Serbian union joins 16 days of activism vs. VAW, commits to fight workplace mobbing

Marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the start of the 16 days of trade union activism against VAW, the Trade Union of Workers in Construction and Industry of Building Materials of Serbia organised a workshop, in partnership with BWI, on gender equality on 27 November in Kučevo, Serbia.

Psychologist and researcher Sarita Bradas and psychologist Nikola Ristivojevic of the Center for Democracy Foundation gave an overview of the gender inequalities in the Serbian labour market and the various ways trade unions can promote gender-equal workplaces. 

They also discussed “workplace mobbing,” its root causes and how to strategically address it. They said that it is a psychosocial problem that manifests in workplaces through the abuse and harassment of workers, such as verbal insults and spreading lies about one’s personal and professional life. 

Gender equality legislation and policies were also discussed, alongside the need to narrow down the gender gap in employment and salaries. 

*Face masks were temporarily taken off for the photo opportunity.