BELGRADE — The communist government of Serbia caved in to demands by 700,000 striking workers Tuesday in an attempt to stop Yugoslavia's biggest labor protest since World War II. Tanjug news agency said strike leaders decided to carry on with the strike until the government concessions were verified by Serbia's parliament.
Textile and metal workers went on strike Tuesday to demand wages they have not received for several months and a guaranteed minimum monthly wage of $200, as well as lower tariffs on companies.
Their demands were presented to Serbian government officials at a rally of some 2,000 workers in Belgrade.
"After talks with union representatives, the republic's government agreed to all the demands of the workers [at the rally]," Tanjug said.
Tanjug said minimum wages from January and February would be paid by the end of April, a major tax law would be abolished, and a new social security plan adopted.