National Tripartite Discussion on Revised Draft of Labour Law

On 14 February 2017, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection (MLSP) of Mongolia organised a workshop in Ulaanbaatar on the draft Labour Law with technical support from the ILO and funding from the ILO/EU project, "CAMELS – Sustaining GSP-Plus status by strengthened national capacities to improve ILS compliance and reporting".

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Mongolia is revising its Labour Law of 1999 to align with international labour standards, extend its scope and coverage and regulate employment and labour relations emerging from socio-economic transformation from a centrally planned economy to a market economy. A national tripartite working group was established under the leadership of Ministry of Labour and Social Protection involving workers' and employers' representatives as well as human rights and civil society institutions. The ILO is providing technical advise on the draft and contributing to develop national capacity on fundamental principles and rights at work.

The workshop was opened by Mr Unurbayar Gombosuren (Secretary of State for Labour and Social Protection) and Mr Tim De Meyer (Director of ILO Country Office for China and Mongolia). The MLSP introduced the draft law to approximately 75 participants from workers' and employers' organisations, the Government and non-governmental organisations. Mr Tim De Meyer gave a technical presentation, covering a range of issues from an international labour standards perspective, such as:
• bipartite collective bargaining, particularly in relation to setting wages;
• the relationship between trade unions and elected non-union workers’ representatives in collective bargaining;
• distinguishing between rights disputes and interest disputes;
• the purpose of sympathy strikes;
• provisions relating to hours of work, such as part-time work and maximum hours of work, including averaging; and
• workers’ freedom to dispose of their wages.

Mr Amgalanbaatar Khayankhyarvaa, President of the Confederation of Mongolian Trade Unions (CMTU), and Mr Ganbaatar Khuyag, Executive Director of the Mongolian Employers’ Federation (MONEF), presented the social partners' positions on the current draft Labour Law.

Presentations were followed by a general discussion among participants, who were also given the opportunity to provide written feedback at the end of the session. Soon, these comments will be discussed by the tripartite working group currently finalising the draft law, which it aims to submit to parliament in April 2017.