02 Noviembre 2003
In April 1992, the Estonian parliament (Riigikogu) ratified the Employment Contracts Act . It came into effect in July 1992 and, with several amendments, is still in force today. A draft of a new version of the Act has been under discussion for some time, aimed at making employment relationships more flexible and leaving more room for agreements between employees and employers. According to the secretary of the Confederation of Estonian Trade Unions (Eesti Ametiühingute Keskliit, EAKL ) (EE0308101F ), Harri Taliga, the failure so far to adopt the new Employment Contracts Act is one of the main shortcomings in Estonia's application of the 'acquis communautaire' (ie the body of EU law that countries must adopt before joining the Union) in the employment and social area. The adoption of a reformed Employment Contracts Act is also stipulated by the Law of Obligations Act, which came into force in 1 July 2002.  http://www.legaltext.ee/en/andmebaas/tekst.asp?loc=text&dok=X1056K7&keel=en&pg=1&ptyyp=RT&tyyp=X&query=employment contracts  http://www.eakl.ee/  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/the-development-and-current-situation-of-trade-unions
30 Octubre 2003
On 17 September 2003, the Estonian Transport and Road Workers' Trade Union (Eesti Transpordi- ja Teetöötajate Ametiühing, ETTA ), the Estonian Railway Workers' Trade Unions (Eesti Raudteelaste Ametiühing, ERAÜ ) and Estonian Seafarers' Independent Union (Eesti Meremeeste Sõltumatu Ametiühing, EMSA ) signed a joint strike pact. The aim of the pact is to provide efficient representation of the interests of the unions' members in the event of labour disputes, increase workers’ solidarity in the transportation sector, and enhance the unions' power to act.  http://www.etta.ee/  http://www.evray.ee/php/  http://www.emsa.ee/
21 Octubre 2003
In this feature, we trace the development of trade unions in Estonia since the end of the Soviet era and examine their current organisation, structure, activity, membership and density, as well as the legislative framework.
14 Agosto 2003
On 13 June 2003, after a lengthy negotiating process in which the public conciliator became involved, the Estonian Hospitals Association (Eesti Haiglate Liit, EHL ) employers’ organisation and three trade unions - the Estonian Medical Association (Eesti Arstide Liit, EAL ), the Trade Union Association of Health Officers of Estonia (Eesti Keskastme Tervishoiutöötajate Kutseliit, EKTK ) and the Federation of Estonian Health Care Professionals Unions (Tervishoiutöötajate Ametiühingute Liit, ETTAL ) - signed a pay agreement for healthcare workers. The main objective of the agreement is to set minimum wage rates for the various categories of employee and to harmonise differences in minimum wages between regions and different types of hospitals. According to the new agreement, the hourly minimum wages were to increase to EEK 50 for doctors (a 25% increase), EEK 25 for nurses and EEK 16 for care assistants (an 18.5% increase) from 1 July 2003, assuming that the reference prices for medical services increased simultaneously. This increase in reference prices would enable the Estonian Health Insurance Fund  (Eesti Haigekassa) to find the additional money required for the agreed wage increases.  http://www.haiglateliit.ee/  http://www.arstideliit.ee/  http://www.kutseliit.ee/  http://www.hot.ee/ettal  http://www.haigekassa.ee/