skills in Practice”.[gallery columns="2" ids="1115,1113"]At the end of the seminar, representatives of the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes presented together with representatives of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on the peaceful settlement of labor disputes with a discussion on proposed solutions. Present mediator and arbitres were asigned with the manual of International Labour Organisation – Profesional mediation in collective labour disputes.

01 Dec

The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes and the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, signed an agreement on cooperation on Wednesday, 30th November 2016.The aim of this agreement is to establish cooperation between the signatories that will contribute to the development, improvement and strengthening of educational, scientific and research capacities of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes and the Faculty of Law.Also, the agreement is the basis which will enable additional training of mediators and arbiters, as well as the promotion of the institution of the peaceful settlement of labour disputes among students and the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes. It will also enable further strengthening of the human resources potential, as well as visibility and promotion of the benefits of the institute.The agreement was signed by Dr Sima Avramović, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade and Mile Radivojević, Director of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes.

14 Nov

The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes participated in a round table on topic “Social dialogue between trade unions and employers in Serbia and the role of the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes” organized by the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, together with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia and the Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Subotica, which was held on 14th November 2016 in the premises of the Regional chamber.The round table was organized in order to promote social dialogue in the Republic of Serbia, with special emphasis on the establishment and development of social dialogue in business organisations.The Director of the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, Mile Radivojević, pointed out the benefits of peaceful settlement of labour disputes, especially in the collective labour dispute when a common solution is found. This is a solution which means that both trade unions and employers have found common ground and reached the solution that is mutually acceptable – said Radivojević.The round table in Subotica is the first in a series of such activities to be organized in several cities in the forthcoming period in order to promote social dialogue and peaceful settlement of labour disputes.

09 Nov

On 9th November in Valjevo in the premises of AMSS workshop “Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes in Practice” was held. In the workshop the representatives of the Agency, the conciliators and arbitrators, together with representatives of employers and trade unions pointed out the advantages of the Institute of peaceful settlement of labour disputes compared to proceedings before court.The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour disputes has cooperated for the third time this year with the NGO Initiative for Development and Cooperation, as a part of the project “Social partners together for the improvement of labour legislation in Serbia”, implemented with the financial support of Solidar Suisse / Swiss Labour Assistance (SLA) – the Office in Serbia, in partnership with ‘Nezavisnost’ trade union, the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia, the Union of Employers of Serbia familiarized representatives of trade unions and employers in Valjevo with the institute of peaceful settlement of labour disputes. Aleksandra Vitorović and Sladjana Kiković spoke in front of the ‘Nezavisnost’ trade union about the amicable settlement of labour disputes, Ivica Lazović, the Deputy Director of the Agency, spoke about the Agency’s practice, and specific procedures were simulated by the conciliators and arbiters Dr Živko Kulić, Vera Kondić and Danijela Koštan Kovačević.

01 Nov

On Monday, 31st October, the second workshop ’Peaceful Settlement for Labour Disputes’ was held at the Regional Centre for Professional Development in Smederevo. At the workshop, representatives of the Agency, conciliators and arbiters, together with representatives of employers and trade unions pointed to the advantages of the institute of peaceful settlement of labour disputes compared to the proceedings before the court.The workshop is part of the project “Social partners together for the improvement of labour legislation in Serbia”, realized by the Association of Citizens Initiative for Development and Cooperation, with the financial support of Solidar Suisse / Swiss Labour Assistance (SLA) – Office in Serbia, in partnership with “Nezavisnost” Trade Union Confederation, Union of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia, the Union of Employers of Serbia and with the support of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes. Peaceful settlement of labour disputes was further discussed by Nađa Gojović, Ivica Lazović, Deputy Director of the Agency, and specific procedures were simulated by the conciliators and arbiters Vera Kondić and Danijela Kovačević Koštan.

28 Oct

On Friday, 28th October, at 11 am, in Hall 1A of the Belgrade Fair, at the stand of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes held a panel discussion called Mobbing- violence in labour relations. The speakers were Olga Kićanović-independent adviser of the Agency and mediators and arbiters Prof. Dr Živko Kulić and Prof. Dr. Zoran Radulovic with the possibility of asking questions directly to conciliators, arbiters and representatives of the Agency.Prof. Dr. Zoran Radulović clarified in his exposition the phenomenon of violence in labour relations and the importance of peaceful settlement of labour disputes, while Prof. Dr. Živko Kulić spoke about the practical aspects of resolving such labour disputes, as well as the examples of good practice.Raising awareness about the existence and culpability of mobbing, prevention and protection from abuse at work and the importance of affirmation of peaceful settlement of labour disputes as an adequate alternative to court proceedings were once again emphasized on this panel discussion.