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ILO in its annual report for the International Labour Conference in Geneva indicates separate area for establishment and functioning of the Economic - Social Council of the Republic of Macedonia.

ILO National Coordinator in Macedonia Emil Krstanoski informed that the report is a cross section on the situation of the social dialogue in the world. It is submitted to all 196 member states of the ILO and placed on the agenda of the International Conference.

We present you the whole cross section of the report on Macedonia.

Revitalizing tripartism in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

In August 2010, the ESC started working with a new composition and under a new regulation. ILO technical assistance was instrumental in both results.

Following advocacy and advisory services provided by the Office, the Labour Relations Law was amended in 2009 to include new criteria of representativeness of the social partners, alongside a transparent procedure of certification. Through a technical cooperation project the ILO provided technical advice, which led to the recognition of two representative trade unions and of one employers’ organization. The composition of the new ESC better reflects current industrial relations.

The ILO facilitated and contributed legal advisory services to negotiations on the new tripartite agreement regulating the organization and functioning of the ESC. The agreement, signed in 2010 by the Prime Minister and the presidents of the most representative workers’ and employers’ organizations at national level, provides for an expanded role of the ESC, in conformity with international labour standards, as well as for the obligation of the Government to request the ESC’s opinion on a wide range of issues related to labour, employment and socio-economic development and to provide feedback on the follow-up to the ESC’s opinions, recommendations and proposals.

Since August 2010, the ESC has met regularly every two months. In September 2011, it agreed on a national minimum wage, which was enacted by the Parliament, for the first time in 20 years.

ILO Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities - EU FRIEDRICH EBERT STIFTUNG Организацијa на работодавачи на Македонија etuc