The list of certified collective agreements for the year is available here. Certified collective agreements shall be published in the Official Journal. They are also available at lawnet and the National Library. A collective agreement is an agreement between an employer and the union on the working and employment conditions of workers. The collective agreement is valid for at least 2 years and a maximum of 3 years. Once a collective agreement is signed, it must be submitted to the Labour Arbitration Tribunal for confirmation within one week from the date of signature. For a previous list of certified collective agreements, please refer to the Management`s Reports. This collective bargaining process can be initiated either by the employer or by the union. The party wishing to enter into negotiations for a collective agreement is required to notify a termination and the receiving party is required to accept the invitation to negotiate. Negotiations between the employer and the union should begin as soon as possible. Before it can represent its members in collective bargaining, a union must first be recognized by the employer. The procedure for the recognition of the trade union is provided for in the rules on labour relations (recognition of a workers` union).
In the event of a dispute over the right of senior managers to collective representation, the employer or union may request conciliation assistance from the Ministry of Labour. MOM will hold a conciliation meeting within 14 days of receiving notice from one of the parties and will invite management and the union to the meeting to assist both parties in resolving the dispute amicably. For more details on the conditions for submitting a collective agreement, the types of disputes and the different channels for filing an application with the IAC, visit the IAC website. In the event that a commercial dispute cannot be settled after conciliation at MOM and the negotiations have been blocked, the commercial dispute may then be referred to the Court of Industrial Arbitration (IAC) for conciliation. Escalating a commercial dispute at the IAC for arbitration should only be a last resort if all attempts to reach an agreement through conciliation have failed. The Labour Relations Act is a law regulating relations between employers and employees and aimed at preventing and settling commercial disputes through collective bargaining, conciliation, arbitration and tripartite mediation of individual disputes. . . .