The Police Union of Serbia (PSS) staged a protest in front of the Internal Affairs Ministry on Monday over the decision to downgrade its status.
The ministry decided last week that the PSS could not have the status of a representative union because of low membership numbers which the union denied claiming it had well over the required number of members among ministry employees. The status of representative allows unions to take part in negotiations on contracts and brings other benefits.
Monday’s protest was staged by the board and officials of the PSS in front of the ministry headquarters in New Belgrade.
The gathering was told by PSS deputy leader Vladimir Pavicevic that they were there to demand the law is obeyed, adding that they will no longer keep quiet about corruption in the ministry.
PSS leader Veljko Mijailovic said that union members were subject to discrimination as ministry employees. He said the union is being attacked for fighting crime and corruption. “The PSS will not give up. We only want the laws obeyed in the state,” he said.
A PSS delegation entered the ministry building to request a meeting with Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic or other top officials. They met with assistant Director of Police Slobodan Malesic but, according to the PSS, not about the issues they asked to discuss.