The former metal workers are asking for payment of the rest of the benefited service

"All workers who have a problem with the benefited length of service, they are only paid for the missing length of service until they leave and acquire the right to a pension. There are about fifty workers, it would cost the state a minimum and it would mean to us, why the problem has arisen now is not clear to us ", said the worker's representative Željko Perunilčić

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Part of the gathered workers, Photo: Mirko Kotlaš
Part of the gathered workers, Photo: Mirko Kotlaš
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A group of former workers of the mining and metal complex, 50 of them, cannot retire yet, because two months after the adoption of the necessary laws, they have not yet been paid for the missing benefited work experience.

This is the main reason why this group gathered today in front of the building of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (MRSS). As one of the workers' representatives, Željko Peruničić, told "Vijesta", they came in front of the building of that department to schedule a meeting with the head of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Naida Nišić, present their problems to her and start finding a solution.

He explained that the lex specialis for their retirement was adopted at the end of 2023, but that they do not know why they are waiting for the remaining steps. This law, as he said, has a limited duration and that the procedures must be accelerated, because they do not know whether they will be entitled to a pension until this issue is regulated.

Norms that facilitated retirement were previously used when workers of KAP, Željezara, Bauxite Mine, Metalac remained due to the closure of the company or production... Similar legal solutions were in force in the past years, when they were used by about six thousands of workers, but then this last group could not use them. With this law, they can retire with 25 years of service or at least 15 years spent in workplaces, for which service is counted with increased duration.

"All workers who have a problem with the benefited length of service, they are only paid for the missing length of service until they leave and acquire the right to a pension. There are about fifty workers, it would cost the state a minimum and it would mean to us, why the problem has arisen now is not clear to us ", emphasized Peruničić.

He pointed out that in 2014, the Government undertook to settle the length of service for mining workers. He emphasized that the state had previously paid benefits for the right to retirement, and that it was not settled based on age, but by acquiring the right to retire.

When asked how much money will be needed to connect the length of service, he said it depends on how much someone has until retirement, but that it will take at least 100 euros per worker.

As he explained, some of the workers in this sector have already retired in 2021, and an agreement was made between the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Finance, the Government and the Labor Fund, according to which they will settle the missing money for those who are due to retire.

Peruničić claims that this agreement must now be renewed and that the procedure that would follow, through the Labor Fund, the Agency for Peaceful Resolution of Disputes, with the engagement of economic experts to assess how much money is needed per worker, would take up to six months.

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