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Under Article 5 of the Strike Act, a strike must be preceded by a period of advance notice. In legal terms, this notice operates as a suspensive time limit affixed to the strike declaration: the non-performance of work does not become lawful until the period of notice has elapsed. Notice of the intention to strike is issued by those possessing the competence to authorize a strike , at least five days in advance (ten days in the case of essential services: see strike (essential services) ). It must be given in writing, or through the mass media, to the individual employer or employers' association concerned and the Ministry of Employment and Social Security. Failure to issue such notice properly renders the strike unlawful and the strikers subject to the legal rules on the matter (see unlawful strike ), as has repeatedly been affirmed by the courts.

Please note: the European industrial relations glossaries were compiled between 1991 and 2003 and are not updated. For current material see the European industrial relations dictionary.

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