How Rrahman Jasharaj became Kurti’s biggest opponent
Rrahman Jasharaj has long since become the biggest opponent of Prime Minister Albin Kurti. Threats from the government, followed by insults and insults from LVV activists and supporters towards Jasharaj, have not made him withdraw. This duel between the social democratic leader and the chief trade unionist has put the children in the middle, who are not going to school.
Prime Minister Albin Kurti and his subordinates have not spared the trade unions for a long time, especially the head trade unionist for Education, Rrahman Jasharaj. But neither the language nor the decisions of the government, until now, have made Jasharaj take steps back. He is committed to the demands of those he represents.
“If we give up now”, Jasharaj said today, “they don’t have a day to stop”.
The Vetëvendosje Government, once an ally of the trade unions, has entered into a frontal war with trade unionists and strikers, who are demanding better conditions and better pay for civil servants.
Kurti considers that now, as long as he is governing, the unions should not be an “instrument” for the boycott of the Government.
“I understand that the strike is an instrument of the unions, but the unions themselves do not make them an instrument of the boycott of the government and the state. The school is the state, the school cannot be boycotted”, Kurti said today in Gjakovë, upset that classes did not start due to strikes.
Although in the election campaigns and before them, the Vetëvendosje Movement aligned with the unions and supported their strikes, now things have changed. Now, Kurti as Prime Minister, says that no one should be paid when they don’t work.
“You have to understand one thing, you can’t pay people for a job they don’t do. That’s why democratic changes were made in Kosovo in February of last year, we marked one and a half years ago a week ago”, Kurti said.
This was the epilogue of a conflict that has started between the unions and the Government, which has requested the lists of employees who go on strike, in order to stop their salaries.
Meanwhile, Jasharaj says that instead of dialoguing to find a solution, the Government is threatening them. But, he says, the trade unionists will not withdraw.
“Without offering any solution, but only threats, that we will do to them like this, and we will do to them like that, it is useless”, that is, we will not move a millimeter”.
“Cooperation” is also mentioned by Kurti, but he associates this with the disqualification of the demands of the trade unions, which he calls “absurd demands” and “irrational desires”.
Kurti and Jasharaj are the protagonists of this conflict, but they haven’t met each other for a long time. Kurti announced today that he met with the chairman of the Association of Independent Trade Unions of Kosovo, but not with the chairman of the Education union.
“The minister has met the head of the union three times, there are a dozen meetings that the deputies have had with him. I have met the chairman of the BSPK several times, but the legitimate and rational demands are for dialogue. Absurd demands that are irrational desires cannot meet our understanding. I am sorry for this”, Kurti said today.
In March of this year, Jasharaj said that they requested meetings with the Prime Minister, but he did not meet them.
“We requested meetings with Prime Minister Kurti, but a meeting with him did not happen, but we communicated with him from afar and through respected media. We have responded to unfounded and unsubstantiated statements about us and other unions in time and with facts and arguments”, said Jasharaj.
Later, Jasharaj’s statement in an entertainment show became viral, where he said that “Kurti has been bullied, and I have been bullied.”
In the wake of the clashes over the current strike, the president of the SBASHK has announced today that they have submitted a criminal report to the Prosecutor’s Office against the Minister of Finance, due to the decision to stop the salaries of the employees who went on strike.
“Strikes have been carried out in the past, but someone has been ashamed. And, the one who was most ashamed of me, will be Hekuran Murati, who is making low blows, but he wants to take us,” said Jasharaj in a press conference.
On August 31, Murati announced that they have made partial execution of salaries for the month of August, because the list of personnel who worked until the end of the month was not updated in time.
The strike, announced by the BSPK, started on September 25. One of the demands is the allocation of 100 euros for the workers, until the Salary Bill comes into force.
The Bill on Wages is expected to be in public discussion after a week. Then it will be voted in the Government and the Assembly, and it will come into force 8 months after the vote. /Express/