September 26, 1988 |
Workers in state restaurants in Communist Yugoslavia have threatened to go on strike to protest against economic reforms that have allowed the private catering sector to mushroom. "The current tax system stimulates private cafes, and their owners are really living it up," Rade Petkovic, director of the state-owned Belgrade restaurant Madera, was quoted as saying in the Belgrade newspaper Vecernje Novosti. "State-owned restaurants are severely handicapped by . . .
June 18, 1988 |
About 5,000 striking factory workers demonstrated angrily Friday outside the Federal Assembly (Parliament) to protest pay cuts, shouting "We want bread!" and calling on the government to resign. The workers from the Zmaj tractor factory outside Belgrade marched through the streets waving huge red banners and pictures of the late Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito. Onlookers cheered and clapped as workers accused the government of corruption and incompetence.
March 1, 1987 |
Authorities in Yugoslavia have started a public campaign against a fledgling Solidarity-like movement whose leaders have called on citizens to organize against what they see as repressive tactics by the government. In a series of speeches widely published in the national press, leaders of the ruling League of Communists described the group, known as the Solidarity Fund, as a budding opposition party that has no place in the country's complex political structure.
December 30, 1989 |
About 20,000 Yugoslavian workers in a mining and industrial complex went on strike, demanding a 40% pay increase, Belgrade Radio reported. If the strike continues at the Kolubara complex 35 miles, south of Belgrade, the operation of two plants essential for supplying power to the Yugoslav capital would be threatened, the state news agency Tanjug said. It is among several strikes throughout the country this month, with workers protesting low wages amid a 2,500% annual inflation rate.
October 15, 1988 |
The government announced plans Friday to ease an unpopular austerity program, three days before the leadership meets to consider widespread demands for resignations in its leadership. Deputy Premier Janez Zemljaric said Yugoslavia will import $600 million in emergency staples--triple the amount announced Oct. 8 by the government--to ease the worst economic crisis in the country in four decades.