June 12, 2015

Campaign against blank agreements on termination of employment

Provision of Article 26 of the Labor Law obliging employers to conclude contracts for an indefinite period of time with employees who spent two or more years working for that employer with contract for a limited period of time entered into force on 23 December 2013. A number of socially irresponsible employers obliged its employees to sign blank agreements on termination of employment (without entering the date of termination of employment) as a prerequisite to keep their jobs and conclude an employment contract for an indefinite period.
It is clear that in such a situation, employers may dismiss employee at any time entering the date of termination of employment at their discretion. On the other hand, such signed blank agreement on termination of employment makes employee who signed it to be constantly afraid of termination of employment, because of which employees are often forced to accept low wages and inhuman working conditions in order to keep their jobs.
In order to fight against this illegal phenomenon, the UFTUM invites all colleagues that were forced to sign blank agreements on termination of employment to report the issue to the UFTUM by submitting a written statement. The statement will enter in the UFTUM Registry and will be the basis for legal action against the employer if they, at any time after the filing of the statement, "activate" blank agreement on termination of employment.
In addition, Article 224 of the Criminal Code classifies such employer's behavior as criminal offense for which a punishment of a fine or imprisonment of up to two years may be imposed.

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