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Staffers strike at Serbia net

Union calling for enforcement of Broadcast Act

BUDAPEST — Staff at Yugoslavia’s largest TV network, Radio Television Serbia, went on strike Wednesday after a breakdown in talks with management and the government.

The union is calling for the immediate enforcement of the Broadcast Act to safeguard its role as a public service broadcaster and stop political meddling in the station, a 30% pay hike, vacation pay and a new collective agreement between workers and the net.

Belgrade cannot activate the act, a 6-month-old piece of legislation, until lawmakers appoint a broadcast council to regulate the industry.

The union is also calling for the replacement of RTS’ managing board, including director Aleksandar Crkvenjakov.

RTS workers have been reeling in recent months in the wake of layoffs that strikers say cannot be continued until the new act comes into play.

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