Activities

19. April 2017.

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. April 2017.

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. March 2017.

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. February 2017.

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. December 2016.

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. December 2016.

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. December 2016.

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. December 2016.

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. November 2016.

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. November 2016.

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. November 2016.

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. October 2016.

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.

24. October 2016.

The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes is participating this year in the 61st International Belgrade Book Fair. With the support of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, at the stand of the Ministry, representatives of the Agency will inform visitors daily at the information desk about the competencies and experience from the practice in the Agency’s work.Starting from the strategic orientation of the Agency to improve social dialogue, to prevent and reduce the number of strikes, to provide free and effective access to justice and the right to work in dignity, visitors will also get precise information on individual and collective labour disputes that can be resolved in the procedure before the Agency, within the legal deadline of one month.In addition, all interested parties are invited to attend the panel discussion 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 experienced mediators and arbiters of the Agency Prof. Dr Živko Kulić, Dr Zoran Radulović and Olga Vučkovic Kićanović-independent adviser in the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes shall speak on the topic of “Mobbing, violence in labour relations.”

22. October 2016.

The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes participated in a regional conference on the theme: ”Effective Mechanisms of Labour Dispute Resolution” and in the First annual meeting of the regional networks of agencies for the peaceful settlement of labour disputes organized by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and with the support of the European Union, which was held in Ohrid from 17th to 21st October 2016.Apart from the representatives and experts of the ILO, the conference was also attended by representatives of ministries of labour and employment, representative social partners (trade unions and employers’ organizations) and the Agencies for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes from the region: Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia (Republic of Srpska, the Federation and Brčko District), Montenegro and Albania, as well as representatives of the EU member states – Ireland, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania.The delegation of the Republic of Serbia was comprised of representatives of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, representative trade unions, the Union of Employers of Serbia and the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes.During this period, an overview of policy of participating countries in this area was presented; the experiences in the operation of the national agencies for the peaceful settlement of labour disputes were discussed, and a global survey conducted within the ILO on the topic of resolving individual labour disputes was presented.On examples of practice in Ireland, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, participants noted some problems and obstacles to greater and more effective inclusion of mediation, conciliation and arbitration in the settlement of labour disputes, with the aim to reduce the workload of courts, and the costs of shortening the process of settlement of labour disputes, which is in the interest of both employees and employers.The assessment of the situation in the field of labour disputes in the Republic of Serbia was given, as well as the normative framework for the functioning of the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, achievements and observed problems and deficiencies. Special importance was given to the role of social dialogue, i.e. representative social partners in design and implementation of the policy of peaceful settlement of labour disputes.At the end of the meeting the brochure “Practical Guide of the ILO for Professional Mediators” was promoted and its copies will be available to all mediators and arbitrators of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes.

01. October 2016.

The second interactive seminar of The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes for mediators and arbiters in the year 2016, within the framework of the Special Programme for the Training of Mediators and Arbiters, was held on 30th September 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 as well as the improvement and acquisition of attendants’ knowledge and skills regarding individual labour disputes and acquisition of the necessary knowledge and skills for the realization of successful communication.After the introductory speech of the Director of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, Mile Radivojević and the Deputy Director Ivica Lazovic, mediators and arbiters were informed on the theme of communication in the practice of mediators and arbiters discussed by Ivan Milošević, a public relations expert. Lidija Đukić, a judge of the Supreme Court of Cassation shared her practical experiences in the field of individual labour disputes in the case law, but all the participants made their contributions through the exchange of experiences and active participation, since the main idea of the seminar was to indicate the practical experiences and problems in the implementation of the Law on the Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes in practice and find common ways to overcome the problems with the objective of further work improvement and harmonization of the practice.Dragica Mišljenović, a senior adviser for legislative and legal affairs at ’Nezavisnost’ trade union talked about individual labour disputes in union practice, after which Jesenka Čvoro from the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs opened a debate on the amendments on the Law for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, where all the participants actively participated by giving suggestions regarding the implementation of new solutions in practice.

