Pensioners warn of strikes and protests – Kajtazi: For 22 years we have been ignored and underestimated – Latest News
The President of the League of Pensioners of Kosovo, Shaban Kajtazi, has made a written request for a meeting with Prime Minister Albin Kurti and Minister of Finance and Transfers, Hekuran Murati.
Kajtazi in an interview for Ekonomia Online, explained that they requested an urgent meeting with both after the decision of the Government not to continue providing allowances for this category.
Kajtazi even called this decision of the Government unexpected. According to him, for more than 20 years they have been ignored and underestimated by institutions.
According to him, if this trend continues, they have no choice but to take measures for strikes and protests.
“This decision was unexpected due to the fact that in Kosovo there are 180 thousand pensioners, of which 140 thousand are basic pensioners who receive a social pension. So this decision has greatly affected their mood and they remain disappointed with this decision. Maybe the government has thought for a long time to raise me to 10 euros. “10 euros is not a value for basic pensioners because they have 90 euros, plus 10 euros, it is not a basis for their lives”.
“So the decision was a bit unexpected. I have asked for contact as soon as possible with the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance and Transfers to give us an answer and we will respond that this decision is unacceptable, disappointing and has not chosen pensioners except the basic ones. We have also sent a written letter, but we expect that the pensioners will not be ignored because for 22 years they have been ignored and underestimated “.
“Now the pensioners are forgotten and they are not doing well. This government left the pensioners in this situation. We have fled the protests but we have come to a position that they are not understanding us. “If this trend towards the care of pensioners continues, we have no choice but to take measures until protests and strikes”, added Kajtazi.
He said that Pensioners are in a difficult material and mental condition.
“Pensioners are in a difficult situation both materially and mentally. “They have diseases, they use drugs and they do not have enough money to buy them, especially now in conditions of a pandemic because 90 euros do not cost you anything,” he said.
Kajtazi stressed that until he approves the Law on Disability Pension Insurance, the issue of pensioners will remain pending and unresolved.
“Until the Government approves the Law on Disability Pension Insurance, the issue of pensions is not resolved and it is the only case in Europe that a country is without the law on disability pension insurance. “Until this law is approved, the issue of pensions is pending and has not been resolved.”
Whereas the Minister of Finance, Hekuran Murati, said that the decision of the previous Government after April had not planned to continue the doubling of social assistance and allowances of 30 euros for pensioners who receive less than 100 euros.