Kickoff Meeting of the Erasmus+ Project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights”
Kickoff meeting of the Erasmus+ Project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights” was held in Belgrade on December 12, 2018. The project, envisaged as a combination of awareness raising and educational activities, is aimed at improving knowledge and information of young workers on their labour rights (what are their labour rights, what endangers them and how to protect them), so that they can work in fair, just and decent working conditions, being fully aware of these rights and exercising them.
Apart from the mentioned knowledge and information, the aim of the project activities is to help them develop a variety of skills, as well as self-confidence in order to help them create better perspectives in their lives. This project is seen as pilot activity in work with young workers and should result in sustainable model that can be replicated all over again as part of regular extracurricular educational activities of young workers, once they enter the labour market, in cooperation with trade unions and relevant institutions from Croatia, Serbia, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia.
University of Rijeka, Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe is the main project researcher, in charge of constructing the youth survey “Are you Familiar with your Labour Rights”, designed to gather and analyse data for further project activities to be implemented jointly by project partners in 2019.
Official project website
All news regarding the project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights” you can also follow on the official website at: pravauradu.org/en/.
On this web address you can find detailed information about the project and its phases, coordinator, partners and follow news regarding the project within the Erasmus+ programme European Union: KA2 – Capacity Building in the Field of Youth/Western Balkan Window.
Project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights” is implemented by Development Center for Youth Belgrade and Trade Union of Administration of Republic of Serbia, Trade Union Educational Center Banja Luka and Trade Union of Administration of Republic of Srpska, Foundation Budva and Trade Union of Administration and Judiciary of Montenegro, Coalition SEGA from Prilep and Trade Union UPOZ of Macedonia, Center for Advanced Studies – South Eastern Europe at the University of Rijeka and organization YouthWatch from Slovakia.
Project consortium meeting in Avala, Serbia
The second meeting of the Consortium took place in Avala, Serbia on April 8, 2019. The meeting’s agenda was opened with a presentation of the national and regional reports on the online Youth Survey “Are You Familiar with your Labour Rights” conducted by the main research partner – University of Rijeka, Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe, in four partner countries: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Macedonia. The presentation of the youth survey’s results was followed by joint planning of the next project activities – design of the project’s visual identity and the awareness raising campaign.
National reports on the level of youth information on labor rights
After comprehensive analysis of the situation on the field, conducted by an online youth survey “Are You Familiar with your Labour Rights?” among citizens of the regional countries, the project team presents the results of the research, which now constitute the starting point for all further activities within the project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights”. With this project, we are trying to improve the awareness of young people about their labor rights, in order to empower them to combat negative phenomena in working environment and improve their working standard.
Focus of the research was on young people under the age of 35, employed in public administration. Research was carried out by the Center for Advanced Studies of South East Europe at the University of Rijeka, with the support of the trade unions of administration and justice involved in the project implementation.
National Reports can be found at the official website and downloaded in pdf format.
Research is part of the project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights”, supported under the Erasmus+ program of the European Union: KA2 – Capacity building in the field of youth/Western Balkan Window.
The training for future peer educators “Labour Rights of Youth – Phenomena Endangering them and Mechanisms of Protection” was held in Bratislava, Slovakia, May 20 – 25, 2019.
Youth representatives – young union workers from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Croatia and Slovakia participated in an education on human rights, focusing on the working rights of the youth, and the threats that diminish these rights, with the actual mechanisms of protection. The education was designed with an aim of being shared with the peers in the home country as a direct result of the five-day training course in Slovakia.
The support to young youth workers, during the training and in their future work, besides the union representatives of the Project (Trade Union of Administration of Republic of Serbia, Trade Union Educational Center Banja Luka, Trade Union of Administration and Judiciary of Montenegro, Trade Union UPOZ of Macedonia), was given by the citizens’ associations focusing on the youth rights and the coordinator of the project – Development Center for Youth Belgrade, the training host YouthWatch, Foundation Budva and the Coalition SEGA from Prilep. The training was supported by UNIRI CAS SEE delegate Kristina Smoljanovic with a presentation focusing on the themes of future educational activities in correspondence with the national and regional research outlines and the organization of the activities to follow after the Bratislava training.
Peer educators’ workshops
Trade Union of Administration of Serbia and Jovan Dumić opened a series of peer educators’ workshops, to be followed by workshops held in Montenegro, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria and Macedonia, starting on June 27th and lasting throughout the summer to be concluded with a working meeting in Zlatibor, Serbia at the end of August.
During the workshops, young trade union activists from Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Slovakia and Croatia conveyed to their peers knowledge and skills on labor rights and mechanisms of protection against negative phenomena that endanger them, acquired during the training held in Bratislava in May.
As part of the meeting agenda, all previous steps on the project, implemented from December 2018, have been presented; also, peer educators have given presentations of local activities they carried out, and offered recommendations and suggestions for further steps that to be integrated into a joint project brochure.
In addition, during the meeting it has been noted the low level of awareness of young people about what the labor rights were, how to use and protect them, and it has been emphasized that young people are especially interested in getting acquainted with the concept of mobbing, considering it as the greatest threat to a stable working environment nowadays. Thanks to these workshops, many young people learned for the first time when they were entitled to use days off, how the overtime work should be treated, what was a prohibited behavior in working environment, and some of them for the first time realistically perceived the role of trade unions in protecting labor rights and work on strengthening the position of young people in working environment.
Participants of the meeting also discussed with members of the consortium development and implementation of a media campaign planned for September 2019, in order to present to wider audience the project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights” supported by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ program, KA2: Capacity Building in the Field of Youth. A selection of the most important messages that young educators have considered important for further transmission to peers has been made, and the videos have been prepared. Idea is to promote them on the social networks of project partners, with the aim of offering answers to the most common questions and misconceptions regarding labor rights of young workers and their actions and association – independently or through trade unions.
Consultative meeting has been led by Aleksandra Knežević, project coordinator and Nikola Sovrlić, a president of Development Center for Youth. Representatives of partner organizations also took the opportunity to hold the 4th consortium meeting, agreeing on details of the campaign, as well as on initial steps regarding the organization of the final conference of the project.
Promo video for the project „Rights at Work, Work on Rights“ has been launched
Young workers! And you who are not so young or are currently unemployed! Promo video for the project “Rights at Work, Work on Rights” is here!
The project has been conducted since December 2018 in cooperation among partners from trade union, youth and educational sector from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Croatia and Slovakia, and video is one of products in a row that we have prepared in order to spread the word on labor right topic.
Take a look at what we have prepared for you. Follow our work because a lot of valuable staff follows, join our quest and inform yourselves about your labor rights. This is just a beginning.
The project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.