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LACK OF ENGINEERS AND SKILLED WORKERS – GOOD WORKERS SHOULD BE WELL PAID

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Works on the streets in the center of Belgrade are taking too long. Not only does it cause problems for citizens, who often avoid Dušanova street, but also employers who can’t find qualified work force. In order to put the pieces together, it’s necessary to find good workers and pay them adequately.
As the President of the Trade Union of Road Maintenance Industry Workers of Serbia – Duško Bošković says, sometimes a whole group of workers goes to Germany, 10-15 of them. There are not enough drivers and operators of construction machines. Fortunately, trade union managed to sign the branch collective agreement that is beneficial for workers. The agreement covers 60% of the work force in about twenty companies. Even some foreign companies signed it.
‘Salaries of engineers and working conditions in the country are not always what the engineers expect. Companies coming from abroad expect salaries to be even lower’, says Miljan Mikić, professor and owner of the company ‘Oruk’.
Migrations of work force are desireable in the world of capital. Our workers also leave because of organization and the way they are treated. For instance, they are being treated the same way as EU workers because Serbian workers are known for being able to perform multiple jobs for a single salary. The problem with our workers leaving the country and being replaced by workers from Turkey, Pakistan and India is that the new-comers are expected to provide maximum performance for a low salary, which puts workers’ lives at risk.
It’s hard to accept the fact that in the course of several years the profit of local companies within the whole economy has grown 14 times more than the salaries. This means that the world of capital would need to urgently become more humane.

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