Macedonias trade unions, employers sign general collective agreement.

By bne IntelliNews June 26, 2012
The federation of trade unions and the employers' organisation signed an agreement for extending the validity of the general collective agreement for the private economy sector, Kanal 5 TV broadcaster reported. The employers organisation chairman Angel Dimitrov comments that they aligned the general collective agreement with the minimum wage law and the amendments to the labour relations law. He adds that they avoided certain ambiguities in this way. The validity of the agreement was extended for two more years. Minister of labour and social policy Spiro Ristovski comments that the signing confirms that the social dialogue exists in Macedonia. Statistics office data showed that the countrys labour force comprised 941,019 persons in Q1 2012. The number of the unemployed was 297,351, and the unemployment rate was 31.6%.

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