Mediates in labour disputes

The State Conciliation and Mediation Officer acts as an intermediary between the disputing parties, assists in their deliberations and helps in finding common ground between them.

Monitors prospects on the labour market

The office of the State Conciliation and Mediation Officer monitors wage developments and prospects throughout the country as well as issues that could be a source of dispute between employers and unions.

Keeps a record of wage agreements

The office of the State Conciliation and Mediation Officer keeps a record of all wage agreements in effect in the country.

The State Conciliation and Mediation Officer is a public officer appointed for a term of five years by the Minister of Social Affairs and Equality to help mediate industrial disputes between trade unions and employers. His position is grounded in the Act on Trade Unions and Industrial Disputes of 1938. The State Conciliation and Mediation Officer provides an office where the disputing parties meet and negotiate their agreements. The State Conciliation and Mediation Officer shall work for conciliation in industrial disputes between employees and their unions, on the one hand, and employers and their associations on the other.

The State Conciliation and Mediation Officer shall monitor the situation and outlook in the economy and the employment market throughout the country. He shall keep abreast of the wages and terms situation and matters which might cause disputes in relations between employers’ associations and trade unions.

The State Conciliation and Mediation Officer keeps a register of valid collective agreements, and employees’ and employers’ organizations, and non-affiliated employers, shall be obliged to send him copies of all collective agreements they conclude as soon as they are signed. Amendments to previously made collective agreements shall be sent to him in the same way. The same parties shall also send the conciliation and mediation officer copies of all pay-scales and terms of service issued on the basis of valid collective agreements.