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The Private International Law Act regulates the choice of law applicable to the employment contract of a posted worker. Irrespective of the choice of law applicable to the employment contract, the working conditions laid down in Estonia must be guaranteed to the posted worker. Where the provisions of a foreign state law applicable to the employment contract are more favourable for the posted worker, compared to their Estonian counterparts, the more favourable provision shall apply to the employee.

Compare to the same law of your country since it arises from the European Parliament and Council regulation (EC) No 593/2008 of 17 June 2008 on the law applicable to contractual obligations (Rome I) that the law of the more favourable country is applicable: http://www.posting-workers.eu/.


Collective Agreements of General Application

The Eesti Haiglate Liit (Estonian Hospitals Association), Eesti Kiirabi Liit (Union of Estonian Medical Emergency), Eesti Perearstide Selts (Estonian Association of General Practitioners), and the Eesti Arstide Liit (Estonian Union of Doctors) have signed the collective agreement of health care professionals, incorporating approximately 25,000 employees according to the collective agreements’ database

The mentioned collective agreement applies to all establishments and companies providing health care services under the Health Board activity licence and whose activities are financed according to the treatment financing agreement concluded with the Health Insurance Fund or from the state budget, and to employees working in the aforementioned establishments and companies.

Collective agreement

In the transport sector, two collective agreements have been conclude between the Autoettevõtete Liit (Union of Estonian Automobile Enterprises) and Eesti Transpordi- ja Teetöötajate Ametiühing (Estonian Transport and Road Workers' Trade Union).

The general working agreement for the transport of passengers regulates the occupational, professional, and social relationships of the Union of Estonian Automobile Enterprises, and the Estonian Transport and Road Workers' Trade Union members engaged in the transport of passengers.

The working and resting time provisions, and the remuneration terms set in the general working agreement for the transport of passengers extend to and are mandatory for all employers and employees (including also the rented parties) engaged in bus transport as defined in the Public Transport Act, regardless of the type of the contract that they have concluded.

Collective agreement

The general working agreement for the domestic transport of goods regulates the occupational, professional, and social relationships of the Union of Estonian Automobile Enterprises, and the Estonian Transport and Road Workers' Trade Union members engaged in the domestic transport of goods.

The working and resting time provisions, and the remuneration terms set in the general working agreement for the domestic transport of goods extend to and are mandatory for all employers and employees (including also the rented employers and employees), and the sole proprietors (including the self-employed drivers), whose concluded agreement actually bears the characteristics of an employment contract and whose main contractual obligation is the transport of goods. The aforementioned conditions extend to and are mandatory for all employed skilled workers and sole proprietors involved in the repairs of the rolling stock, and whose concluded agreement for the repairs of the rolling stock actually bears the characteristics of an employment contract. The work remuneration terms set in the general working agreement do not extend to the employers and employees engaged in the domestic transport of roundwood, nor the employers and employees rented for this purpose.

Collective agreement

Across a sector, a minimum salary agreement applies, which is authorized by the Government of the Republic. In 2017, the minimum hourly salary is 2.78 euros (gross), and the minimum monthly salary for full-time work is 470 euros (gross). The minimum salary for teachers of basic schools and upper secondary schools has also been authorized, which is 1,050 euros per month in 2017.