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Serbia Faces Battle Over Reform of Public Companies

Government risks confrontation with workers as it proceeds with plans to slim down and sell off several big state companies.

By Milan Culibrk in Belgrade (BCR No 552, 15-Apr-05)

Serbia's government faces the first big test of its plans to reform public companies with the case of the national air carrier, Yugoslav Airlines, JAT.

While JAT's flight schedule is significantly reduced, owing to an ongoing strike, no one can predict the ultimate fate of the company that is incurring big annual losses.

Planes have been grounded for three weeks now because of the strike by aviation mechanics and engineers demanding payment of late salaries.

Workers downed tools after the company failed to pay part of November and December 2004 salaries. The Serbian finance ministry refused to forward the money, saying the company had used up its 2004 budget for salaries by the first half of November.