Bosnians protest against EU-recommended labor law saying it reduces workers' rights

Associated Press

Thousands of Bosnians have taken their dissatisfaction with the draft of a new labor law to the streets of Sarajevo, claiming it harms workers' rights.

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The Bosnian-Croat regional government has put the law on parliament's agenda on Thursday but the protesters are demanding that it not be discussed until unions are involved in its drafting.

In the Bosnian Serb half of the country, the law has not yet reached parliament but dissatisfaction is similar.

Bosnia's leaders want to move the country closer to EU membership by implementing EU-recommended socioeconomic reforms. The new law is part of that effort.

The current labor law was inherited from the communist regime and offers wide protection to workers but is not business-friendly. It is partly the reason for the 40 percent unemployment rate.