Members of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Serbia organized the May Day protest in Leskovac, in front of the South Korean factory “Jura”, stating that the protest was organized because it is not possible to organize a trade union in this company, and those who tried to do so won refusal.
The main slogan of the protest was “Respect our position, respect the Constitution”, and trade unionists from all parts of Serbia gathered, and the least among them were from Leskovac.
There were no signs of Leskovac unions at the gathering, which started on the recently opened city square, and buses with workers and trade unionists arrived from Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis, Kragujevac and Vranje.
The trade unionists then headed through the city center to the “Jura” factory, where they symbolically hung the Labor Law and the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia on the gate of this factory.
In his address, the president of the Independent Trade Union of Metalworkers of Serbia, Zoran Markovic, said that he would not keep silent, that he did not have 20 million euros, but that he had 20 million hearts for them.
“I can beat them and I will always try, and always after 136 years, we came again to fight for three eights, to say a lot,” said Markovic.
Markovic called on Predrag Stojanovic, who tried to point out the disrespect of the measures that led to this factory becoming the focus of the crown during the state of emergency and strict epidemiological measures, and was fired to join him on stage.
Stojanovic said that due to the lawsuit against him, he must not talk today “but that he has something to say”.