New measures to protect workers and companies

Following the meeting of the Economic and Social Council (EES), representatives of the Union of Employers and Trade Unions called for companies not to lay off workers during the state of emergency and for their wages not to be reduced.

At the meeting, it was said that the Serbian government would make further decisions in consultation with employers and trade unions and the Council will now have more frequent sessions, due to the current situation in Serbia.

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Ministries of finance and economy, have announced that interest rates on corporate loans could be reduced, but the decision awaits concrete information from the National Bank of Serbia.

According to Nebojsa Atanackovic from the Union of Employers of Serbia, who also attended the session, the ministers, who were present at the meeting agreed that the priority was to protect lives and maintain discipline.

“Finance Minister Sinisa Mali and Secretary of State at the Ministry of Economy, Dragan Stevanovic, said that they agreed with the opinions of employers and will make sure that no exceptions are made when it comes to implementing the measures in support of the economy. The same rules will apply to small and large, public or private companies,” said Atanackovic.

“The unions also called for a moratorium on changing the legal status of employees, i.e. layoffs and wage reductions, but Labour Minister Zoran Djordjevic replied that such a thing is not foreseen by the relevant regulation,” explained Nebojsa Atanackovic.

According to him, Health Minister Zlatibor Loncar talked, at the session, about possible dangers in the current situation and underlined that the issue is very serious and that everything that is happening in Italy should happen here, because our health system cannot receive a huge number of infected people.

(Blic, 17.03.2020)

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