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Conclusion of the Collective Agreement

Viimati uuendatud: 23.02.2017

The collective agreement is concluded as a result of collective negotiations.

The collective agreement can only be concluded and changed in writing. Also all collective agreement appendixes must be presented in writing.

The trade union (or the employees’ trustee, if none exists) has the right to hold collective negotiations in a company. Collective agreements can also be concluded between trade unions and federation or central federation of employers. A third party (e.g., Public Conciliator or expert involved in the negotiations) cannot become a party to the collective agreement.

To start the negotiations, the interested party must notify the other party of the desire to begin negotiations, and present their collective agreement draft. Substantive negotiations must start in 7 days as at the receipt of the notice.

For holding negotiations, parties appoint their representative and notify the other party of it. If negotiations are held during the workday, the representative are freed from regular work tasks, on mutual agreement, and paid medium salary for this time.

Negotiating parties have a right to involve experts in the negotiations. Costs related to involving experts are to be carried by the inviting party.

Naturally, representatives, experts, and other persons participating at the negotiations have the obligation to keep all trade, business or professional secrets that they learned of in secret. Breaking the secrecy obligation is punishable.

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