Source: Beta | Monday, 15.03.2021.| 12:12
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Zastitnik preduzetnika i privrednika Srbije Association: Why are restricted working hours measures discriminatory?

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The “Zastitnik preduzetnika i privrednika Srbije” (“Protector of Entrepreneurs and Business of Serbia”) association has sent several questions to the Crisis Response Team and the Government of Serbia about why the measures of restricting working hours are discriminatory and exclusively to the detriment of local businesses.

– Why are big store chains, mostly owned by foreign capital, allowed to work under the excuse of selling food, while in fact selling all kinds of goods, whereby local business which are not allowed to work are faced with unfair competition, which on the other hand makes extra profit? – the association asks.

Among the questions is why the measures pertain to small stores, in which “there has not been any crowding for a long time, but not to the supermarkets, where there is crowding and where not only food is sold, but also clothes, flowers, tools…”.

The association also asks why counters at hospitality facilities cannot work “when there are bigger queues in front of supermarkets than in front of those counters and why the inspection services allow McDonald’s to sell food at counters, whereas everyone else is closed”.

Businesses also ask why, in accordance with the restriction measures, the charges paid by those to whom the restrictions pertain have not been reduced proportionally.

– Why is it that, a year after restrictions were imposed on hospitality managers and event organizers, who have adapted their operations to all the requests and who have on several occasions unjustly been marked as “sources of infection”, the number of those infected is not dropping? Could it be that the sources of infection are elsewhere, in the public transport, supermarkets, factories, at the funerals of public personalities? – the businesses ask.

They add that “the public bureaucracy sector receives 100% of their salaries even when they’re not working, thereby showing a lack of solidarity with those who, for years, have been bountifully financing the inefficient and unprofessional bureaucracy system of the state”.
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