ETLJB 16 November 2012 - On 20 December 2011, the National Parliament enacted a new labour code for East TImor. Industrial relations in East Timor had previously been governed by the former UNAET Regulation No 5 of 2002 which established the first labour code. The following is an extract from the Preamble:
"The Labour Code of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste was approved through UNTAET Regulation No. 2002/05 of 1 May. Since then, labour relationsin the country have been governed by such Code.
The country’s social and economic progress over the last decade requires the approval of a legislative instrument that responds to the current needs of the labour and entrepreneurial market in the country, thereby enabling investment in, and development of, entrepreneurial activities as well as the protection and professional development of workers in a harmonious manner.
In this connection, the drafting of a new legal framework regulating the labour relations represents a critical contribution towards the development process of the Timorese society and economy."
The full text of the unofficial English translation of the new labour code may be read here.
See also The Strike Law No 5 of 2012