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Special council set up under basic agreements of 1993 and 2000 covering state (i.e. central-government) employment, charged with the task of examining disputes to decide whether or not an industrial dispute constitutes a dispute threatening the public interest. It is composed of three representatives of the trade-union organizations, three representatives of the State in its capacity of employer, plus two members appointed jointly by the two sides. One of these latter impartial members acts as chairperson and has a deciding vote if the voting is even. A peace obligation prevails while the council is conducting its examination, but only for a maximum period of three weeks. Should the council find that a dispute is contrary to the public interest, it recommends to the parties that the proposed industrial action should be cancelled or restricted. Although the council's decision is not legally binding, there is a presumption that the parties concerned will voluntarily comply with its recommendation.

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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