After Police Union, Serbia’s Army Union faces relegation

After Police Union, Serbia’s Army Union faces relegation

After Police Union, Serbia’s Army Union faces relegation Izvor: N1

The Army union representatives said the decision on their relegation had been brought, but they still waited for the official report, N1 said.

At the joint news conference with the colleagues from the Police Union of Serbia (PSS), both of which had criticised the respective ministers, the Army representatives said they faced the same model - their membership would be declared below the level set by law for the union to be classified as representative.

Novica Antic, the head of the Army Union, said they demanded an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Ana Brnabic to inform her about what they said were problems created by the Defence (Aleksandar Vulin) and Interior (Nebojsa Stefanovic) ministers.

“If that doesn’t happen we will be in the street," Antic said, adding the number of their members was much higher than stipulated by law.

Immediately after he announced the protest, Brnabic called him during the news conference.

Antic told reporters she scheduled a meeting for next Monday at 8:30 am and said he would talk to media about next moves after the meeting.

The Interior Ministry downgraded the PSS status in early March after saying it determined that less than 15 percent of ministry and police employees were in it.

The Ministry statement said that the review of PSS membership was conducted at the request of the Independent Police Union which on February 19 claimed the PSS had been reviewed three years ago and that its membership had dropped since then.

The PSS said the Ministry action was illegal and brutal. It added it had registered 11,500 members and required only 6,000 to be representative.

“The Independent Police Union, which is close to Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic, made its demand just hours after we announced protests,” the PSS said adding that the pressure started after the union warned of corruption in the ministry.

The Army Union criticised Vulin and said it was not satisfied with the Minister’s work, adding the military would not violently change the regime, neither would it ever go against its people.

The reaction followed Serbia’s defence chiefs meeting after which they said the “military will not allow any coup attempt and will not be used to topple the government.”

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