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LAW OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA

of December 31, 2000 No. ZR-135

About labor unions

(The last edition from 27-01-2018)

Accepted by National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia on December 5, 2000

Chapter 1. General provisions

Article 1. Subject of regulation of the Law

This Law establishes procedure for creation of labor unions, the principles of their activities and the relation with state bodies, local government bodies, legal entities and physical persons, and also governs the relations connected with protection of the rights and interests of labor unions and their participants (members).

Operation of this Law extends to the labor unions operating in the Republic of Armenia.

Article 2. The basic concepts applied in the Law

In this Law the following basic concepts are applied:

labor union - the professional organization or the union of the professional organizations;

the professional organization - public association which in the procedure established by the law and in case of free declaration of will unites the workers who are in employment relationships with this employer for the purpose of representation of their labor and related professional, economic, social rights and interests and their protection in employment relationships;

the union of the professional organizations - public association with the status of non-profit organization which in the procedure established by the law unites two and more professional organizations for the purpose of representation of the labor and related professional, economic, social rights and interests of workers and their protection in employment relationships;

territorial merging of the professional organizations - public association with the status of non-profit organization which unites more than a half of the labor unions operating in certain territory (in the area or the city or in the territory which is allocated with any specifics) which members is the maximum number of persons employed of this territory, for the purpose of representation in the relations with the union of employers of this territory, local government bodies and territorial authorities of public administration of the labor and related professional, economic, social rights and interests of workers and their protection in employment relationships;

the industry republican union of the professional organizations - public association with the status of non-profit organization which unites more than a half of the labor unions operating in the corresponding industry (allied industries) of economy (production, services, profession) which members is the maximum number of persons employed of this industry, for the purpose of representation in the relations with the relevant industry union of employers, local government bodies and republican state bodies of the labor and related professional, economic, social rights and interests of workers of this industry and their protection in employment relationships;

the republican union of the professional organizations - public association the member organizations unite the maximum number of persons employed for the purpose of representation in the relations with the Government of the Republic of Armenia and the republican union of employers of the labor and related professional, economic, social rights and interests of workers with the status of non-profit organization which unites more than a half of republican industrial trade unions which members is the maximum number of members of the labor unions operating in the republic and and their protection in employment relationships;

the employer - the legal entity having labor legal capacity and capacity to act, using on the basis of the employment contract and (or) in the procedure established by the law work of citizens irrespective of legal form and pattern of ownership, nature and type of activity, and also other subject (state body or local self-government, organization, the allocated division and others) having the right to execution of an employment agreement in the cases established by the legislation. Each citizen can also be the employer;

the worker - the physical person having right to work under the law who based on the employment contract performs work at the employer;

the member of labor union (member) - person who on the principle of voluntariness became the member (member) of labor union according to the charter of the last.

Article 3. Basic principles of activities of labor union

The basic principles of activities of labor union are:

a) independence of state bodies, local government bodies, employers, political, public and other organizations;

b) voluntariness of participation (membership) in labor unions;

c) equality of labor unions;

d) non-admission of restriction of the rights of the worker in connection with circumstance of its participation (membership) in labor union.

Chapter 2. Creation of labor union

Article 4. Procedure for creation of the professional organization

The professional organization is created according to the solution of the constituent assembly (congress conference) convened at the initiative of her founders (at least three workers).

The constituent assembly approves articles of organization, chooses leading and controlling bodies.

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