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Issue #1930      August 31, 2020

NCP of Yugoslavia, solidarity with Indian construction workers

Statement from the Secretariat of the New Communist Party of Yugoslavia

The New Communist Party of Yugoslavia (NCPY) completely supports the strike of workers from India who are protesting in front of the municipality assembly building of Kraljevo and are demanding that private construction enterprise “Nikolić LLC” pay late wages.

The Indian workers state that they haven’t received four previous pays; their last paycheques were received in February. After that, wages were no longer payed out which caused the workers to stop working during the summer and demand their late wages from the owner of the company. They come from poor families, so their work abroad is their only way of making ends meet. “Nikolić LLC” owes 2.500€ of late wages to every one of the fifty-one workers from India.

This isn’t the first time that the private firm “Nikolić LLC” hasn’t paid their dues to workers from India. It also happened at the beginning of this year when Indian workers on the construction of the fast rail between Belgrade and Budapest and of Corridor 11 complained that the employer was late with paying their wages, was financially punishing them from alleged offences even though there are no legal grounds for such, and of poor working conditions.

“Nikolić LLC” employed workers from India via the American company “Idea Capital.” The owner of “Nikolić LLC”, Nina Nikolić, is also the director of that company’s branch in Serbia.

The NCPY asserts that the Indian workers’ dismal fate is yet another transparent example of the perniciousness and the exploitative nature of so-called lease work, that is, hiring labour from agencies and private enterprises. These workers don’t have any protection and the employer can harass them in many ways without having to bear any consequences.

Especially scandalous is the fact that private firm “Nikolić LLC”, known for violation of workers’ rights and not paying wages, receives the most lucrative business which is financed by the Serbian state or is realised through credits for which the state is the guarantor.

The NCPY demands of the owner of “Nikolić LLC” to immediately pay all late wages to the workers from India. In the case that the private employer continues to refuse to pay out wages, the authorities in Serbia should, in accordance with the law, oblige them to do so.

The NCPY also demands that Labour Inspection most severely punish “Nikolić LLC” for not paying out wages and not registering some workers. As they have shown to be an unscrupulous and greedy employer, the state should no longer finance any business with “Nikolić LLC”.


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