After meeting the Serbian Minister of Labour, Darija Kisić Tepavčević, the Italian delegation agreed to mediate talks with the State Agency that deals with the peaceful settlement of disputes between the workers of Fiat Plastik and the parent company.
“Fiat Plastik’s workers will continue their strike until certain conditions are met, namely the return of the bumper assembly machines that were taken to the other Fiat plant and the return of the workers who were sent home from work. The trade union also demands that the company pays vacation allowance as it did before January this year”, Zoran Miljković, president of the strike committee, told Politika daily.
After meeting with the Minister of Labour, Darija Kisić Tepavčević, the union representatives were informed that the Ministry would mediate in the dispute in order to overcome the problem as soon as possible.
“We have been informed that Minister Kisić has also spoken with representatives of Fiat and that the delegation from Italy, after meeting with her, has expressed readiness to sit with the trade unions at the negotiating table with the mediation of the Agency for Peaceful Settlement of Disputes. We expect an invitation, but we are not giving up our demands,’ says Miljković.
Since January of this year, 90% of the Fiat Plastik workers have been on strike because of reduced salaries and vacation allowance, and also because Fiat has moved some of its machines to other plants, while the workers were on their annual leave.
According to the trade unionists, these are serious and multiple violations of the Labour Law and the Strike Law.
“Supposedly, the representatives of Fiat said that the reason they stop paying out vacation allowance and reduced salaries is the caused by the coronavirus, but we still maintain that everything they did violated relevant Serbian laws. Workers’ rights have been jeopardized and the authorities are still silent,” Miljković added.
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