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Minimum wage in Serbia far below the costs of dignified existence

The public will learn the official minimum wage for the next year no later than mid September. However, although the Social and Economic Council has just entered negotiations, it is already certain that the minimum wage will be set below the cost of the minimum consumer basket.

What could extending of working life to 70 years of age in Serbia bring?

If the initiative to change the Labour law passes, Serbia might extend working life to 70 years of age for those who wish to remain active. According to the daily newspaper Politika, the initiative has already been adopted by eminent experts at a session dedicated to the questions of contemporary legislative held in Budva city, Montenegro.

No one without a home! Protest against giving more authorisations to the private enforcement officers

Couple of hundred citizens gathered in front of the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade on May 26. The reasons for their dissatisfaction are the new authorisations given to private enforcement officers and the criminalisation of solidarity. The demand of the protest organised by the United Action Roof over One’s Head (Združena akcija Krov nad glavom) is to protect the right to have a home.

Serbian Right became part of the government in Vranje

The citizen group United for Vranje (Jedinstveni za Vranje) signed an agreement and thus became 22nd organisation that joined the Serbian Right, extreme right nationalist organisation. This made the organisation led by Miša Vacić part of the government in the south of Serbia.

The Law on Enforcement still directed against the most vulnerable

Stronger and more powerful creditors will continue to torture the most vulnerable members of the society, states the United Action Roof Over One’s Head (Združena akcija Krov nad glavom). Regarding the announced Amendments to the Law on Enforcement and Security activists will organise a protest on Sunday in Beolgrade.

Who is threatened by women? Gender-based violence in Serbia

Violence against women in Serbia is more and more frequent, in public space and in the workplace. In spite of the social atmosphere which further normalises male violence against women, women are not silent. They show resistance, raise their voices and provide examples to other women.

The Communist Party of Yugoslavia in the People’s Liberation Struggle

This year is the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Communist Party of Yugoslavia (CPY). The CPY was the only relevant political factor in the fight against occupation and fascism because of its particular internal organisation, connections with local problems, experience in military and political organising during the Spanish Civil War, and practice of emancipatory social and political relations.

Threats of dismissals cause the strike in Post Serbia to end

The self-organised workers of Post Serbia and the Serbian government signed an agreement, thus ending the strike in the company. The agreement guarantees partial improvements of the workers’ financial condition, without actually fulfilling their demands.

“Boško Buha” remains in public ownership

The memorial complex “Boško Buha”, located on Jabuka mountain near the town of Prijepolje, has been exempted from the bankruptcy estate of “Putnik”, a company which will be put on sale at the end of February.

Stop the privatization of Boško Buha Memorial Complex

Boško Buha Memorial Complex at Jabuka near Prijepolje has been announced to be sold off in late January. However, a part of the public opposes the allienation of this important symbol of freedom fight and former social progress, stating that together with it we sell away the “noble ideas of pacifism, antifascism, and struggle for justice and equality”.

Protest in Serbia against the construction of mini derivative hydropower plants

An immediate cease of construction of all derivative mini hydropower plants on Serbian territory was the only demand of the anti-MHP protest held in Belgrade on Sunday. Roughly four thousand people gathered at the Student’s square in Belgrade to protest the construction of such hydropower plants in Serbia. The protest was organised by “Let’s defend the rivers of Stara planina” (ORSP) initiative, together with “Savski nasip”, “Right to Water”, “Let’s Not Drown Belgrade” (NDMBG), “Students won’t give away rivers”, and other organisations.

Interview with Ana Méndez de Andés: For strengthening the city’s economic and political democracy

Six years ago a wave of demonstrations broke out throughout Spain. What started as a protest against the widespread political corruption and the lack of “real” democracy soon spread to millions of people challenging the current political and economic order. This movement will have later come to be known as the Indignados, or the 15M movement. The main three slogans of the May 15, that were supported by almost 80% of the population, were: “You call it a democracy – but it’s not”, “It’s not a crisis, it’s a scam”, “We are not merchandise in the hands of the politicians and the bankers.”

What is rotten with Serbia’s mass protests?

The official organizers state that the protests in Belgrade are not political, but many people are taking to the streets under a different political message.

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