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  • Article
    20 Prosinec 2007

    The call centre industry is growing rapidly in Italy: the customer
    relationship management (CRM) group Customer Management Multimedia Competence
    estimates that some 250,000 operators are employed in 1,400 companies. Call
    centres are currently perceived as the archetype of a post-industrial
    society, unlike production assembly lines which were viewed in the context of
    the industrial society.

  • Article
    20 Prosinec 2007

    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] http://www.inca.it/
    [2] http://www.cgil.it/
    [3] http://www.cgil.it/saluteesicurezza/Novità/InfortunisticaLavoratoriStranieri.pdf

  • Article
    17 Prosinec 2007

    The opening of borders on 1 May 2007 to employees from new EU Member States
    (NMS) appears not to have discouraged some employers in the Netherlands from
    hiring workers illegally. For employers, financial motives remain the most
    important reason for taking on illegal employees. Therefore, it remains
    important to continue to check for illegal employees and to impose fines. The
    Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Piet Hein Donner, drew this
    conclusion on the basis of the findings of a study carried out into
    compliance with the Act on Employment of Foreigners (/Wet Arbeid
    Vreemdelingen/, WAV).

  • Article
    17 Prosinec 2007

    The good economic performance of the Fiat Group [1] has prompted a decision
    by the company, formalised by the board of directors on 24 October 2007, to
    pay its employees an advance on future wage increases from October 2007
    onwards. For the 11th consecutive quarter, Fiat has recorded an improvement
    in its balance sheet indicators, so that its growth forecasts for 2007 have
    been revised upwards, with a now expected net profit of between €1.8 and
    €1.9 billion.

    [1] http://www.fiatgroup.com/

  • Article
    17 Prosinec 2007

    The main points in the Netherlands’ state budget agreement published in
    September 2007 concern the reduction of the financial burdens of minimum-wage
    earners and elderly people whose only source of income derives from the
    General Old-Age Pensions Act (/Algemene Ouderdomswet/, AOW). Another proposal
    relates to imposing lower unemployment insurance premiums to reduce labour
    costs for companies.

  • Article
    17 Prosinec 2007

    In August 2007, the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Piet Hein
    Donner, announced his plan to introduce a public pregnancy and maternity
    leave scheme for self-employed individuals. The women involved will each be
    awarded the right to 16 weeks of benefits, depending on their earnings. The
    benefits will at least equal the statutory minimum wage, which currently
    stands at €1,317 gross a month, and will be financed from public funds.

  • Article
    17 Prosinec 2007

    At the proposal of the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Jesús Caldera,
    on 5 October 2007 the Council of Ministers approved a package of measures to
    support the footwear and leather goods manufacturing and components sector in
    Spain. The main aim of these measures is to maintain the employment of about
    40,000 workers, more than 28,000 of whom work in the subsector of footwear,
    while about 5,500 work in tanning and about 6,500 in leather goods. To this
    end, the parties involved have agreed to work together to address the
    difficult situation that the sector is experiencing due to the liberalisation
    of the market and competition from emerging countries, particularly from
    those in Asia.

  • Article
    17 Prosinec 2007

    Although Latvian migration policy is directed at protecting the domestic
    labour market, employers are tending more frequently to exercise the option
    of employing migrant workers, as provided by law. According to the Office of
    Citizenship and Migration Affairs (Pilsonības un migrācijas lietu
    pārvalde, PMLP [1]), during the first half of 2007 almost as many employed
    foreigners, at 1,989 persons, were registered as in the whole of 2006, when
    the total reached 2,398 persons. Moreover, the number of migrant workers
    entering the country is increasing while the number of foreign entrepreneurs
    is decreasing – the latter has declined from 33% of the total number of
    those entering for the purpose of employment in 2006 to 23% of the total in
    2007.

    [1] http://www.pmlp.gov.lv/

  • Article
    17 Prosinec 2007

    Over the past year, increasing macroeconomic instability has heightened
    tensions in Latvian society. When the August 2007 inflation rate exceeded 10%
    and the public demanded that the government be more active in reducing
    inflation, the government responded by announcing a possible public sector
    pay freeze in 2008, to be applied first to teachers and healthcare workers.
    The ministers believe that such a move could act as a deflationary measure
    (LV0703029I [1]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/widespread-protest-at-government-plan-to-reduce-inflation

  • Article
    17 Prosinec 2007

    The General Agreement for taxi operations, which forms part of the transport
    sector, was concluded on 25 September 2007 between the Latvian Taxi Sector
    Employer Organisation (Latvijas vieglo taksometru nozares darba devēju
    organizācija, LVTNDDO) and the Latvian Taxi Union (Latvijas vieglo
    taksometru arodbiedrība, LVTA), based on Article 18 (2) of the Latvian
    Labour Law. The aim of the agreement is to ensure stable and efficient taxi
    services, development of operations and social guarantees for the employees
    concerned.