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Breach of workers’ rights of female textile workers in Kočani identified 03 February 2017

The State Labour Inspectorate has identified breach of workers’ rights of female textile workers at DPTU DELIKATES GRUP DOOEL Kočani. Following information obtained about an instance of breach of workers’ rights regarding extra payments in addition to their wages for working hours effectuated during Sunday break and extra payments in addition to their wages for working hours effectuated during holidays and non-working days, the Helsinki Committee submitted a written request to the State Labour Inspectorate to conduct a non-scheduled inspection oversight in several textile factories. Namely, this year, 24th October was declared to be a non-working day for all citizens of the Republic of Macedonia, due to the marking of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle Day, usually marked on 23rd October. Since this year 23rd of October was a Sunday, the following day, 24th October was declared to be a non-working day for all citizens, pursuant to the law. According to the Law on Labour Relations, employers who intend to work during a holiday are obliged to inform the regional labour inspector in advance about their intention. In addition, employers who will work during holidays are obliged to provide their workers the stated extra payin addition to their wages.

Breach of workers’ rights by DPTU DELIKATES GRUP DOOEL Kočaniwas identified during the supervision conducted by the State Labour Inspectorate – Regional Unit Kočani. Namely, the stated employer informed in advance the State Inspectorate about its decision to work on the declared non-working day as a state holiday. 63 female workers registered their attendance at their working place on that day. The employer calculated and provided them with extra payto their wages for working hours effectuated during Sunday break, failing to calculate and provide them with extra pay to their wages for work during holidays and non-working days, contrary to the Law on Labour Relations and the General Collective Labour Agreement for the private sector of real economy.

The Helsinki Committee has called for the employer, DPTU DELIKATES GRUP DOOEL Kočani, to make extra payments in addition to wages to the female workers for work on holidays and non-working days, according to Article 24, paragraph 2 of the General Collective Labour Agreement for the private sector of real economy, otherwise we demand for the Labour Inspectorate to submit a request for initiating an infringement procedure. 

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