Peruničić: The Ministry did not give consent for 80 former employees to retire, they do not know how much money is needed

Former workers of the mining and metal sector have scheduled the next protest for Wednesday, December 20, in front of the Parliament building.

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From one of the previous protests by workers in the mining and metal sector, Photo: Boris Pejović
From one of the previous protests by workers in the mining and metal sector, Photo: Boris Pejović
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The Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare did not agree to changes to the Law on Pension and Disability Insurance (Law on PIO), which would enable the retirement of 80 former workers in the mining and metal sector, because they did not know how much money would be needed for this measure.

This is what the representative of this group of workers, Željko Peruničić, said to "Vijesta", after they protested today in front of the department's building in Podgorica.

Amendments to this law would enable retirement for a group of 80 workers who lost their jobs due to the cessation of production in their factories and mines, through no fault of the workers.

Amendments to this law have now been proposed by Socialist People's Party (SNP) deputy Bogdan Božović, and it was adopted at the beginning of this year, but the then president Milo Đukanović did not sign it due to the dissolution of the Assembly.

Similar legal solutions were in force in previous years, when about six thousand workers used them, but this last group could not use them then. They can't find a job now, but they can't retire either.

Peruničić explained that they met with the representatives of the Directorate for PIO because the Minister of Labor and Social Welfare Naida Nišić is not in the country.

Peruničić added that around 450 euros are necessary for their needs, and that they will also request a meeting with the head of the Europe Now Movement parliamentary club, Miodrag Laković, in order to achieve the goal.

They scheduled the next protest for Wednesday, December 20, in front of the Assembly building.

If the proposed changes were adopted, workers could retire with 25 years of service or at least 15 years spent in workplaces, for which service is counted with an increased duration.

In its explanation, the government stated that it is against the proposal because it would privilege workers from this sector compared to others and because it would represent an additional expense for the budget.

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