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Unions say that 10,000 workers will also stage a public protest against the privatization of the Post-Telecom PTK and the Power Company, KEK, on Friday.
The Alliance of Independent Unions of Kosovo, BSPK, said it had gathered 50,000 signatures for its petition opposing the privatization of the Post-Telecom of Kosovo, PTK, Kosovo Energy Company, KEK, and the Trepca mines.
Haxhi Arifi, chairman of the BSPK, said on Thursday that besides the petition, some 10,000 workers from the PTK and KEK will protest against selling the two state-owned firms.
“All workers will protest for half an hour in their workplaces on Friday against the wild privatization of these enterprises,” he said in Pristina.
The PTK has over 2,000 employees, while KEK has 8,000 workers in total.
Twenty-seven organizations united around the chairmanship of the BSPK last week to oppose sales of the government's shares in the three biggest remaining state-owned companies in Kosovo.
The call went out on the same day that the Procurement Overview Body gave a green light for the government to proceed further with its plans.
Five companies have qualified for the next round of the competition to buy the government's 75 per cent share in PTK.
These are Albright Capital Management LLC, in cooperation with Portugal Telecom; Columbia Capital in consortium with ACP Axos Capital Gmbh, which cooperate with British Telecom – Poland; M1 International Limited; Turkcell and; Twelve Hornbeams in consortium with Avicenna Capital LLC, which cooperate with Sofrecom (part of France Telecom).
The alliance of organizations opposed to the sales blames privatizations for massive job losses and for the poor economic situation in general on the ground.
The BSPK chairman said that after the alliance closes the petition call on Sunday, it will send copies to the President, government and the Speaker of Parliament.
“By Monday, we expect [parliament to call] an extraordinary session, and put the privatization of the state owned enterprises to debate,” Arifi said.
Four political parties aspiring to form the new government in Kosovo have handed management of the crucial EU-led talks with Serbia to the nationalistic Levizja Vetevendosja party - well known for its opposition to the dialogue.
Kosovo’s representatives in talks with Serbia do not have the mandate to reach agreements because Pristina still has no government three months after national elections, analysts say.
The EU rule-of-law mission wants to arrest a Serb mayor and former mayor – a move that could further heighten tensions in the north of Kosovo.
A Kosovo Albanian has been killed and two others were wounded in the forests in Kosovo, allegedly by a person in a Serbian army uniform.
At Friday's UN session on Kosovo, the formation of a special court to try war crimes committed by Kosovo Albanian fighters in the 1990s will be on the agenda.
Several hundred Kosovo Albanians protesting about missing persons from the conflict of the 1990s prevented a busload of Serbs from attending a church service in western Kosovo.
Serbian Interior Minister says he is sending fresh police officers to the Kosovo border following the death of an officer who was shot near the border, allegedly by illegal loggers.
Kosovo's Deputy Prime Minister has predicted that joint border controls with Serbia, in line with the agreement on Integrated Border Management, will soon be up and running.
Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic will go on trial on August 26 for war crimes during the Kosovo conflict as well as committing murder during clashes that erupted afterwards.
EU-led talks on the controversial 'Peace Park erected in the divided northern Kosovo town of Mitrovica have ended with widely differing versions of what was agreed in Brussels.
Brussels agreement has left Serbs in north Kosovo uncertain about what the future holds - and whether they should remain at all.