Former employees of what was a state-owned Serbian farming and food production company have staged a protest in front of the court where they are suing the government.
The Association of former employees of the PKB (Belgrade Agriculture Combine) are also suing the Al Dahra company which bought the PKB.
The former employees are demanding compensation for the free shares in PKB that they are entitled to under the law but never received. The protest was staged before the first hearing in front of the Economic Court.
PKB Independent Union leader Milisav Djordjevic denied that Al Dahra had violated an agreement on employee numbers by not renewing the contracts of 300 employees, saying that the Arab company now employs 1,300 people which is more than the 1,000 it was obliged to give jobs to.
PKB was sold to the UAE-based Al Dahra’s sister firm in Serbia with its 17,000 hectares of land and 20,000 head of cattle for 120 million Euros in September 2018. Djordjevic said that all contracts were ended and severance pay given to employees before five-month contracts were signed with all of them.
He said the law suit is groundless because the former employees were paid 450 Euros for every year of employment.