The strike that began the day before yesterday in some cities of Vojvodina and Belgrade by the Serbian post office employees continued today, extending to two more work units in Zemun.
Stefan Mitrović, president of the Sloga Post Office Workers’ Union, says that the Union supports the spontaneous strike started by their colleagues from Novi Sad.
In protest, postmen demand an increase in wages by at least 30 percent, the hiring of new workers and the disbursement of salaries from the previous year’s profits by the end of October.
More than 90 percent of employees of Post Express courier service and close to 15 percent of post office counter workers went on strike the day before yesterday in the area of Novi Sad, Vrbas, in parts of Belgrade and in the Postal Centre in Pančevo. Today they were joined by colleagues from two work units in Zemun.
Postmen who are on strike are dissatisfied because their salaries are 50 percent lower than the national average, as well as because of poor working conditions. They point out that the number of employees in the company is alarmingly low, especially postmen, counter workers, couriers and those in processing departments. Because of this, there are a large number of user complaints and delays in the delivery of packages.
Mitrović states that several strikers have reported that they have been pressured into stopping the strike.
Following the initiative of the Radnik trade union and the Nezavisnost trade union, the representatives of these unions met with the acting director of the Serbian Post Office, Zoran Đorđević who informed them that certain measures had already been implemented and that local coordinators would meet with postal employees who are on strike. He also informed the trade unions that a meeting with the Post Express couriers from Belgrade is scheduled for today and the one with couriers from Novi Sad tomorrow.
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