May 1 - the holiday of unemployed workers of our country

The first day of May, which marks the International Workers’ Day, this year finds Kosovars again facing major problems in terms of human rights, safety and health in the workplace violations. Our country continues to record the highest level...

The loss of life at work is not compensated

Sixteen Kosovar workers have died in their workplace during the past two years. Seven Kosovars were buried during this year after they died in their workplace. Besides the wreaths of flowers, no other compensation was made for their families. This...

Finding employment unrelated to obtained degrees

Graduated young Kosovars have taken positions for which they did not study. Young people with a degree accept menial jobs just to earn a salary for survival. Diplomas obtained and requirements in the labour market seems unmatched. Overall social...

The union that protects the Czech state employees

The trade union delegation from Kosovo met with Pavel Bednar and Rudolf Pospishil, representatives of the Association of Trade Unions of State Bodies and Organizations. Bednar confirmed that their union represents public sector workers such as...

Czech Association of Medical and Social Care Trade Unions – A union of strikes and protests

Dagmar Zitnikova, representative of the Czech Association of Medical and Social Care Trade Unions, boasts the fact that they managed to stop the privatization of some healthcare institutions in the Czech Republic. She calls the prevention of the...

In the Czech Republic, firefighters are equal to customs and police officers

The position of firefighters in the Czech Republic is equal to that of police or customs officers. They are part of the group of “uniformed forces” who enjoy a different/preferential treatment.  The average monthly salary of a...

Diversification of skills in the labour market

During the stay of the Kosovo delegation of trade unions in Prague (October 2015), a meeting was held with the Institute for Labour and Social Affairs Studies. This institute conducts research for the Czech government, on issues such as poverty, or...

The imprudence of a minister deceives pensioners

Undoubtedly, the group that finds itself in the most difficult situation in post-war Kosovo is that of pensioners. More than once it was made clear that pensioners are not receiving proper pensions, but rather only a form of social assistance. For...

The sluggish implementation of the Collective Contract

As in many other areas, Kosovo institutions are falling behind with the implementation of the Collective Contract. It has been more than a year since the trade union of education signed an agreement with the Ministry of Education for faster...

Nepotism plagues public institutions

Knowledge and education are not enough to find a job in public institutions in Kosovo. Instead, political affiliation and family connections are the first conditions for employment in them. For instance, in the Ministry of Economic Development there...

Workers are (not) benefiting from trade union’s ultimatum

There are many documents of the Kosovar Government that ascertain the very high level of informality in the economy. It is estimated that 1/3 of the economy develops illegally, in breach of the legislation that regulates certain areas of life and...

The difficult socio-economic situation enslaves Kosovo workers

The difficult socio-economic situation in Kosovo, where more than 40 percent of the young population able to work are unemployed, has caused many workers, especially in the private sector, to become slaves of the 21st century. They are obligated to...

500 retired teachers a year are being given unjust pensions

Since April, teachers who retired are not receiving a pension of 140 euros, but one of only 75 euros per month. Kosovo institutions are not recognizing seniority of work for the period between 1990-99, when these teachers were employed in primary...

Bogus vacancy announcements are still common practice

A day doesn’t pass without complaints addressed to different institutions for breach of employees’ rights. The complaints are directed to the ways through which positions are filled, as well as to unjust dismissals. The newest case...

Occupation: Beggar

Zhenis O. is a second year student at the Faculty of Economics in the University of Pristina. He worked as a waiter for two months about a year ago. Later he left the job to prepare for the police force test. He passed successfully all stages of...

Messing up unemployment numbers

Unemployment in Kosovo is the highest in the region. According to data from the Agency of Statistics, only in 2014 unemployment has risen by 5 percentage points, from 30 to 35 percent. This means that last year alone, the unemployment rate...

KEC is having troubles with workers’ insurances

The Kosovo Energy Corporation (KEC) and Insurance Company ‘Siguria’ have terminated their contractual relationship. It was the latter who terminated the contract unilaterally. KEC and Siguria are going to court to resolve this...

If you’re not a party member, you will lose your job!

As of June 30, three employees of the Property Sector within the Pristina Municipality – B.K., N.A. and A.K., are no longer part of the municipal administration where they had been working since 2012. For the employees their dismissal from...

Three categories of Kosovar teachers risk losing their jobs

Kosovar teachers with degrees in Pedagogy from the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Pristina or other private colleges on non-educational profiles risk becoming unemployed. This category of teachers has not been licensed by the Ministry of...

