Education union: It is incorrect that we agreed to a reduction in wages, we have prepared comments on the Draft Law

They pointed out that this Draft Law reduces the bargaining power of unions in the part related to salaries, which they say is not in the spirit of collective bargaining and social dialogue.

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Union of Education, Photo: Union of Education of Montenegro
Union of Education, Photo: Union of Education of Montenegro
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The Education Union of Montenegro strongly opposed certain solutions in the Draft Law on Salaries of Employees in the Public Sector. The union announced that the proposed solution stipulates that in the future, through decrees, the government will prescribe the amount of calculation coefficients for determining wages and that it alone, without the participation of the union, will decide on the amount of wages of educators. In addition, there are no allowances for employees in education, the union pointed out.

They announced that they are part of the working group working on amendments to the Law on Salaries in the Public Sector and that they received the Draft Law prepared by representatives of the Ministry of Finance, with the support of the World Bank.

"At the working meeting, held on May 30, 5, during which there was a presentation of the draft of the Law on Salaries of Public Sector Employees, all unions presented their opinions on the offered version, which are mostly negative. The Union of Education of Montenegro vehemently opposed certain solutions. The proposed solution stipulates that, in the future, the amount of calculation coefficients for determining wages, and that it decides on the amount of our wages, as well as with the proposed draft The Law on Salaries of Employees in the Public Sector does not provide for any allowances that employees in education have," the Union's announcement states.

They pointed out that this Draft Law reduces the bargaining power of unions in the part related to wages, which they say is not in the spirit of collective bargaining and social dialogue.

"The government should not be afraid of the power of trade unions, but that, through joint action, we should find ways for employees to be stimulated and motivated to achieve maximum results in the workplace. Such solutions, especially in articles 5 and 14 of the proposed draft, make social dialogue and its importance meaningless. union during the negotiations. The workers would then depend only on the decisions and positions of the Government, which is unacceptable," the union points out.

They also point out that Articles 17 and 20 do not foresee any allowances for employees in education, which, they say, would reduce their earnings by up to 30 percent.

"Educators would lose the allowances that have existed in the collective agreement for the field of education for more than 30 years, and which until now have never been questioned... If the coefficients were determined by a Government decree, and the allowances or part of the salary allowances remained in the Branch Collective Agreement for the field of education, it would only complicate the work of accountants and secretaries in institutions when interpreting and calculating salaries," the union added.

They said that the "absolutely incorrect" and "tendential" interpretations that the salary of educators will be up to 30 percent less under the new law and that the Education Union has already agreed to it.

"We have prepared comments on the proposed draft, which we will send to the Ministry of Finance by the end of this week. Of course, the Main Board and the leadership of the Education Union of Montenegro will not agree to concessions that would reduce the earnings of educators, which we have painstakingly acquired for decades. About all the educational community, as well as the rest of the public, will be informed in a timely manner of the next steps," the announcement concludes.

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