The government of Serbia has proposed a draft law on Seasonal and Other Occasional Employment in Specific Business Activities (Draft Law). The Draft Law expands the industries and types of work considered "seasonal work"—an expansion of the use of non-standard forms of employment. The Draft Law also places these non-standard forms of employment outside of the traditional labor system, stripping an unprecedented number of workers from their labor rights, including the right to unionization. Furthermore, the Draft Law relaxes the requirements for recruiting and hiring foreign workers who are considered seasonal workers, a move which comes amidst recent reports of poor working conditions and allegations of forced and trafficked labors of foreign workers in Serbia. The Draft Law is inconsistent with provisions of the Serbian Constitution and with Serbia's international human rights commitments, such as the ILO conventions which Serbia has ratified.
Upon the Serbian government's consideration of a Revised Draft Law, the Program published in November 2022 an updated review. Please read the full review here.