Discrimination in job vacancies, non-payment of wages and pension contributions, dismissals without reason, degradation in the workplace, lack of efficiency in adjudicating employee-related issues, public competition as opportunities for party employment, etc., are the problems that disturb all citizens able to work.
Despite the fact that the Law on Labor or the Law on Civil Servants has laid down criteria on how and when the dismissal may be made, the reduction in the position, the suspension or the admission to employment, often the employers, the private sector or the public, do not respect relevant laws. The delays of courts in solving and dealing with issues of various nature have also delayed the issues of workers seeking the realization of their rights.
The delays of courts in solving and dealing with issues of various nature have also delayed the issues of workers seeking the realization of their rights.
The Kosovo Democratic Institute (KDI), as part of Transparency International, has received complaints from many citizens about violations of labor rights by state administration or private enterprises at all times. To date, more than 50 cases of labor rights have been received and handled.
In addition, KDI conducted a survey with civil servants employed in judicial and prosecutorial institutions and law enforcement institutions (courts, prosecutor’s offices, police, correctional services, etc.) at the beginning of this year, which proves that more than half of the participants think that the rule of law sector continues to be dysfunctional, while employment and promotion procedures are highly politicized. Even more disturbing is the fact that civil servants have little knowledge of the mechanisms in which they should report such cases, the research proves.
KDI requires public institutions to respect the rights in the public competition as well as the rights deriving from employment contracts. They also call on the prosecution to investigate as many cases of undeserved employment and against the principles of equality of the parties.
All citizens are invited to submit all violations they have at work, both in the public and private sectors, to the relevant state institutions, using the legal aid that KDI offers through the free number 0800 77777.