Meeting of UFTUM representatives with the President of the Parliament of Montenegro

UFTUM Secretary General Srdja Kekovic, UFTUM Main Board President Vukasin Zogovic, as well as UFTUM Deputies Secretary General Zeljko Buric and Ivana Mihajlovic, met today with the President ot the Parliament of Montenegro Aleksa Becic and his associates, Neven Gosovic, Vuk Jankovic and Snjezana Vojvodic.

Representatives of the Union of Free Trade Unions of Montenegro expressed their gratitude for the prompt reaction of the President of the Parliament and all parliamentary clubs regarding the Initiative of the trade unions to adopt amendments to the Labor Law, which extended the General Collective Agreement until the end of 31 Dec 2021.

Representatives of the UFTUM also stressed the importance that all the laws that have a direct impact on the working, economic and social position of employees, before being considered in the Parliament, went through the necessary process of consultation with social partners and obtained the opinion of the Social Council, as one of the most relevant bodies dealing with issues of economic and social importance for all employees in Montenegro.

Our representatives also mentioned the situation with Solana in Ulcinj and expressed the expectation that the Parliament will, as far as possible, pay special attention to this issue, and also expressed the expectation that the Parliament’s representatives will promote the importance and role of social dialogue and contribute to its development at all levels.

On the other hand, President Becic assessed that the existence of the Union of Free Trade Unions of Montenegro is of immeasurable importance for all employees in Montenegro and stressed the willingness and openness of the Parliament to provide a strong incentive to improve social dialogue, so that workers’ rights are adequately protected.

President Becic emphasized that the focus of his efforts will be the systematic regulation of the issue of the minimum wage, child benefit, as well as free textbooks for all primary school children in Montenegro.

Representatives of the UFTUM also expressed the expectation that this meeting will be the beginning of cooperation that will develop in mutual understanding and transparency, and that representatives of the UFTUM, as before, will have the opportunity to participate in meetings of parliamentary committees to discuss laws of influence to employees, that is, to the labor market.