The General Collective Agreement has been signed today. This document aims to regulate relations between employees and employers. The agreement has been signed by prime minister Thaci and partners of the Social Economic Committee. This contract regulates work relations, rights, obligations and responsibilities of employers and employees, working hours, night shifts, annual leave, safety at work, etc.
Pristina, March 19, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Collective Contract has been finally signed. This is a document which regulates relations between employer and employee. Following the signature of this agreement, Prime Minister Hashim Thaci said that this is a very important step toward the modernization of the labor market.
‘We have gathered here today to make a very important step in consolidating and modernizing the labor market in Kosovo. We’re here together to sign the Collective Contract of Kosovo, which will regulate relations between employer and employee. This agreement is necessary for Kosovo and is more advanced than the labor act”, said Thaci.
The head of the government said that the collective contract clearly defines labor specifics.
“This contract regulates work relations, rights, obligations and responsibilities of employers and employees, working hours, night shifts, annual leave, safety at work and health insurance”, declared Thaci. Prime minister Thaci said that this agreement will increase the stability of workers.
He said that the government will guarantee this agreement from which the entire Kosovo will benefit. “This agreement will increase the stability of workers in the work place and by having better conditions at work, employees will be more motivated and committed to work. The government will guarantee the application of this agreement. All of Kosovo will benefit from this agreement, as it will significantly improve the climate of our market of human resources and will minimize disputes and discontent that relates to them”, said prime minister Thaci.
Meanwhile, the head of Trade Unions, Haxhi Arifi said that the Collective Contract will give way to the signature of agreements on sector based levels. “For us, this is our happiest day, because this document has a very special importance to us. Work has started for the drafting of this contract since 2008 and given that today we have this document, I believe that it will also reach other sectors to sign this contract”, said Arifaj.
The head of OEK, Safet Gerxhaliu said that a new chapter is being written in the social history of Kosovo through this agreement. “I believe that a new chapter is being written in the social history of Kosovo. This document is a proof of the fact that Kosovo has successfully passed the test of dialogue between the public and private sector and above all, the social approach toward workers in Kosovo”, said Gerxhaliu.
The head of the Kosovar Business Alliance, Agim Shahini said that this agreement will enable 174 million Euros to end up every year in the workers’ pockets. “This contract will have a cost and this cost will be affordable for the private sector. This contract will enable 174 million Euros which will come out of the private and public sector budget to end up in the workers’ pockets”, said Shahini.
Meanwhile, Alush Sejdiu from the Social and Economic Committee said that the Collective Contract establishes relations between employers and employees. “It’s important that this document details relations between employers and employees and enables workers to choose the easier possible form to resolve disputes”, said Alush Sejdiu after the signature of the Collective Contract. /ibna/