During the 2011-2012, Center for democracy Foundation participated in "Decent Work Balkan - Putting Equality and Solidarity at the heart of EU integration" project, started by Olof Palme International Centar.
This project aimed at strengthening capacities of trade unions, think-tanks and NGO's to work together in alliances for achievement of decent work in the Balkans. During the last two years, we formed informal Balkan decent work network as well as Serbian one and implemented joint advocacy actions and public campaigns. Through the projected activities we raised public awareness about the fundamental rights of the EU and ensured that the voices of the most vulnerable groups are heard within governmental bodies and the wider community.During the project we implemented the following activities
1. Case study about decent work in Serbia. This case study, along with the ones from other partners was presented in Brussels. You can read the study here
2. National training "Problems and Possibilities for Decent Work Improvement-a Step Toward EU"
3. National hearing about shadow economy. You can watch the hearing here
4. Two regional trainings in which partners and other relevant subjects exchanged experience and considered the possibilities for improving decent work in the region.
5. National workshop "Rights of Labor and employment - Legislation and practice" 6.
Round table „Toward labour law reforms". You can watch the debate here
You can read the transcript from the debate here
, and look at the photo gallery
from the event7.
Organized a meeting with the delegation of the European Committee of Social rights concerning European Social charter and Collective complaints system. This meeting was result of the Joint initiative of NGOs and trade unions for ratification of Protocol on collective complaints. Our Decent work Network sent the letter of initiative to the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy on 11 October 2011, and as a result of that letter, and activities of the Ministry, delegation of the European Committee of Social rights came to Serbia. They also had meetings with trade unions, members of Parliament of Serbia and Minister for Labor and employment. Center for the democracy informed the delegation about the project and all participants of the meeting agreed about the future cooperation.
8. Participated in three round tables in Brussels, where we informed members of European Commission and European Parliament about workers rights in Serbia and advocated for additional European commission support for the decent work agenda in Serbia
9. Participated in NGO Fair's in 2011 and 2012 and together with CATUS and UGS Nezavisnost informed citizens about decent work and workers rights.
10. Distributed over 1000 leaflets and publications about decent work Partner organization
SOLIDAR made a short movie about decent work. You can see it here
Partners in the project were: SOLIDAR (Belgium), AGENDA Institute (Albania), CLARD (Kosovo/UNMIK), STBIH (commerce Trade Union in Bosnia Herzegovina), Progress Institute for Social-Democracy (Macedonia), Progetto Sviluppo (Italy)
Associates on the project were: Bosnia & Herzegovina: Initiative for Development and Cooperation BiH (IDC BiH), Civil society promotion center, Center for Civic cooperation; Czech Republic: Rada pro mezinárodní vztahy (Czech Council on Foreign Relations);
Serbia: Confederation of Autonomous Trade Unions of Serbia (CATUS), UGS Nezavisnost, Initiative for Development and Cooperation Serbia (IDC Serbia);
This project was funded by European Comission