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  • Article
    25 Listopad 2007

    Up until the end of September 2007, the gross monthly minimum wage in
    Slovakia was SKK 7,600 (€230 as at 9 November 2007) and the gross hourly
    minimum wage was SKK 43.70 (€1.33). The Decree of the Slovakian Government
    No. 540 of 28 September 2006 had raised the previous gross monthly minimum
    wage by SKK 700 (€21) (SK0611039I [1]). At that time, the minimum wage
    increased by more than 10% and was SKK 1,850 (€56) higher than the gross
    subsistence minimum, which was set at SKK 5,750 (€174) on 1 July 2006.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-increases-minimum-wage-by-10

  • Article
    25 Listopad 2007

    The Hungarian government has arrived at one of the most crucial points in
    implementing its proposed reforms (HU0609029I [1]): the restructuring of the
    state-run pension system. Although compulsory private pension funds were
    introduced in 1996, older generations remained in the public pay-as-you-go
    system (see the Hungarian contribution (69Kb, MS Word doc) [2] to the EIRO
    comparative study on Occupational pensions and industrial relations [3]). The
    government has to make decisions on increasing the official retirement age,
    review early retirement options, and devise new methods of calculating
    pensions and pension increments. The state-run pension system is accumulating
    a substantial deficit each year, which will probably increase in future years
    due to Hungary’s ageing population.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/trade-unions-reject-stringent-eu-convergence-programme
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/sites/default/files/ef_files/eiro/2004/04/word/hu0401105s.doc
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/erm/comparative-information/les-retraites-professionnelles-et-les-relations-industrielles

  • Article
    25 Listopad 2007

    Budapest Transport Company (Budapest Közlekedési Vállalat, BKV [1]) is
    responsible for providing public transport services for Budapest, a city of
    nearly two million inhabitants, and for a further half a million commuters.
    BKV employs almost 13,000 people and carries about seven million passengers a
    day. It operates five branches – including bus, tram, metro and
    underground, suburban railway and trolley bus – in an integrated network
    system. The company is 100% owned by the local authority of Budapest.

    [1] http://www.bkv.hu/

  • Article
    25 Listopad 2007

    A Trades Union Congress (TUC [1]) report, Time to tackle the training divide
    (734Kb PDF) [2] – published in August 2007 – examines training patterns
    in UK workplaces. The research draws on data from the UK Labour Force Survey
    (LFS) and from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
    (OECD [3]).

    [1] http://www.tuc.org.uk
    [2] http://www.tuc.org.uk/skills/tuc-13698-f0.pdf
    [3] http://www.oecd.org/

  • Article
    25 Listopad 2007

    The Institute for Public Health (Institutul de Sănătate Publică
    Bucureşti, ISPB [1]) has recently published a study on work-related
    diseases, entitled /Occupational morbidity in Romania in 2006/ [Morbiditatea
    profesională în România în 2006 (in Romanian, 1.1Mb PDF) [2]], based on
    annual data reported by occupational doctors. Between 1996 and 2006,
    statistical data reveal a generally decreasing trend in the number of new
    cases of diseases and in the incidence of occupational illnesses.

    [1] http://www.ispb.ro/
    [2] http://www.protectiamuncii.ro/pdfs/Lucrare BP 2006.pdf

  • Article
    25 Listopad 2007

    A survey on Self-reported work-related health problems from the Oslo Health
    Study [1] was published in September 2006 in the scientific journal
    /Occupational Medicine/ by researchers from the National Institute of
    Occupational Health in Norway (Statens arbeidsmiljøinstitutt, Stami [2]).
    The study aimed to examine the occurrence of work-related health problems and
    their impact on the total burden of ill-health among Oslo citizens aged 30,
    40 and 45 years.

