Conducted for six months from February to July 2022, these socialization activities were an immediate follow-up to the joint Declaration for the Protection of Dignity at Work and Inclusive Working Environment signed last December 2021. The Declaration recognizes that employees who have suffered from any form of discrimination and/or other labour rights violation are entitled to raise the matter through the agreed grievance procedures at the company level and are not victimized.
Conflict is inevitable in employment relationships, but costs and consequences can be avoided or minimized if both sides seek solutions through labour-management consultation and cooperation."Almerio Vila-Nova, President of KSTL
The Guidelines provide for step-by-step grievance procedure based on international good practices, with the recommendation that these should be adapted to ensure that these reflect the needs of workers and the enterprise(s) in Timor Leste.
Both KSTL and CCI-TL should work together. We need to find solutions for workplace conflicts."GOscar Lima, President of CCI-TL
Issues discussed during the socialization activities included minimum wages, employment contracts, compliance with Timor-Leste labour law and improving workplace consultation and cooperation. Both employers and workers representatives also agreed to have more activities on building the understanding on labour law (Law No. 4/2012) to promote better compliance.
Representatives of workers and employers appreciated the socialization activities on grievance handling policy and mechanism. “Both KSTL and CCI-TL should work together. We need to find solutions for workplace conflicts,” stated Oscar Lima, President of CCI-TL. Similarly, Almerio Vila-Nova, President of KSTL emphasized the need for industrial relations’ transformation. “Conflict is inevitable in employment relationships, but costs and consequences can be avoided or minimized if both sides seek solutions through labour-management consultation and cooperation.”
The targeted eight municipalities were the Special Autonomous Region of Oecusse (RAEOA), Bobonaro, Ermera, Dili, Baucau, Manatuto, Ainaro and Aileu.