At a press point earlier this week, Didier Gamerdinger, Government Counselor – Minister of Social Affairs and Health, wished to discuss the current issues in the field of news of work.

“It is normal for the unions to have demands, but I want to make it clear that relations with the Government are regular and courteous, and I am in constant dialogue with both employee representatives and employers. While there may be differences of opinion, the approach is open to me with the ongoing concern to work for the prosperity of the country.

I am careful not to question what is working and that the subtle balances of the working relationship in Monaco, which promote the economic dynamism of the country, are not upset,” he wished to recall in the preamble.

With 3,000 temporary and 13 temporary work agencies, temporary work gives the Principality’s various business sectors the necessary flexibility and adaptability to work. Currently governed by common labour law, the adoption of a specific legal framework for temporary workers would be a useful complement to our provisions. Drafting work is underway within the Department. It will be shared later with the social partners.

About trade unions, the legal framework dating back to 1944 needs to be modernised. To correspond to the reality of today, a reflection with the social partners will be initiated, in particular with a view to simplifying their creation process and giving flexibility to the duration of the mandate of the union offices. On the occasion of this reflection, the criteria of union representativeness will be discussed.

The integration of digital into the employment relationship has become indispensable. With 55,000 employees and 40,000 work permits processed each year, the dematerialisation of documents, the simplification of procedures or the development of teleservice applications are essential and involve changing the law. The Department has initiated, in conjunction with the Delegation for the Digital Transition, the IT reforms that will make life easier for businesses and employees.