ETLJB 16 November 2012 - Shortly after the enactment of the new labour code for East Timor on 20 December 2011, the national parliament enacted the strike law on 16 January 2012. It was promulgated by the President of the Republic on 17 February 2012 and came into force on that date . The following is an extract from the preamble:
"The recent approval of the Labour Law marked the beginning of the process of conformation of the new legal framework regulating labour relations in Timor-Leste. In furtherance of this process, and in compliance with article 51 of the Constitution, the present law approves the legal regime for the exercise of the right to strike. In accordance with the constitutional text, the law shall define and prohibit lock out and shall provide for sanctions applicable to it, in addition to establishing other guarantees aimed at protecting workers from any conduct limiting the exercise of their right to strike.
The legal framework defined by the present law takes into account the different interests at stake and attempts to find a balanced and proportional solution by establishing vital moderating rules for the growth of the economy and the dynamisation of labour relations in the country.
The full text of the unofficial English translation of the strike law may be read here.
See also Law No 4 of 2012 Labour Code