Schedule of negotiations
Ten weeks before a valid collective agreement comes up for review, the parties shall jointly draw up a schedule of negotiations and send it to the State Conciliation and Mediation Officer (SCMO) immediately. If they fail to do so, he shall issue a negotiation schedule for the contracting parties not later than eight weeks before the valid collective agreement comes up for review. The fact of the matter is, that these schedules are not respected and have no real value in themselves.
The rules on the negotiation schedule and the role of the SCMO as stipulated in the TUI Act apply to the public sector as well, hence the same rules apply to the public and the private sector regarding negotiation schedules and the role of the SCMO.