What’s going on with the Serbian electronics retailer WinWin? Rumour has it that, after several months of agony and obscure maneuvers, over hundred workers have been laid off.
“The company was bought by Tehnomanija , while WinWin is also the owner of the companies Emmi and Retail. In order to avoid legal obligations, last year, the workers were practically forced to sign an amicable termination of the previous job contract and were forced to start working for Emmi. This year, they had to sign another agreed termination of their job contract with Emmi, and sign a new contract with Tehnomanija, with the promise that all the conditions from the previous job contract would be met,” says an unidentified WinWin employee.
“Meanwhile the coronavirus pandemic and the company management used that as an excuse for everything they did. People were sent on forced leave and only a few remained working. After the end of the state of emergency, we were told that we were fired and that about 170 workers will lose their jobs. Moreover, we are not entitled to any benefits from the National Employment Office (NZS) since our jobs were terminated by mutual consent. Nobody is reporting about this,” the former WinWin worker adds.
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The proprietor of WinWin, Slavisa Kokeza is one of the most important officials in the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) and also the president of the Serbian Football Federation.
The vice-president of the Freedom and Justice Party, Borko Stefanovic, was the only one so far to comment on the sale of WinWin to Tehnomanija.
On that occasion, Stefanovic sarcastically declared that “everything that the president of the Serbian Football Federation, Slavisa Kokeza, touches, turns into gold”.
“It is true. Kokeza discovered this gift and talent for business in general only after 2012, that is, after Aleksandar Vucic came to power. Apparently, around the same time, he discovered “the talent” for computers, so his company, IT Prointer started having a huge turnover – from around 150,000 euro (15.9 million dinars) in 2011 to 50 million euro in 2016. This, of course, happened as a result of doing business with the State. By the way, in 2012, the same company won the bid on only one tender that year which subsequently led to its turnover increasing to 150 million a year later,” said Stefanovic.
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