The Department of Labour Relations is responsible for implementing the Government's policy in the area of industrial relations. In particular, the Department is responsible for safeguarding and maintaining industrial peace and healthy conditions in the area of industrial relations, with a view to achieving social cohesion, productivity in work, the establishment of democratic practices and the achievement of socio-economic progress.
The Department is responsible, among others, for the following:
- the prevention and settlement of industrial disputes, including the provision of assistance to enterprises for the development and effective functioning of mechanisms for collective bargaining, mutual agreements, and the settlement of personal complaints,
- the safeguarding of trade unionism freedoms, including the right to organize,
- the promotion of collective bargaining as the basic method for determining terms and conditions of employment, the encouragement for the creation and maintenance of strong employers' and workers' organisations and the achievement of balanced power in the economy,
- the protection of vulnerable groups of workers (with emphasis on non-unionized employees), mainly due to their weak bargaining power, through the determination by Law of minimum terms and conditions of employment,
- the promotion and enforcement of Labour Law, that has created a new legal framework for the protection of employees' rights and determines minimum labour standards,
- the enforcement, monitoring and inspection of the application of the harmonized labour legislation,
- the effective application of the Agreement on the procedure for the settlement of labour disputes in Essential Services, which is an extension of the Industrial Relations Code,
- the provision of special services to the Hotel and Catering Industry, which includes the enforcement of the relevant Law pertaining to the terms of service,
- the promotion of the principle of equal treatment between employees, with special emphasis on the principle of equal pay between men and women, and
- the enforcement of the Trade Union Laws, including the registration and supervision of employees and employers organizations.