Tag: union
Macedonia Economy 06.07.21 | 17:07

SSM union protests the proposed Bechtel law because it undermines worker protections

The SSM union calls on the Zaev Government to amend its proposal for a law that would have the American Bechtel company build infrastructure along the east-west Corridor 8, especially the Gostivar – Kicevo highway. The law is controversial because of the pre-determined contractor, which corruption...

Macedonia Economy 05.07.21 | 19:00

Workers fired from the Bargala shoe factory turn to the union to protect their rights

Workers from the large Bargala shoe factory in Stip have asked the SSM union to represent them in court as the company appears to be on the verge of bankruptcy. Bargala fired 100 of its employees two weeks ago, while still owing them two salaries. The company employed up to a thousand workers until a...

Macedonia 02.05.21 | 08:27

Foreign Affairs Ministry still hasn’t recovered from the abuses of former minister Dimitrov, union states

The MDS union that represents diplomats in the Macedonian Foreign Affairs Ministry condemned the state of labour relations in the Ministry, and said that the consequences from the term of Nikola Dimitrov are still felt. The union said that Dimitrov, who was recently moved from this department to the...

Macedonia Economy 13.01.21 | 12:08

SSM union warns that the stimulus package is missing its mark, should provide direct payments to workers

The SSM union, Macedonia’s largest such association, warned that the latest, fifth round of stimulus is doomed to fail just like the previous four rounds of support given to help fight the effects of the coronavirus crisis. According to SSM, the measures need to be aimed toward the workers ad their...

Macedonia Economy 08.01.21 | 17:50

Cost of living is well above the average salary, SSM union estimates

The SSM union published its estimate for the minimum consumption costs for December 2020. It is put at 33,697 denars (550 EUR), or one and a quarter average salary. The union estimates the cost for food per household at 14,000 denars (230 EUR), housing is estimated at 11,000 denars and hygiene products...

Macedonia 04.12.20 | 12:17

Police Union calls on the Government not to harm Macedonian national interests during its talks with Bulgaria

The Police Union of Macedonia joined representatives of the military and the fire-fighters associations in protesting against Zoran Zaev’s new policy toward Bulgaria. In an open letter, the Union states that the acceptance of all Bulgarian demands which Zaev announced in an interview last week...

Macedonia 02.11.20 | 14:49

Union demands accountability after corona outbreak in the Skopje cadastre office claims a life

The KSS union demands urgent steps to protect employees who are still ordered to work in person after an employee of the Skopje cadastre office died after an outbreak. The union reports that 10 days ago a cluster was formed in the cadastre office, where many employees work in cramped conditions. Over...

Macedonia 26.10.20 | 16:52

Police union holds a strike tomorrow

Police officers will hold a protest tomorrow, organized by the KSS police union. The union alleges violations of collective bargaining rights and the dignity of the uniform. We can’t allow the police to be degraded and undermined, said union chief Blagoja Ralpovski. In a recent incident, a number...

Macedonia 08.10.20 | 10:26

Police union reports massive political revenge pressures on officers in Kumanovo

The SPM police union informs that Kumanovo police chiefs are conducting a revenge campaign against police officers on political grounds, ordering dozens to stations far from where they live and imposing disciplinary procedures for made up violations. On Tuesday, a total of 40 unlawful order to reassign...

Macedonia 02.10.20 | 16:47

ELEM management is punishing union representatives by reassigning them to jobs over 100 kilometers from where they live

The management of the state run ELEM energy company has been reassigning employees, including union representatives, without union approval. The SSERI union said that employees are being fired and simultaneously offered a new job but at plants that are more than 100 kilometers away from where the employees...

Economy 03.09.20 | 17:07

Union representing 2,300 postal workers sounds the alarm after the Eurostandard Bank collapse

The union of the Macedonian Post Office is demanding an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, as 2,300 employees face to be left without pay or even fired. The post office heavily relies on the now bankrupt Eurostandard Bank, which had an exclusive contract to use the postal network for cash...

Macedonia 25.08.20 | 10:34

Police union claims that experienced special forces officers are demoted to guard duty

The Police Union reports that five dozen officers from the special operations and riot control units are being ordered to perform novice duties. According to the union, this is being done for political reasons. Such decisions can seriously affect the security of the country which lacks well trained personnel...

Economy 30.07.20 | 11:49

SSM union demands criminal investigations into companies who abused the corona stimulus program

The SSM workers union called for an investigation into the report that hundreds of companies that claimed coronavirus subsidies did not distribute the received funds among their workers. We are talking about more than 700 employers. They need to be criminally responsible. Someone needs to end up behind...

Macedonia 15.04.20 | 17:15

Teachers’ union says the March salaries haven’t been paid yet

The NSON union of public school teachers informed the public that the salaries for March still haven’t been paid and called on the Government to make sure it pays the teachers. We are asked to make extra effort to maintain the education process under these difficult circumstances, but our salaries...

Macedonia 23.03.20 | 13:05

Teachers’ union comes out against Zaev’s proposal to place public administration employees on the minimum wage

The SONK teachers’ union called on the Government to reject the proposal from SDSM party leader Zoran Zaev to cut the salaries of nearly all public sector employees to the minimum wage – in many cases to half of what they are now earning. Zaev announced the proposal yesterday, saying that...

Macedonia 12.03.20 | 19:32

Foreign Affairs Ministry does nothing to protect its employees from the coronavirus, union claims

The union of the Macedonian Foreign Affairs Ministry publicly protested the lack of preparations to protect the employees from the coronavirus. It reminds the Ministry that the diplomats are exposed to a large number of people in countries across the world, but are left unprepared and unprotected from...

Columns 18.01.20 | 21:40

Terra incognita

By Zoran Dabic President of the Macedonian Diplomatic Union The term terra incognita is used in cartography to describe regions that are still unknown, un-mapped, undocumented. Reaching this unknown terrain was always a great challenge for adventurers and those brave in spirit. Men and women who would...

Macedonia 24.10.19 | 22:51

Healthcare workers demand the salaries Zaev promised them in 2016

The SSKC union of doctors and nurses of Macedonia reminds the Government that it still hasn’t reached even half way toward its promise to make the average wage of specialist doctors 100.000 denars (1.600 EUR) per month. It’s a promise Prime Minister Zoran Zaev made during the 2016 election...

Macedonia 31.05.19 | 18:30

Defense Ministry union demands a resignation from Minister Sekerinska

The union of the Defense Ministry demands that Minister Radmila Sekerinska resigns because of the poor labour and equipment conditions of the army. According to the union, the state of the army barracks is unacceptable and pay is low. We face disastrously bad conditions to perform our work. The military...