“One-third of the employees in Serbia are denied labour rights and social security, one quarter are financially and materially endangered, while as many as half of the workers are the only ones in the family who have a job,” said Zoran Stojiljkovic, president of the Nezavisnost Trade Union Association.
“If we add to this number the unemployed who are actively looking for work, i.e. accepting temporary and voluntary jobs, employees and pensioners who have to supplement their insufficient income by working in the shadow economy, the number would be higher than the estimated one million precarious workers,” Stojiljkovic warns.
In Serbia, 114,000 workers do not have pension insurance, while 115,900 workers are without health insurance, according to the 2020 Labour Force Survey of the State Statistical Office (RZS). According to RSZ data, 154,200 employees are not entitled to paid sick leave and as many as 161,600 workers are not entitled to paid annual leave.
The number of precarious workers has been on increasing and these are people who mainly engaged in temporary or casual work.
“The so-called flexible hiring of workers is actually a way of reducing labour costs, increasing competitiveness and facilitating human resource management. What these ‘conditions’ manage to create are precarious workers. It could be said that today we are creating an infinitely adaptable and identity-free MP3 worker, with whom you can do whatever you want,” Stojiljkovic adds.
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