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MEETING BETWEEN CCM AND THE PRIME MINISTER ZORAN ZAEV

15.7.2019

Caption 1. Meeting between the representatives of CCM with the Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev

Today, in the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, a delegation of the Federation of Trade Unions of Macedonia led by the President Darko Dimovski had a working meeting with the President of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev.

Despite the President of CCM, Darko Dimovski and the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, the meeting was attended by the Secretary of the Council of CCM, Zlatko Cvetkovski, as well as the presidents of the branch unions from the private sector affiliated in CCM.

The participants at the meeting welcomed the progress of the social dialogue, between the unions, employers and the government as a driving force for increasing the economic prosperity, and concluded that such meetings are needed to be held in future on a regular basis.

The President of CCM, Darko Dimovski at the meeting, presented the activities of CCM with a special focus on the adoption of the new Labor Law and the proposals of CCM in the direction of improving the position of the workers, the negotiations on the General Collective Agreement for the private sector, the start of the negotiations on the GCA for the public sector upon initiative of CCM, and pointed out the need to increase the minimum wage for which CCM has already submitted a proposal and the need for a general wage increase through direct application of the CAs.

The Prime Minister Zaev stressed that the Government of North Macedonia remains firmly committed to being a partner in the social dialogue, giving a significant contribution to the promotion of workers' rights in a cooperative and partnership relationship with the trade unions and employers.

Within the meeting, the state's support for the General Collective Agreements for the private and public sector was also highlighted. Also, on this meeting, at the request of CCM, the need for payment of annual leave allowance in the public sector and its establishment in the GCA for the public sector which is already in the process of negotiations was also discussed.

Stressing the role of the unions as a promotor of  workers' rights, the Prime Minister Zaev underlined that the government is working on measures to provide greater security and improvement of the living standards of workers, as a partner in the social dialogue, together with the unions and employers.

At the end of the meeting, the efforts of CCM to be engaged in the process, with its own suggestions on labor issues was positively evaluated.

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