Unjust dismissals

Incidents of manipulations at the expense of employees are still very common in Kosovo. This is not so much because of an incomplete legal infrastructure, rather than the result of willful misinterpretation of laws or regulations related to labor...

Sexual harassment in the workplace in Kosovo

Despite the many laws and regulations that exist in Kosovo, the field of sexual harassment remains uncovered. Consequently, there are no institutional mechanisms to fight this phenomenon. Moreover, no public institution has developed policies...

Understanding sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on gender, which is not linked as much with the biological differences between women and men, but rather with social roles attributed to them and perceptions of male and female sexuality in...

Better treatment for new employees!

Kosova still continues to be a “minefield” in terms of securing a job. It is very rare that youngsters manage to find a job without having a relative in some position. Employment without intervention “from above” is very...

Centralized Resettlement of Employees

The Public Administration reform, which has been discussed by governmental bodies for a long time, should be implemented more quickly. It is a request of the European Union as well. One of the main challenges of reformation is its social impact....

365 days on strike

Former Tube Factory workers are on strike for a year now and they demand from the government and the KPA the payments of wages in the 90s. They base their claim on the decision of the Municipal Court of Ferizaj, act-decision of the Constitutional...

Adequate pensions for each worker

Brahim P. will retire in two years. He has started gathering documents and necessary verifications so as to receive his contributory pension. To receive this pension, which is higher than the basic pension, he needs to provide evidence that he...

Pristina violates the Law on Labor- 20 teachers without wages and contracts

There is no doubt that the biggest violators of workers’ rights in Kosovo can be found in the private sector. This can be proved easily by going to large or small stores and talking to employees, asking them how many days off they have per...

100 reasons to protest and 1 million more to work

The high unemployment rate in Kosova makes the International Workers' Day less important. This year, 1st of May finds the Kosovar employees in a better position than last year. Now, the government has implemented a 25% wage increase, a decision...

Workers should also protest against their bosses!

The protest of the construction association and manufacturing enterprises of Kosova, which took place on the last days of April in Prishtina and which aimed to unblock the constructions in the capital city, unveiled many problems which could have...

Big troubles- small salaries

Technical workers of high schools in Prishtina are being discriminated - they get a salary of only 120 euro per month (less than the minimum wage) and they do not have work contracts. Their wages are almost always late; often they wait up to three...

“We can’t take it anymore”!

Besim D., born in 1973, lives in Podujeva and works at a Slovenian-Kosovar company in Kodra e Trimave. Even though Besim has a job, he is extremely unsatisfied with his wage and working conditions. But he, as the majority of Kosovars that work in...

The lack of occupational safety

Xhevdet M, in March of last year was in an accident while working on the façade of a building in the neighborhood Mat, Pristina, falling from a height of 8 meters. “There weren’t any protective fences. If there would have been a...

Useless papers for protecting vulnerable social categories

Sh.D is a citizen with special needs who has left Kosovo two years ago due to inadequate conditions for people of her category. She says that in the European country where she emigrated she feels like not having any special need. The state offers...

The German example for Kosovar employees

The Berlin Chamber of Commerce is one of the chambers of commerce operating in Germany. Christian Nestler, an economist at this Chamber of Commerce, described the economic situation in Berlin in drastic decline due to the political division since...

Begging – the dark face of Kosovo’s capital

It is almost impossible for someone to pass on any street or square of Pristina and not encounter people who beg for money. Likewise, people who sit in cafes, often encounter individuals that come and ask for cents at their tables. Beggars may...

Trade Union activism is punished in Kosovo

The General Director of RTK, Mentor Shala, has decided to let go journalists FadilHoxha and ArsimHalili, President and Deputy President of the Independent Trade Union of RTKrespectively, as a revenge for their involvement in union activism. This...

Teachers are not given the adequate social assistance and healthcare - Part 2

The role of trade unions and legislation for the protection of education employees with health problems The United Trade Union of Education, Science and Culture of Kosovo (UTUESCK) admits that the category of teachers with health problems...

Teachers are not given the adequate social assistance and healthcare - Part 1

How is the situation managed from the central and municipal level? 50 Kosovar teachers who suffer from different types of cancer continue to teach, despite their dire health conditions. Hundreds of others who suffer from serious illnesses also...