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National Labour Council (CNT)

Date of entry: July 2, 1999

Member of AICESIS

Member of ILO

These last years, the Council has reinforced its authority as equal reference institution with regard to the implementation of inter professional agreements, which in principle are concluded every 2 years and which define the social diary for the interoccupational social dialogue. For more details, please see the CNT website as well as the CESlink gate.

Functioning of the ESC

The committees, whose tasks are decided by the executive board, carry out preliminary studies, according to the nature of problems to be examined.
There are more than 90 committees,  some are quasi-permanent and meet regularly, e.g.: Committee of Individual Labour Relations, Committee of Social Security, Committee of Collective Labour Relations,
When issues of common interests with the Central Economic Council are examined, joint committees are set up.



Institutional characteristics

Date of creation
May 29 1952
Year operational
Nature of the texts that create the ESC (Constitution, law, decree, etc.)


Other attributions besides its advisory function:
1. To conclude collective bargaining agreements: more than 90% are legally binding
2. Arbitration between branches of industry
3. Consultation within the framework of the International Labour Organization
4. Consultation for fields treated in the EU level: employment, labour right and social security

Bipartite plus (W, E and others)

The Council is composed of 26 members (and 26 substitutes):
Employers: 13
Workers: 13

They are appointed by the King on presentation of the most representatives interoccupational employers' and workers' organizations.

Duration of the term : 4 years renewable
Management organes


Executive board
The President is appointed by the King, after an informal consultation of the members, among the independent persons qualified in social fields. The duration of his mandate is unlimited. There are 4 Vice-Presidents appointed by the Council for 4 years.

General Assembly and Plenary

Plenary Council


The Secretary-general and the Deputy Secretary-general are also appointed by the King. A Secretariat with about 36 employees provides logistic and administrative support.
Gender balance

Equal or More than 10%

Approximately 19% women
Reporting Institution

Ministry of labour

Minister of Employment

Ministry of Social affairs

Souce of funding
The budget is drawn up by the Council. The Council receives yearly a endowment written in the budget of SPF Employment, Labour and Social Consultation.


Who convenes the ESC

The Government or the Legislative Chambers consult the Council but it has also a legal right to issue own-initiative opinion.


There is no official publication, excepted for some studies.

Main technical areas of competencies

Social Security and social protection

Simplification of the reduction of social security modes of contribution

Fundamental principles and rights at work

Introduction of a right for breastfeeding breaks

The guarantee of an average minimum monthly income

Employment policy and labour market regulation

Simplification and modernization of the social administration for employers

Collective redundancy and firms closings

Volunteers’ rights

Reduction of employers' and workers' social contributions

Welfare adjustment of social benefits

Introduction of a system of time credit, a system to reduce careers and part time work

Protection of workers private life regarding the control of the data of electronic communications in network

The right to professional reclassification of workers of 45 years old and more laid off

Robberies prevention and control of workers leaving the work place


Temporary work

Health and Medical Policy

The implementation of a preventive alcohol and drugs policy in the enterprises

Moral or sexual harassing at work, stress prevention

Social Dialogue and tripartism

Social elections

Social Affairs

Social criminal law