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18 Sep 2023

Sonja Gocanin, RFE/RL

Serbia: Workers allege strict rules violating labour rights at Bor Copper Mines

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"'It's Like The Army': Strict Rules For Workers At Chinese Mining Company In Serbia Spark Backlash", 18 September 2023

Strict new rules enforced at a Chinese-operated mine in eastern Serbia have sparked controversy and pushback in the Balkan country over concerns that the company is violating local labor laws...

News of the stringent rules at the mine has since sparked a backlash in Serbia, with labor groups and unions saying such conditions could be in violation of local laws, such as forcing employees to take an oath and work under hostile conditions. In response to the public pushback, Serbia's Labor, Employment, Veteran, and Social Policy Ministry launched an inspection of Jinshan Construction in August, RFE/RL reported...

Neither Jinshan Construction nor Zijin responded to RFE/RL's requests for comment, but the companies maintain that they follow local labor practices and uphold high standards for their operations in the country...