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31. March 2017.
Interview on Labour Legislation
HR Committee Vice President Mirko Kovac promoted FIC view on the Labour Legislation on the web portal dedicated to the workers’ rights Radnik.rs, in an article published on March 31.
His appearance at the web portal aimed at preventing faulty interpretation in public, showing pertinence of selected FIC proposals, and curbing negative view among part of the public opinion. The interview came in the moment after FIC attracted some negative publicity in the media in previous months for engaging in creating more flexible and EU harmonized labour legislation. Despite the somewhat tendentious presentation of the FIC role in shaping labour rules, it was better to present FIC views to the niche audience of this web portal instead of letting the interpretations to others.
More concretely, Mirko Kovac was asked to clarify selected FIC proposals, namely: the salary calculation, termination of contracts to the protected categories such as women on pregnancy and maternity leave, and on the penalties for the breaches of law by the employers. Kovac’s clarifications were followed by the views by Confederation of Autonomous Trade Union Kragujevac fraction representative Jugoslav Ristic and professor of the labour rights from Union University Mario Reljanovic, who were mainly opposed to FIC views. The text also featured some statistics, background on FIC and the confirmation from the Labour Ministry that the changes of the labour legislation are planned for 2018.
In brief, asked about the idea to exclude the pay based on performance as the obligatory part of the salary, he outlined that such solution was meant to simplify the calculation, and not to decrease the workers’ rights. Addressing journalist’s concern about the proposal to enable the employees protected from termination by reason of redundancy to consent to such termination and receive the benefits, in case this option is what they would willingly opt for, he outlined the proposal was a result of the practice of the FIC members who were faced which such demands by the employees, but were not in the position to meet them.