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  • Uncertain future for La Samaritaine department store

    For safety reasons, the Parisian department store La Samaritaine closed down on 30 April 2005; the site is due to reopen in 2011 (*FR0508101N* [1]). The closure was decided by the Louis Vuitton – Moët Hennessy (LVMH [2]) group, which has owned the store since 2001. The LVMH group decision took both employees and trade unions by surprise – especially the French Christian Workers’ Confederation (Confédération française des travailleurs chrétiens, CFTC [3]), which was the majority trade union at the department store. [1] [2] [3]
  • Unions push for further pay rise in the wake of agreement in catering and tourism

    On 3 September 2007, the social partners in the catering and tourism sector concluded an annex to the pay-related part of the collective agreement for this sector. The negotiations began in February 2007. At the outset, strong disagreements emerged among the negotiating parties over the pay rise. The trade unions demanded a basic pay rise of 2.5% from 1 July 2007, but the employers rejected this request.
  • Restructuring case fuels debate on relocation

    On 22 June 2007, euroscript – a division of the content management company euroscript International [1] – learnt that it had lost a significant part of the service contract with its main client, the Office for Official Publications of the European Communities (Publications Office [2]). The Publications Office had decided to award the contract for the next five years to a French company instead. The latter had made a more competitive offer by submitting a quotation 40% below that of euroscript for the same services. [1] [2]
  • Strong support for small-scale strike at Citroën Peugeot

    From 28 February to 10 April 2007, a strike took place at the PSA Peugeot Citroën [1] car manufacturing plant in Aulnay-sous-Bois in the northeastern suburbs of Paris. [1]
  • Collective agreement signed at Auchan retail group

    The French-owned Auchan Group [1] has been operating in Italy since 1989. The Italian division was consolidated in 1996 through the purchase of 49% of the shares of the Rinascente Group. Rinascente, owned by the Agnelli family who founded the Fiat Group, is a well-established retail chain comprising many supermarkets and department stores throughout Italy. However, in 2004, the alliance between Auchan and Rinascente broke down due to financial difficulties within the Fiat Group (see, for example, *IT0405205F* [2], *IT0411305F* [3]). [1] [2] [3]
  • Economically dependent workers in Bulgaria

    In a context of changing labour markets and high unemployment, the boundaries between dependent employment and self-employment have become increasingly blurred in recent years. This process has led to a growing interest in ‘economically dependent workers’ – workers who do not have a standard employment contract but depend on a single employer for their income. Against this background, a significant proportion of Bulgaria’s active population may come under the category of economically dependent workers, due to the prevalence of non-standard employment contracts in the country.
  • Labour market integration of women and low-skilled workers

    Demographic challenges such as increasing retirement and declining fertility rates affect labour force growth in many developed countries. Better labour market inclusion of women and low-skilled workers may help to maintain the size and productivity of the workforce.
  • Employers recognise benefits of informal adult education for workers

    The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublikos Švietimo ir mokslo ministerija, SMM [1]) commissioned a study on the state of informal adult education in Lithuania in 2005. The research aimed to analyse the prevalence of informal adult education and the attitude of employers towards such training. In the context of the study, informal adult education was defined as learning designed to improve professional qualifications and participation in various informal self-education courses such as arts, foreign languages or computer literacy. [1]
  • Survey finds that quality of work has improved slightly

    In early 2003, the Flemish Social and Economic Council (Sociaal-Economische Raad Vlaanderen, SERV [1]) committed itself to developing a Flemish Workability Monitor [2] on the quality of work. The workability monitor is a measurement system, which is designed to follow up on the policy agreements made in the Vilvoorde Pact (in Dutch, 1.04Mb PDF) [3] on improving the quality of work (see report The Flemish workability monitor: A broad focus on quality of work (271Kb PDF) [4]). The first measurement was conducted in 2004 and the data obtained were representative of sex, age and sector. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Migrant workers prone to more work-related accidents but fewer diseases

    The National Confederal Assistance Centre (Istituto Nazionale Confederale di Assistenza, Inca-Cgil [1]) is the social security assistance service of the largest Italian trade union, the General Confederation of Italian Workers (Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro, Cgil [2]). Inca-Cgil commissioned a report entitled /Work accidents and occupational diseases among migrant workers/ (‘Il fenomeno infortunistico e tecnopatico nei lavoratori stranierii (in Italian, 117Kb PDF) [3]’), which summarises the main results of available data sources on the health of migrant workers based on surveys carried out since 2000. [1] [2] [3]à/InfortunisticaLavoratoriStranieri.pdf