27. September 2016.

During the next month, representatives of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes will visit, together with their social partners, several cities in Serbia, where they will get acquainted with local employers and employees through talking and procedure simulations with the advantages of mediation in labour disputes.On Wednesday, 28th September at the Park Hotel in Ruma a workshop ‘’Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes in Practice” will be held, on which the representatives of the Agency, mediators and arbiters, together with representatives of employers and trade unions, will point out the advantages of the institute of peaceful settlement of labour disputes compared to court proceedings.The discussion will focus on the negative effects of the strike, mobbing, as well as the importance of the planned amendments to the Law on peaceful settlement of labour which are meant to emphasize the actual effects of the decisions derived from the proceedings before the Agency.With a short presentation of the institute, through the simulation of the process, which aims to familiarize the employers and employees with the proceedings before the Agency, with the possibility of asking questions directly to conciliators, arbiters and representatives of the Agency, the stakeholders will gain insight into the process of peaceful settlement of the labour disputes and its advantages.The workshop is a part of the project “Social partners together for the improvement of labour legislation in Serbia”, implemented by the Association of Citizens-Initiative for Development and Cooperation, 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 and with the support of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes. Ivica Lazović, the Deputy Director of the Agency, will speak more about the amicable settlement of labour disputes and specific procedures will be simulated by the conciliators and arbiters Dr Živko Kulić, Vera Kondić and Danijela Koštan Kovačević.After Ruma, the workshops are planned to be held in Smederevo and Valjevo.This type of training of local entrepreneurs and employees has achieved good results in towns where similar workshops have been held in the previous period (Paraćin, Jagodina, Kruševac, Novi Sad).The opportunity to participate in the workshop is given to all the interested parties, especially local employers and employees, as well as associations of citizens and representatives of the local government.

07. September 2016.

Competition for the selection of 10 conciliators and arbiters, for which the submission deadline expired on 21st August, received a total of 31 timely applications. The Committee for the selection of conciliators and arbiters chosen at the proposal of Social and Economic Council of the Republic of Serbia, of representatives of the representative unions – the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia and ’’Nezavisnost’’ TUC, the Union of Employers of Serbia and representatives of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, had a task to decide and choose ten conciliators and arbiters.By unanimous decision of the Committee:1. The following candidates have been elected for conciliators:1. Ružica Erceg, Bachelor of Law from Belgrade;2. Bojana Potežica, Bachelor of Law from Belgrade;3. Dr Danilo Rončević, Bachelor of Law from Belgrade.2. The following candidates have been elected for conciliators and arbiters:1. Aleksandra Ćalić Bošković, Bachelor of Law from Belgrade;2. Srđan Dobrica, Bachelor of Law from Belgrade;3. Nataša Arsić Jelić, Bachelor of Law from Belgrade;4. Draško Veličković, Bachelor of Law from Kraljevo;5. Kristina Blažić, Bachelor of Law from Novi Sad;6. Goran Kljajić, Bachelor of Law from Novi Sad;7. Ankica Kurjački, Bachelor of Law from Novi Sad.The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes would like to thank all the candidates for their interest and applying for the position of conciliators and arbiters. Based on the decision of the Committee, the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes will make a Decision on registration of the elected candidates in the Register of conciliators and arbiters, which will be published in the ’’Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia’’ at the earliest.

07. July 2016.

On 7th July 2016, the ILO delegation composed of Cristina Mihes, senior specialist in social dialogue and labour legislation ILO, Susanne M. Nielsen, Chief Technical Advisor and Jovan Protić, national coordinator of the ILO visited the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes. On the occasion they presented the project of the ILO “Platform for Employment and Social Affairs”.This regional project is funded by the European Commission and implemented jointly by the ILO and regional agencies for the peaceful settlement of labour disputes. The project, whose implementation started in 2016 and will last for three years, has the aim of strengthening regional cooperation and institutional capacities of national administrations and organizations of employers and employees, which will enable them to develop and effectively implement reforms in the labour market and in social policy in the process of EU enlargement.Current cooperation of the ILO with the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes of the Republic of Serbia were discussed at the meeting and further directions for cooperation and affirmation of alternative forms of solving labour disputes were identified.

