Today, on the occasion of the strike in the Kragujevac factory Fiat Plastic, the Minister of Labor, Darija Kisić Tepavčević, said that her ministry is trying to solve the situation in that company in the most favorable way and, above all, to protect the rights of workers.
Commenting on the assessments of the Fiat Plastics union that, even after the Ministry of Labor was involved in mediation, the company’s management continued to ignore the demands of the strikers and the calls of the Agency for Peaceful Dispute Resolution, Kisic Tepavcevic said that the company’s representatives contacted the Agency for Peaceful Dispute Resolution. now in the matter of the “pre-negotiation position.”
“We are in constant contact with the representatives of the union. They turned to us to mediate in that conflict, and we are the right place for where you can and should always turn,” Kisic Tepavcevic told reporters in Kragujevac.
Today, she had a meeting with the president of the Fiat Plastic Strike Committee, Zoran Miljković, and the president of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of the city of Kragujevac, Jugoslav Ristić.
After a one-hour conversation, Miljković told the Beta agency that he informed the minister that things had not moved from the “dead point” for more than 20 days, ie since the meeting with the Minister of Labor was held in Belgrade.
“We told her that Fiat refused to sit at the negotiating table and buy time, so to speak, dragging the director of the Agency for peaceful settlement of disputes,” said Miljković.
He added that Fiat says that they allegedly can’t wait to sit at the negotiating table, but that this is not happening because they are waiting for a “moment” from Italy.
“We asked the minister, as at the previous meeting with her, for the state authorities to force Fiat to respect the laws of the Republic of Serbia by all legal means,” said Miljković.
He also conveyed to the minister that the company continues to violate the laws because after moving the bumper assembly from Fiat Plastic to the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) factory, it recently did the same with the logistics warehouse, while the workers are on paid leave.
“We are asking for the recourse to be returned to the level from last year and for the relocated machines to be returned to our factory, as well as all workers to work,” said Miljković.
According to him, Kisić Tepavčević said that she would discuss the situation during the day with the highest state bodies, as well as with the first FCA manager in Serbia, Nikola Jerotijević.
Miljković said that the Minister believes that she should sit down at the negotiating table as soon as possible, with the mediation of the Agency for Peaceful Dispute Resolution, in order to reach an agreement and sign an agreement on fulfilling the strike in the Fiat Plastic factory.