From 5 – 9 June 2019 SS BOFOS from Serbia organized the 17th BOFOSIJADA in Kladovo, Serbia. The BOFOSIJADA is a sports-event where teams from different Serbian trade unions which are member of SS BOFOS compete in sports such as volleyball, table, tennis, bowling, fish soup cooking, shooting, chess, darts, tennis, 3 to 3 basketball, mini football, tug-of-war and standing jump.
The event is not only for Serbian organizations. It is also regional. Trade unions from Bulgaria, Montenegro, North-Macedonia, Romania and Turkey also participated in a number of events.
But the BOFOSIJADA is more than just a sports-event. It is a cultural event and social happening with many activities that have no relation with sports. It is furthermore a happening stimulating comradery and friendship.
One such other activity is the number of workshops being organized. This year there was a workshop titled: “Let’s Strengthen the Trade Union with Young Members: finding out what Millennials want from trade union”. During the workshop young people were given the opportunity to ask questions and to make suggestions regarding the trade unions. Furthermore, young trade union members were given the opportunity to talk about their vision of the future the trade union.
The participants were particularly satisfied with the fact that they got special attention and that they were offered the opportunity to get to know each other better and to present their ideas, comments and proposals in a very lively and open way. The left the workshop with a lot of motivation to be more actively involved in trade union work. Everything starts with attention!