Monday, October 28, 2013

FAP workers block Belgrade-Bar railway line

10/28/2013 2:20:00 PM

PRIBOJ - Over 1,000 workers of 'Fabrika automobila Priboj' (FAP), a Serbian automotive manufacturer, blocked the railway line connecting Belgrade to the south Adriatic port of Bar in Montenegro Monday morning.
The workers blocked a section of the line in Priboj, southwestern Serbia, in protest against long-overdue payment of wages and salaries, failure to renew workers' healthcare cards and lack of work.

 Milorad Dragas, chairman of the strike committee, said that the workers will stay there until their demands are met or a senior government official spoke to them. “We have not received any payments in months, we are unable to get access to healthcare, and we do not have any work to do,” Dragas told Tanjug. The Serbian Railways said in a release that the rail traffic has been suspended and nobody knows if and when the FAP workers plan to end their strike.

 A passenger train en route from Belgrade to Prijepolje, southwestern Serbia, was stopped in Priboj and will be returned to Belgrade and an international train that left Belgrade for Bar will only reach the city of Uzice, western Serbia, according to the release. An international train from Bijelo Polje, a town in northeastern Montenegro, will be stopped in Prijepolje, and a freight train bound for Montenegro is waiting to start off at a station in Pozega, a town in western Serbia. Freight trains carrying Fiat's cars from Kragujevac, central Serbia, have passed the blockade and are heading to Bar. Photo Tanjug Video

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