18 April 2013
On April 12, 2013 around 25,000 workers started an hour long warning strike in the companies throughout Serbia. At noon several hundreds of them started their protest march from Nikola Pasic square to the building of the Serbian Government in Belgrade. Warning strike is organized under the slogan ‘Saving construction in Serbia and decent life of construction workers’.
‘Government will once again receive construction workers’ demands among which the most important one is to urgently organize Government’s session including the representatives of the trade union and construction workers’, said the president of the Trade Union of Construction and Building Materials Industry Workers of Serbia, Duško Vuković. He pointed out the necessity of that action because short term measures aimed at the prevention of further destruction of construction industry had to be taken immediately.
Vuković announced that the Trade Union would go on a general strike if in the following 30 days the Serbian Government didn’t take urgent measures in order to help that branch of industry. ‘We are going to strike as long as it takes and the next time there will be a higher turnout’, said Vuković in front of the building of the Serbian Government upon delivering trade union demands to Serbian Government representatives. Vuković said that the workers were asking for regular salaries, safe working conditions, eight – hour long working hours and as he added they were patient for a long time and couldn’t wait any more.