MOSCOW, November 24 (Itar-Tass) — President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill introducing amendments to the Labor Code of the Russian Federation concerning a refinement of the procedure for the consideration and settlement of collective labor disputes. The bill was passed by the State Duma lower house of parliament on November 2 and approved by the Federation Council upper house on November 9, the Kremlin press service reported.
Provision is made for the introduction of Labor Code amendments aimed at changing the procedure and a timeframe for the consideration and settlement of collective labor disputes, including matters related to the organization of strikes.
The Law establishes a timeframe, more favorable to workers and their representatives, for the consideration of collective labor disputes, specifies the procedure for the actions of the sides involved in such a dispute at various stages of examining it, and standardizes requirements for a quorum when holding a meeting for the purpose of putting forward relevant demands and organizing strikes.
The Law envisages the granting of a right to tripartite commissions for the regulation of social-and-labor relations to set up permanently functioning arbitration panels under their authority, which will make it possible to expedite the process of consideration of collective labor disputes.
An amendment has been also introduced to Article 412 of the Labor Code to rule out the possibility of recognizing a strike unlawful when strike organizers fail to ensure the minimum amount of essential work (services). Instead, the court is given the right to suspend such a strike pending workers' and their representatives' compliance with relevant requirements.