BETA DAILY NEWS February 1, Internet
Teachers Strike Starts in Serbia -- Court-Appointed Manager Takes over
Company That Prints Glas Javnosti -- Ruling Coalition Launches Campaign
against Renewal Movement over Traffic Problems in Capital -- Albanians in
Southern Serbia Call for International Observers -- Support for Montenegro
Independence Down -- Industrial Production Down 24.1 percent
SERBIAN TEACHERS GO ON STRIKE. Teachers in a number of elementary
and secondary schools in Serbia went on strike on Jan. 31, by shortening classes
from 45 to 30 minutes.
Precise information concerning the exact number of teachers who responded to a
call by several trade unions and went on strike can be expected in the next two
days, the unions said.
Four trade unions in Serbia which are gathering some 80 percent of the teachers
are demanding the payment of salary arrears and other benefits, as well as higher
Serbian Education Minister Jovo Todorovic said that on Jan. 31, the Serbian
government paid out the second portion of the December salary to teachers.
A union official, Branislav Pavlovic, said that he has information that the other
portion of the December salary was transferred to the accounts of schools in
Belgrade and Vojvodina, but that the teachers had not yet received their money.
BETA was told in the Serbian Teachers Union that 13 Belgrade schools out of
the union's 20 members went on strike.
BETA was told in the union of Vojvodina teachers that most of the 160 schools
which are members of this union were also on strike.
The strike was organized in schools in other Serbian towns such as Vranje, Nis,
Some 50 percent of the teachers in Kragujevac, Kraljevo, Cacak, Lucani,
Ivanjica, Gornji Milanovac and Uzice also joined the strike.
FATE OF ABC GRAFIKA PRINTING COMPANY STILL UNCLEAR.
Court-appointed manager Dusan Abramovic took charge of the bankrupt ABC
Grafika printing company on Jan. 31. Court officials showed up at the offices of
ABC Produkt, founder of ABC Grafika, later in the day to take an inventory of
Former ABC Grafika manager and acting editor in chief of the Glas Javnosti
newspaper Slavoljub Kacarevic told BETA that the court-appointed manager had
not yet decided whether or not to shut the company down.
The Belgrade Commercial Court initiated bankruptcy proceedings against ABC
Grafika saying that it could not repay over 80 million dinars in debts even though
the company earlier reached an agreement with its creditors.
Kacarevic said ABC Grafika's legal counsel had filed an appeal with a higher
court on Jan. 31.
He added that the bankruptcy proceedings against the company and the court
ordered inventory of ABC Product "are an effort to de facto ban the publication
of Glas Javnosti and all other papers that are printed by ABC Product." Glas
Javnosti was available at newsstands in Belgrade on the evening of Jan. 31.
PRIVATE BUSSING COMPANIES ON STRIKE IN BELGRADE, CITY
TRANSPORT IN CHAOS. Most of Belgrade's privately-owned bussing
companies refused to send out any buses on Jan. 31, in response to a negative
answer to their request for a price hike that would increase the price of bus
tickets from three to eight dinars.
Very few of the 800 registered privately-owned buses were on the streets of
Belgrade. A marked increase in the number of taxis was more than apparent,
Transportation companies are demanding higher prices (prices have not changed
for almost four years) claiming that they simply cannot cover expenses for fuel
and spare parts.
Belgrade city council executive board deputy chairman Aleksandar Milutinovic
on Jan. 31 called on the private bussing companies to halt their strike, city council
said in a statement.
The statement went on to say that Belgrade city council would again ask the
Serbian government to authorize the price hike.
"The city has asked the republic to allow a price increase several times but the
answer was always negative," said Milutinovic.
"We, of course, never asked that the prices be economic, taking care to preserve
the standard of living of Belgrade residents," he said, adding that the Serbian
government was inciting the public transportation chaos so that it could transfer
the blame to the city authorities.
Belgrade city council has been unwilling to authorize an increase in busing fees,
claiming it does not have the authority.
STATE TV, RULING PARTIES BLAST BELGRADE AUTHORITIES
OVER TRANSPORTATION STRIKE. State television and the ruling parties
strongly criticized the Belgrade city authorities on Jan. 31 over the collapse of
public transportation in the Yugoslav capital.
State television devoted the first 12 minutes of its prime time news to blasting the
Belgrade city authorities, saying that the transportation problems were a result of
"chaos in the Serbian Renewal Movement-run city council which is incapable of
organizing public transportation."
It also aired footage of Belgrade residents and officials of the ruling parties
blaming the city government for the breakdown of public transportation.
ALBANIANS FROM SOUTHERN SERBIA DEMAND U.N. OR OSCE
ALBANIANS ATTACK POLICE PATROL IN SOUTHERN SERBIA
NUMBER OF SUPPORTERS OF INDEPENDENT MONTENEGRO
MILOSEVIC FORCES MONTENEGRO OUT OF YUGOSLAVIA SAYS
PICKERING: U.S. WOULD OPPOSE SERB MILITARY ACTION
OPPOSITION'S VICTORY IN SERBIA WOULD OPEN DIALOG WITH
LAWYER VUJIN FOUND IN CONTEMPT OF HAGUE TRIBUNAL
FORMER KLA MEMBERS LEAVE KOSOVO PROTECTION CORPS
BUKOSHI SAYS HIS GOVERNMENT HAS MANDATE UNTIL NEXT
SERBIAN ASSOCIATION OF JOURNALISTS DEMANDS THAT EU LIFT
TRAVEL BAN ON JOURNALISTS
INDEPENDENT JOURNALISTS URGE AUTHORITIES TO REPEAL
MINISTER SAYS INFORMATION LAW STOPPED LIES
KOSTUNICA SAYS NO LIFTING OF SANCTIONS BEFORE NEW
KOSOVO, SLOVENIAN BUSINESSMEN INTERESTED IN
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION IN 1999 DROPS 24.1 PERCENT
GERMANY TO BEGIN ISSUING VISAS IN BELGRADE AS OF FEB. 7
ALBANIANS IN MACEDONIA DO NOT DEMAND FEDERALIZATION
OR SECESSION SAYS XHAFERI
VECERNJE NOVOSTI -- SOCIALISTS TO CALL ELECTIONS AFTER
FRONT PAGE REVIEW
EVENTS OF THE DAY - FEB. 1
PRISTINA - The Temporary Administrative Council of Kosovo should official
began to operate. All underground institutions are at the same time supposed to
cease to exist.
BELGRADE - 11 a.m. - Managing board meeting. The main item on the agenda
is experience gained from and the results of privatization in Yugoslavia.
BELGRADE - 11 a.m. - Democratic Alternative press conference. The party is
a member of the DAN coalition.
BELGRADE - Noon - Serbian Renewal Movement press conference.
BELGRADE - 1 p.m. - Press conference of the student movement Otpor on
criminal charges filed by Otpor activists in Kragujevac against the Lid
BANJALUKA - 10 a.m. - Continuation of Republika Srpska government
meeting. Premier Milorad Dodik's Party of Independent Social Democrats will
hold a press conference at 11 a.m.
WEATHER FORECAST FOR FEB. 2
It will be foggy in the morning, but sunny and warmer during the day. Morning
temperatures will be between minus 2 and 4 degrees Celsius, and 6 degrees
along the Adriatic coast. Daily highs will be between 10 and 15 degrees, with up
to 18 degrees on the Montenegrin coast.
Belgrade is facing another sunny and warmer day, with light westerly wind.
Morning temperatures will be around 5, and daily highs will reach 14 degrees