20TH CONGRESS OF THE FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS OF MACEDONIA
– DARKO DIMOVSKI REELECTED FOR PRESIDENT OF SSM –
The 20th Congress of the Federation of Trade Unions of Macedonia was held on 03.07.2020 in A1 Arena, Sports Center Boris Trajkovski – Skopje, starting at 12.00.
Darko Dimovski was reelected at the 20th Congress of SSM. Out of 108 Delegates, the Congress was attended by 91 Delegates, and President Dimovski was elected with 90 votes in favor and 1 vote absteined.
President Dimovski stressed that the strength of the Union is in the cooperation with other unions, their solidarity, joint activities, and union cooperation in the country should and must be deepened.
Our commitment as a Union will be to protect workers but also to inform, motivate and train them on their employment rights but also to understand the importance and need to increase labor productivity, continuous acquisition of knowledge and skills adequate to the technological change and development in order to be able to quickly and efficiently adapt to the needs and demands of the labor market.
As a Union we will pay special attention to all vulnerable categories, women, long-term unemployed, people with disabilities etc.
As for the youth, they are a special target for SSM, we will strive through our active participation and contribution to create youth policies and promote their workers’ rights, in order young people to be more motivated to stay in the country and reduce the wave of migration, because they are our future.
The priority of SSM for the next period will be activities directed at ensuring faster and greater economic development of the State. With our measures and proposed solutions, SSM will strive to make an active contribution as a relevant social partner in the country, to create an economic basis that will ensure poverty reduction, higher standards and social security for the citizens.
The emphasis will be placed on:
- Economic development, poverty reduction, higher standard, social security
- Promoting labor legislation
- Development of social dialogue and collective bargaining
- Health and safe working conditions in companies, zero tolerance for all forms of discrimination and harassment in the workplace, greater social responsibility of companies and care for the protection of human environment
- Free legal protection
- Mobilization of membership, education, training, information
- International cooperation, cooperation with civil society
The 20th Congress SSM for the first time was held under specific circumstances following and respecting all Protocols and Decision on Measures for prevention of COVID-19 adopted by relevant authorities in the country.
Due to the situation with COVID 19, the Congress was attended only by the Delegates, members of the Council of SSM and members of the Presidency of SSM. Having organized the Congress in such way, we have received video messages from our European and International trade union family, namely, Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, Luca Visentini, ETUC General Secretary, Magnus Berge, Senior Specialists, ILO Budapest, Reiner Hoffmann, President of DGB, Eva Ellereit, Director of Friedrich Ebert Foundation Office Skopje, and also many congratulations from our Trade Union Confederations from the region.
The strength of the Union is in its members, expertise, training and information.
Federation of Trade Unions of Macedonia