24. June 2016.

On 24th June 2016, the Independent Union of Postal Workers of the Serbian Post Office Public Enterprise, made a decision to withdraw from the strike which started on 21st June 2016. The strike demands regarded an increase and payment of earnings from profit, a change of legal and labour status of individual employees, ensuring the optimal number of employees, solving housing needs and certain job cuts.Bearing in mind that the main business of the said public company is in the public interest and in accordance with the law governing the entitlement to strike, the proceedings for resolving a collective labour dispute amicably was initiated ex officio before the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes. The proceeding was led by the conciliator of the Agency, Srđan Dobrica.The Conciliation Committee, chaired by the conciliator, comprised of representatives of trade unions and the management, discussed all the issues. In a constructive atmosphere and full confidence in the outcome of the proceedings and after only a single meeting, the union issued a decision on withdrawal from the strike and cancellation of previously scheduled public gatherings. This is an example of good practice, which shows a number of advantages of the Institute of peaceful settlement of the collective labour disputes before the Agency, and above all, saving time and money, considering that the procedure is free for all participants.

17. June 2016.

Belgrade, 17th June 2016 – Management and employees of the PUE City Markets Kragujevac accepted the recommendation of the Government of the Republic of Serbia and decided that its labour dispute regarding meal allowances compensation and non-payment of recourse for the previous period should be resolved peacefully before the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes.The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes has received the joint proposal of the employer and the employees that their disagreements on meal allowances and non-payment of recourse for the previous period are to be resolved by an arbiter from the Agency. They agreed in advance with the selection of an arbiter who will conduct these procedures and Milun Petković from Kragujevac is designated as the arbiter chosen from the Agency’s list of mediators and arbiters. The Agency has so far received 134 proposals for the initiaton of the proceedings for peaceful settlement of the disputes regarding meal allowances and recourse in the period from 21st June 2013 to 29th January 2015.This is an example of good practice that individual labour disputes are settled peacefully, rather than in court proceedings, for in this way unnecessary costs and expenses will be avoided. Proceedings before The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes are free of charge for the parties in dispute and according to law, should be completed within 30 days.

30. April 2016.

On 29th April 2016, Minister for Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs Aleksandar Vulin visited the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes and SOS mobbing line and expressed the view that the Ministry is trying to help its users in all of its departments, whether it is the Disability and Pension Fund, the National Agency for Employment or the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes.Minister Vulin expressed his conviction that the SOS mobbing line is a way to bring services closer to all people. He considers that in this way the public can have some issues and problems explained and resolved.According to the Minister, the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes has not been sufficiently recognized in the last years, although it has a very important role, and expressed his expectation that soon with the Amendments of the Law on Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes the role of the Agency will be set differently. However, he emphasized that until this happens, the Agency must be available to each person, and the SOS mobbing phone line is a way to find out more about the mobbing phenomenon, to leave the possibility to defend the employee and find out when something unwanted is happening. The Minister urged the public to use the free SOS mobbing line as often as possible.Minister Vulin thinks that the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes proved very effective as an organization that is able to help both the employer and the employee, when problems occur in the company.The director of the Agency, Mile Radivojević, stated that in less than a month of working, the free telephone SOS mobbing service received a total of 308 calls from citizens, of whom 30 used the opportunity for discussion and consultation with the lawyers of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes.According to him, people from a landline phone will get, by calling the toll-free number 0800-300-601 and selecting the appropriate numbers from 1 to 5, the accurate information about what mobbing is and what actions it implies and which models of protection from mobbing there are in the legal system of the Republic of Serbia.The director of the Agency pointed out that the procedure before the Agency, which is free for the employer and the employee lasts up to 30 days, unlike court proceedings that last for several years.Furthermore, SOS mobbing service is available to citizens 24 hours a day, while talking with the legal department of the Agency is possible from 07.30 to 15.30, by calling the number 0800-300-601 and pressing the number 0.

