Montenegro: The crisis requires partnership, pro-activity, responsibility and open dialogue

According to the Social Council, the social partners – the Montenegrin Federation of Employers (MEF), the Confederation of Montenegrin Trade Unions (CTUM) and the Union of Free Trade Unions (UFTUM) – are developing a platform that provides recommendations for the recovery of the Montenegrin economy from coronavirus pandemic.

“In crisis situations such as the coronavirus pandemic Montenegro is fighting for 12 months, it requires partnership, pro-activity, responsibility and an open dialogue involving all important social actors,” says a press release issued after Social Council meeting.

The Council meeting, organized by the Social Council and the International Labor Organization (ILO) with the support of the British Embassy and the Good Governance Fund, focused on the increasingly complex economic situation and ways to support as many businesses and countries as possible. pune.

Deputy Chairman of the Council and Minister of Economic Development Jakov Milatović said at the meeting that the Government had approved a Work Plan and a Draft Budget for this year.

He said that this year’s Draft Budget, a very challenging one for the economy, provided for an increase in minimum wages, but not in pensions and public sector wages.

Milatović invited the social partners and the public to monitor all health protection measures, adding that pandemic control and the immunization process were very important for the success of the upcoming tourist season.

In the field of work worthy of all, dignity, equality and non-discrimination of the LGBTQ community in labor and labor relations, the Council contributed to the implementation of the Strategy 2019 – 2023 for Improving the Quality of Life for LGBTI People in Montenegro .

ILO expert on fundamental principles and labor rights Constance Thomas said Montenegro’s legislative framework was in line with most international standards and principles, especially EU legislation.

As she said, Montenegro now needs to focus on practical implementation and address prejudices and prejudices.

UN Human Rights Adviser Anjet Lanting said CEDEM research showed that the level of discrimination in employment in all groups was lower on the basis of sexual orientation, adding that it was 34.9%.

In 2007, the UN adopted Standards of Conduct for Business: Addressing Discrimination Against LGBTI Persons, Based on Human Rights, Eliminating Discrimination Against LGBTI Employees and Providing Support to LGBTI Staff at Work, Preventing Discrimination against LGBTI Clients , suppliers and distributors, and standing up for the human rights of LGBTI persons in the communities where they do business.

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