Collective labour disputes

Collective labour dispute is a dispute in relation to conclusion, amendments or implementation of collective agreements, realization of rights of organization into trade unions and strike.

Conciliator is a person providing assistance to the parties in the collective dispute in order to reach agreement and resolve the dispute.

Parties in collective bargaining may ask for participation of a conciliator in the process, in order to indicate proposals that are inconsistent with the legal and other regulations, provide professional and other assistance to the participants, and assist the participants in reaching agreement, without the right to impose resolution.

IMPORTANT! In case of strike and dispute in activities of common interest or activities where discontinuation of work may jeopardize life and health of people or inflict major damage (electricity supply, water supply, traffic, radio and television founded by the Republic of Macedonia or the local self-government units , postal services, utility services, manufacturing of basic nutritional products, health and veterinary medical care, education, care for children, social protection, the Police and the Army), the parties in dispute shall accede to amicable resolution of collective dispute within ten days upon the date of the motion submitted.

Conciliation procedure shall be led before a Panel composed of one representative of each of the parties to the dispute and the conciliator.

After the conciliation procedure has been concluded, the conciliator shall close the hearing and, after deliberations with the Panel members give recommendation on how to resolve the dispute, which is not binding. If the recommendation is accepted, the parties will conclude an Agreement on resolution of the dispute that has the power of court settlement.

The conciliation procedure shall be closed before the Panel if the parties to the dispute conclude an agreement on resolution of the dispute within 30 days after the first hearing.