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Why Hungary’s new “slave law” pushes workers to the brink

Hungary’s “slave law” is the government’s attempt to remedy existing labour shortage in the country for the benefit of multinational companies and to the detriment of workers. Industrial workers in general have not mobilized yet, but the trade unions announced and started preparation for strike actions.

Serbian tax system – heaven for investors, hell for citizens

What do Serbia and the Maldives have in common? Similarity is not geographical or cultural, but fiscal. Namely, Serbian tax policies and its “socialism for the rich” place the country among those in the “grey zone” of tax havens.

Activists protest against enforcement officers in Belgrade

Members of United Action Roof Over One’s Head and Efektiva groups, joined by their sympathisers, held a protest gathering in front of Hotel M in Belgrade, where an assembly of the Chamber of Enforcement Officers was taking place.

Fatal accidents at Belgrade Waterfront construction site – interview with a witness

Masina’s journalists managed to talk with a worker engaged at the Parkview construction site, who witnessed a tragedy in which the lives of two of his co-workers were lost. According to his words the working conditions at the Belgrade waterfront construction site are terrible, there are workers without employment contracts, and the labour inspection announces its arrival beforehand.

Plundering through privatisation was allowed by law – “The truth about the 24 cases”

The same people who robbed the state were involved in the making of the law. Participants of the panel discussion “The truth about the 24 cases”, organized by the Centre for investigative journalism (CINS) concluded that the Law on Privatisation allowed corruption during the transition period in Serbia, which lead to systemic deterioration of economy and society.

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