BiH: Trade Union opposes Bill on Labour Law

BiH: Trade Union opposes Bill on Labour Law

After the Federation BiH Parliament decided to put the Bill on Amendments to the Labor Law on the agenda, workers-members of the Independent Trade Unions of Bosnia and Herzegovina organized a protest march kicking off at the building of the Government of the Federation of BiH, all the way to the FBiH Parliament. The aim of the protest, according to the organizers, was to shift focus on the minimum wage and the relevant decisions instead of talking about the labour law, and only after that the workload be reduced in terms of relieving employers, provided that it does not happen in the interest of employers but to the benefit of the workers.

In a statement addressed to the media, the President of the Federation of Trade Unions Selvedin Šatorović noted there had been informal negotiations with representatives of the FBiH Government, but that the provisions of the Labour Law could not be negotiated because, as he said, such a solution was absolutely unacceptable.

“Nowhere in the world is there a situation where the profit tax is 10 percent and the income tax is also 10 percent. The one who has a profit of 90 million KM pays 10 percent and the one who has a salary of 400 KM pays the same 10 percent. This does not in any case constitute a socially responsible state, but a state for a bunch of rich families, and this will not be allowed”, Šatorović pointed out.

He recalled that they received the support of the workers’ unions from the region, but also from Brussels, highlighting that no country has approached its labour legislation in this manner.

“No country is fighting against the coronavirus pandemic in such a way that the complete burden of the crisis falls on the shoulders of the workers”, Šatorović emphasized.

He argues that the FBiH Government will definitely not withdraw the Bill on Amendments to the Labour Law, but he expects that the FBiH Parliament will not adopt the bill tomorrow, because, as he claims, they have received promises from the leading political parties in Parliament.

“If nothing changes in the next 24 hours, if such a Bill is adopted, the Union will be forced to go into a general strike at the FBiH level, and this will be on the FBiH Government”, said Šatorović.

He believes the Government should not be adopting laws in a technical mandate, and the parliamentary majority should make that clear tomorrow. He expects them to show conscience, because “tomorrow, their children could very well find themselves in such a situation where they will have to work for a salary of 400 KM”.

The walk resumed to the FBiH Parliament’s building in downtown Sarajevo, where the debate on the law amendments will take place.

In line with the epidemiological situation and the recommendations issued by competent bodies, no more than 100 participants attended the protest. /ibna