Montenegro: The crisis requires partnership, pro-activeness, responsibility and open dialogue

Montenegro: The crisis requires partnership, pro-activeness, responsibility and open dialogue

According to the Social Council, the social partners – Montenegrin Employers Federation (MEF), the Confederation of Trade Unions of Montenegro (CTUM) and the Union of Free Trade Unions (UFTUM) – are developing a platform offering recommendations for the recovery of the Montenegrin economy from the coronavirus pandemic.

“In situations of crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic Montenegro has been fighting for 12 months, partnership, pro-activeness, responsibility and an open dialogue involving all relevant social stakeholders is required,” states a press release issued after the Social Council meeting.

The Council meeting, organized by the Social Council and the International Labour Organization (ILO) with the support of the British Embassy and the Good Governance Fund, focused on the increasingly complex economic situation and on ways to sustain as many businesses and jobs as possible.

Vice-Chairman of the Council and Minister of Economic Development Jakov Milatović said at the meeting that the Government had adopted a Work Plan and a Budget Bill for this year.

He said this year’s Budget Bill, a rather challenging one for the economy, envisaged an increase in the minimum salaries, but not in pensions and public sector salaries.

Milatović invited the social partners and the public to observe all health protection measures, adding that the pandemic control and immunization process were very important for the success of the upcoming tourist season.

In the field of decent work for everybody, dignity, equality and non-discrimination of the LGBTQ community in the employment and labour relations, the Council gave its contribution to the implementation of the 2019 – 2023 Strategy for Improvement of the Quality of Life for LGBTI People in Montenegro.

ILO expert for fundamental principles and rights at work Constance Thomas said that Montenegro’s legislative framework was harmonized with the majority of international standards and principles, particularly with the EU acquis.

As she said, Montenegro now needs to focus on practical implementation and address bias and prejudice.

UN human rights adviser Anjet Lanting said the CEDEM research showed that the level of discrimination in the field of employment across all groups was the lowest on the basis of sexual orientation, adding that it stood at 34.9%.

In 2007, the UN adopted the Standards of Conduct for Business: Tackling Discrimination against LGBTI People, based on the observance of human rights, elimination of discrimination against the LGBTI employees and provision of support to the LGBTI staff at work, prevention of discrimination against LGBTI customers, suppliers and distributors, and standing up for the human rights of LGBTI people in the communities where they do business. /ibna