While the salaries of state officials and MPs have increased dramatically in recent years, the cleaning and maintenance staff they share a workplace with are still overworked and underpaid.
The Hotel Adriatiku in Mitrovica collapsed during the night as it underwent renovations on Monday, killing one man who was discovered in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The Kosovo Democratic Institute criticized the lack of protection for employees in the private sector and high rates of workplace deaths in a press conference on Tuesday.
With 93 yellow hard hats, each representing a lost life, protesters in Prishtina demanded a halt to workplace deaths in Kosovo and better conditions for workers overall.
Violations of workers’ rights in Kosovo are commonplace, and unions are powerless and politically-influenced. We need to establish new forms of labor organization--grassroots and democratic.