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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.

CCC strongly condemns the offenses to the workers made by the President of Serbia

A strong condemnation of the offenses that the President of Serbia made to the workers during his visit to a construction site of a future Turkish textile factory “Eurotay” in the city of Kraljevo comes from the Clean Clothes Campaign – an alliance dedicated to the improvement of working conditions in the global clothes manufacturing industry.

Two workers die at Belgrade Waterfront construction site

This morning two workers, around thirty and forty years old, died in Belgrade after falling from great height. The ambulance received an emergency call at 9:42 a.m. and the two medical teams sent could only pronounce them dead at the scene.

The Yugoslav working class was against austerity measures of the eighties

In the late eighties, half a million people took part in labour strikes in reaction to the economic crisis. The trade unions, although being the most significant workers’ organizations, failed to appropriate this battle. Instead, it was claimed by the nationalist political parties on the rise.

Exodus of professional drivers from Serbia

Professional city bus drivers are leaving Serbia with a one-way ticket increasingly often. The prolongation of working hours, low salaries and irrational business policies of the City public transport company Belgrade do not only motivate the drivers to emigrate, but also serve as arguments for further privatization of the company.

Returning the river to its riverbed, followed by a protest – the struggle for rivers in Serbia has only begun

A few days after locals from the villages in Stara Planina (the Balkan Mountains) and activists belonging to an informal organization called Let’s defend the rivers of Stara Planina returned the Rudinjskariver back to its natural riverbed, they began the preparations for a protest gathering against the construction of mini hydropower plants (MHP), scheduled to take place on the second of September, at the Red square in the city of Pirot.

BusPlus ticketing system in public transport: a profit-making tool

Private-public partnerships in public services sector represent just another instrument for private businesses to get their hands on public funds. BusPlus is a typical example of such business model in Serbia whose downsides have been obvious for years now.

Refugees under siege – piece as war by legal means

The Serbian state undertook action to evict refugees from their homes in Ustanička street and the Bristol hotel in Belgrade. In the first case the results of an open call for residency in the apartments used by the Commissariat for Refugees are used as justification for the evictions. In the second it is the whim of private investors.

After Erdoğan’s Narrow Victory

Erdoğan and AKP have won another election in Turkey. The electoral process and the rhetoric of the ruling party, as well as the notable economic crisis, show that the Turkish state will tighten its repressive nationalist policies.

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