Montenegro, República de - International union action against Deutsche Telekom (2012)

Workers at Crnogorski telekom, in Podgorica, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, went on strike on 15 March 2010 in protest at violations of their collective agreement. The employer unilaterally imposed a requirement for the majority of employees to work despite the strike, prohibited them from wearing badges or other symbols of solidarity and brought in strike breakers from two other companies. On 7 July 2011, the German union ver.di, Communication Workers of America and UNI Global Union filed a complaint with the OECD contact point, describing Deutsche Telekom’s anti-union activities in the US and Montenegro which violated the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and company’s own published commitments to labour standards. The complaint stated that Crnogorski Telekom hindered the free exercise of collective bargaining and completely undermined the effectiveness of the strike during March 2010 events.

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