20. April 2016.

On the 19th April 2016, in MP Club in Belgrade the first meeting of the Working Group was held to prepare the Draft Law on Amendments of the Law on Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes. At the initiative of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs established the Working roup to prepare the Draft Law on Amendments of the Law on Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes. The Working Group has the task of preparing a preliminary version of the Draft Law, in order to improve the institution of peaceful settlement of labour disputes and overcome the problems indicated by the ten-year practice in work of mediators and arbiters. The aim of the law change is the empowerment of alternative ways of settlement of labour disputes and its effects, as well as strengthening the role of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes in order to become the leading institution of harmonization of relations between the social partners and the advocate of social peace and the right to dignified work.The Working Group includes representatives of the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs and the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes, Ministry of Justice, representative trade unions – the Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia and Nezavisnost TUC, The Association of Employers, prominent experts in this field, and if necessary, the working Group will bring together representatives of other institutions, as well as experts, advisors and consultants who have the knowledge relevant to the preparation of a preliminary version of the Draft Law on amendments to the Law on Peaceful Settlement of Labor Disputes.Working Group is obliged to prepare the Draft Law on amendments of the Law on Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes by the end of December 2016.

26. March 2016.

The first interactive seminar of The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes for mediators and arbiters in the year 2016, within the framework of the Special Programme for the Training of Mediators and Arbiters, was held on 25th March 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 of the most common dilemmas in the field of collective bargaining, discussed by Dragana Kralj from the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs. After this, a mediator and arbiter Dr Živko Kulić opened a debate on practical examples and issues in settlement of collective labour disputes.[gallery columns="4" link="file" ids="1044,1043,1046,1042"]Snežana Andrejević, a judge of the Supreme Court of Cassation gave a lecture on the case law in the field of labour disputes, while Snežana Bogdanović and Danijela Rajković from the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs spoke about the practical aspects of the settlements in individual labour disputes. A mediator and arbiter Dejana Spasojević Ivančić shared her practical experiences in the field of individual labour disputes, but all the participants made their contributions through the exchange of experiences and active participation, since the main idea of the seminar was to indicate the practical experiences and problems in the implementation of the Law on the Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes in practice and find common ways to overcome the problems with the objective of further work improvement and harmonization of practice.

20. March 2016.

Through the mediation of the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes employees and administration of Radio Television Kragujevac have today concluded an agreement which ended the collective labour dispute over unpaid wages and contributions.Representatives of the employees and employers have signed an agreement under which the conditions were met for the employees to return to work and Radio Television Kragujevac to continue with an efficient operation and broadcasting.The conciliation procedure was initiated by the employer, with the consent of the other party and doc. Dr. Bojan Urdarević was appointed as the conciliator.The conciliator formed The Conciliation Committee, which consisted of delegated representatives of workers, the employer and the conciliator.Only two days after the first hearing was held, the conciliator has made the Recommendation, according to which the agreement was signed between the employees and the employer and which ended the dispute in the best possible way.Upon the issue of the Recommendation and the signing of the Agreement, the conditions for continuation of the efficient functioning of RT Kragujevac were met, to the satisfaction of both parties in the dispute.The director of `RT Kragujevac’ and union representatives showed how to properly discuss social issues between employees and employers, opting for a process of peaceful settlement of the collective labour dispute, instead of a long and costly litigation.

18. March 2016.

The Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes and the Human Resource Management Service signed a Cooperation Agreement on 17th March 2016, which has enabled conciliators and arbitrators to further develop their skills in the areas relevant for the institute of peaceful settlement of labour disputes. By participating in the trainings conducted by the Human Resources, the Republic Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Labour Disputes further strengthens its human resource potential and contributes to the strengthening of the visibility and promoting the benefits of this institute.In addition to the adopted Programme of Professional Training, which provides mandatory in-house training, voluntary external trainings contribute to the possibilities for further development. The Agreement also provides that mediators and arbitrators as lecturers share their practical experiences in the field of labour disputes, which will contribute to prevention of labor disputes in the public sector. Trainings overview organized by the Human Resources can be found on the web site www.suk.gov.rs