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  • New employer organisation in commerce sector

    On 17 November 2006, a new employer organisation, the Slovenian Chamber of Commerce (Trgovinska zbornica Slovenije, TZS [1]), was founded and charged with the task of organising companies in the commerce sector. On 25 October 2007, its membership reached over 2,800 members from wholesale and retail companies and small shopkeepers, including all major companies. These member organisations generate over 20% of Slovenia’s total turnover and more than 60% of the sector’s overall turnover. [1]
  • Non-affiliated trade union in Kaunas strikes over low pay

    At present, three national trade union organisations are operating in Lithuania in addition to a number of non-affiliated trade unions. In recent times, the latter organisations have been becoming increasingly active, with their activities receiving increased attention.
  • Multidisplay maintains staff levels despite restructuring

    Multidisplay s.r.o [1]. is a former subsidiary of the Dutch company LG. Philips Displays Holding B.V. The company is located in Hranice in central Moravia in the southeastern part of the Czech Republic and began the production of electronic valves and tubes for radios and traditional vacuum television screens on 25 August 2001. At the time, the then social-democratic government headed by Prime Minister Miloš Zeman considered the establishment of a manufacturing plant in Hranice in central Moravia as a great success. The Czech government therefore granted investment incentives in the form of tax relief amounting to CZK 1.5 billion (about €57 million, as at 5 December 2007) to this company. In exchange, the Multidisplay was to create about 3,000 new jobs in a region that usually suffers from high unemployment levels. [1]
  • Social partners sign declaration of mutual recognition

    In October 2007, five national-level social partner organisations signed a declaration of mutual recognition at the sitting of the Tripartite Council of the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublikos Trišalė taryba, LRTT [1]). In all, the signatories included the three main trade union organisations – the Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation (Lietuvos profesinių sąjungų konfederacija, LPSK [2]), the Lithuanian Labour Federation (Lietuvos darbo federacija, LDF [3]) and the Lithuanian Trade Union ‘Solidarumas’ (Lietuvos profesinė sąjunga ‘Solidarumas’, LPS ‘Solidarumas’ [4]) – and the two employer organisations – the Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists (Lietuvos pramonininkų konfederacija, LPK [5]) and the Lithuanian Business Employers’ Confederation (Lietuvos verslo darbdavių konfederacija, LVDK [6]). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
  • Telework in Austria

    No statutory or collectively agreed uniform definition exists of telework [1] in Austria. This is related to the fact that the issue of telework is not regulated in a systematic and consistent way by Austrian legislation but in a rather occasional and marginal manner by different laws. [1]
  • Renewal of collective agreement for insurance sector

    On 17 September 2007, a draft agreement [1] was finally signed on renewal of the pay and standard parts of the insurance workers’ collective agreement [2] for the period 2006–2009. Covering about 40,000 workers and 240 insurance companies, the agreement was signed after 18 months of talks and three breakdowns in negotiations [3]. Its provisions are particularly innovative with regard to regulation of the labour market and the management of call centres. [1] [2] [3]
  • Telework in Sweden

    It has been difficult to quantify the number of teleworkers in Sweden in the past: in 1998, a government survey estimated the number of teleworkers at between 30,000 and 500,000 employees (Distansarbetsutredningen, Statens offentliga utredningar (SOU), 1998: 115 [1]), which represented a rough indication of teleworking in Sweden. More recent information in 2005 indicated that the number of teleworkers reached between 200,000 and 300,000 employees. [1]
  • Telework in Slovakia

    Telework [1] is defined in the amended Labour Code (Act No. 348/2007) of Slovakia, which entered into effect on 1 September 2007. Act No. 311/2001 on the Labour Code, which was /valid from 2002, included/ the term ‘work /at home’ in/ Article 52 (*SK0207102F* [2])/. Recently,/ this article /was/ renamed /and/ extended to include ‘work at home and telework’. [1] [2]
  • Draft bill aims to improve employment rights of domestic workers

    On 31 August 2007, some 268,569 domestic workers contributed to the Special Social Security System for Domestic Employees which, according to the government’s proposal, will be discontinued. Work in Spain’s domestic services sector is mainly done by women, who represent 94% of employees in the sector. In recent years, the sector has increasingly become the main form of integration into the labour market for immigrants, with 60% of migrant workers, mainly women, working in the sector. The government plans to incorporate this group of workers into the General Social Security System by 2017. The draft bill, which is currently under consultation by the social partners, may become applicable on 1 January 2008.
  • Clamp-down on seasonal workers and undeclared work

    In the summer of 2007, the Central Agency for Social Security Organisations (Agence centrale des organismes de Sécurité sociale, ACOSS [1]) published the results of a survey on combating illegal work in 2006 (in French) [2]. The survey was carried out among 2,400 companies which engage seasonal workers, and its findings revealed that: [1] [2]