Statement on the occasion of World Day for Decent Work

On the occasion of 7 October, World Day for Decent Work, Commissioner for the Protection of Equality Brankica Jankovic stresses that the right to work is one of the basic human rights and that we all should work intensively to create conditions for all people, to be able to provide decent living for them and their family with their work.  She reminds of Universal Declaration of Human Rights that states that everybody has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

Commissioner says that existing legal frame regulates the area of employment rights in a satisfactory manner, but that there are cases of individual violations of rights which should be reported and reacted to. According to Commissioner’s data, discrimination occurs most frequently in this area and many people are facing it – because of their age, disability, appointing of pregnant women or women who recently gave birth to lower working positions or because of membership in political and syndical organizations.

Stressing the importance of prevention of discrimination for decent work, Commissioner Jankovic reminds that Commissioner for the Protection of Equality has issued a Code of Equality, which contains directives for creating of anti-discriminatory policy of employers in Serbia, who are progressively implementing it in their work.

Commissioner emphasizes that it is important to continue with improving of efficiency of inspectorate services and all other relevant services for the protection of the employee’s rights, but also to empower workers to address the institutions for the protection of their rights.

Working on increasing of number of jobs and also creating of better labor market conditions for all, especially for members of sensitive social groups, should be priority action in all our society, concludes Commissioner Janković.

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