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Association of Disabled labourers - Radovis

Protection of disabled labourers' rights

The condition of people with special needs has been in the focus of attention of the broader public quite often. When the economic situation in the country becomes worse, this people are the first to suffer. In their efforts to find alternative solutions to their problems, and not only relying on the state to help them, people with special needs try to help themselves by organizing into civic associations.

The Association of Disabled Labourers from Radovis was also founded to follow and realize the overall problem regarding the qualification, rehabilitation, employment and integration of labour invalids in the municipalities Radovis, Podares and Konce.

The Association, among other activities, is concerned with improving the material condition of the invalids.

-We have recently distributed humanitarian help that we got from the Macedonian Orthodox Church organization "Milosrdie" (Mercy) - said the Association's president Stojka Svirkova. -The help consisted in clothes, which we distributed to the Association members. As much as we could, we are trying to help the labour invalids to realize their rights. So, recently, we lobbied and got document for the labour invalids from one of the enterprises, which went bankrupt, but reactivated again. We managed to provide money for them, until their next employment. However, the situation is really difficult, especially in the cases of bad economic working, the labour invalids are the first to leave and the last to come back, if the employer ever decides to give them that opportunity, says Svirkova.

The Association, through the Open Society Institute Macedonia Programmes, has provided means for computer work training for five of its members, and other members attended the Macedonian Centre for International Cooperation training. Besides this, the association members' ambitions are to create their own web-site and provide means to be trained in using the global network - the Internet.

-It is really difficult to work in a situation when the Association is financed by its membership, which is 20 MKD - says Svirkova. -Unfortunately, Radovis is one of the rare municipalities where the membership of all pensioners goes to the Pensioners' Association and it is not shared with the Association of labour invalids and the Association of invalid pensioners. We hope to improve this condition in future, so that we can function better and contribute more to improving the labour invalids condition in these three municipalities, ended Svirkova. 

G. Jakovleska

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