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Proposal for conciliation

Updated: 07.05.2019

The proposal for conciliation is made by the National Conciliator to the parties to solve the industrial action.
Before the case ends on the table of the Conciliator, the parties of the industrial action will have negotiated on their own, for example, on the contents of the collective agreement. If they do not come to an understanding during their negotiations, the parties or just one of them may decide to end the negotiations and launch industrial action.

The National Conciliator’s Office must be notified about the industrial action. In line with the Act on Mediation in Labour Disputes, the Conciliator must, in turn, try to solve the labour dispute to avoid any industrial action.

At the Conciliator’s Office, the parties present their own view on the issue at hand. Based on these opinions, the Conciliator seeks a solution that the parties are able to accept. This solution is called the proposal for conciliation.

The Conciliator gives the proposal to the parties and defines the deadline for the parties’ reply to the proposal. The reply can be either or: either is the proposal accepted or dismissed.

The Conciliator’s task is to promote industrial peace. Normally, the Conciliator’s proposal also contains an assessment of its impacts from the entire labour market perspective. Therefore, issues such as the wage level of the proposal are impacted by the agreement already made in the labour market. Normally, the conciliation proposal does not deviate significantly from the previous agreements.

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