Serbian trade union: Shorter working hours in state-owned companies, same salary

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The Association of Independent Trade Unions in Belgrade proposed to the Serbian government to introduce reduced working hours in all state enterprises. In the document addressed to the mayor of Belgrade, Aleksandar Šapić, the unions propose that private employers also shorten the working hours by a maximum of two hours, but without reducing the monthly salary, reports the portal

The union believes that shortening the working hours would contribute to significant savings in the business, and on the other hand, the productivity of the workers would increase, which would also increase the performance, and the results would remain the same or increase.

On the other hand, employers believe that this proposal is unfeasible. The Honorary President of the Union of Employers of Serbia (UPS), Nebojsa Atanackovic, in an interview with, explains that certain jobs require eight hours of work with paid rest, but he does not dispute that there are companies in which, regardless of the eight-hour working time, working hours are from four to five o'clock.

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