    [1] http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/56/6/371
    [2] http://www.stami.no/In_English/

  • Article
    18 Listopad 2007

    On 3 October 2007, a request for mediation services was submitted by the
    trade unions the Local Authority Workers’ and Employees’ Trade Union
    (Συντεχνία Ημικρατικών, Δημοτικών και
    Κοινοτικών Εργατοϋπαλλήλων Κύπρου, SIDIKEK),
    affiliated to the Pancyprian Federation of Labour (Παγκύπρια
    Εργατική Ομοσπονδία, PΕΟ [1]), and the Cyprus Airways
    Employees’ Trade Union (SYNYKA), affiliated to the Cyprus Workers’
    Confederation (Συνομοσπονδία Εργαζομένων
    Κύπρου, SΕΚ [2]). The request was submitted to the Ministry of Labour
    and Social Insurance (Υπουργείου Εργασίας και
    Κοινωνικών Ασφαλίσεων, MILSA [3]) in relation to a labour
    dispute over the allegedly one-sided decision by the national airline Cyprus
    Airways [4] to enter into an agreement with Swissport [5]/GAP Vassilopoulos
    (Cyprus) Ltd [6]. The agreement concerns the creation of a joint venture
    seeking to obtain one of the licences for ground and ramp-handling services,
    to be awarded by the strategic investor at Larnaka and Pafos Airports.

    [1] http://www.peo.org.cy/
    [2] http://www.sek.org.cy/index.php?lang=2&l1=0
    [3] http://www.mlsi.gov.cy/mlsi/mlsi.nsf/dmlindex_en/dmlindex_en
    [4] http://www.cyprusairways.com/main/default.aspx
    [5] http://www.swissport.info/
    [6] http://www.gapgroup.com/

  • Article
    18 Listopad 2007

    In the run-up to this year’s autumn collective bargaining [1] round, a
    controversy arose over the possible re-design of Austria’s traditional wage
    bargaining formula in the future. The debate was further fuelled in August
    2007 when the Federal Minister for Financial Affairs and Vice-Chancellor,
    Wilhelm Molterer of the conservative Austrian People’s Party
    (Österreichische Volkspartei, ÖVP [2]), suggested doubling the current
    number of employees covered by any form of financial participation [3] by
    2010. At present, around 6% of Austria’s employees hold some kind of shares
    in their employer company, and 5% receive productivity-based bonuses or
    profit-related pay. According to the ÖVP’s expectations, the proportion of
    employees covered by financial participation schemes should be raised to 20%
    by the end of the current legislative period in 2010.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/collective-bargaining
    [2] http://www.oevp.at/
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/financial-participation

  • Article
    18 Listopad 2007

    On 25 September 2007, the first official meeting of the new bargaining round
    was held between the government and the social partners, to discuss the
    viability of the Social Insurance Fund. The purpose of the meeting was for
    the social partners to take a position on the package of measures for reform
    of the social insurance scheme, as submitted by the Ministry of Labour and
    Social Insurance (Υπουργείου Εργασίας και
    Κοινωνικών Ασφαλίσεων, MLSI [1]) in July 2007, in order
    to find a mutually acceptable solution. Taking part in the meeting were
    representatives of the following trade union organisations: the Democratic
    Labour Federation of Cyprus (Δημοκρατική Εργατική
    Ομοσπονδία Κύπρου, DΕΟΚ [2]), the Pancyprian Federation of
    Labour (Παγκύπρια Εργατική Ομοσπονδία, PΕΟ [3])
    and the Cyprus Workers’ Confederation (Συνομοσπονδία
    Εργαζομένων Κύπρου, SΕΚ [4]). Also attending the meeting
    were representatives of the two employer organisations: the Cyprus Chamber of
    Commerce and Industry (Εμπορικό και Βιομηχανικό
    Επιμελητήριο Κύπρου, ΚΕΒΕ [5]) and the Employers and
    Industrialists’ Federation (Ομοσπονδία Εργοδοτών και
    Βιομηχάνων, ΟΕΒ [6]).

    [1] http://www.mlsi.gov.cy/mlsi/mlsi.nsf/dmlindex_en/dmlindex_en?OpenDocument
    [2] http://www.deok.org.cy/main.htm
    [3] http://www.peo.org.cy/
    [4] http://www.sek.org.cy/index.php?lang=2&l1=0
    [5] http://www.ccci.org.cy/
    [6] http://www.oeb.org.cy/

  • Article
    18 Listopad 2007

    On 2 October 2007, the responsible ministries of the coalition government of
    the Social-Democratic Party (Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs, SPÖ
    [1]) and the conservative Austrian People’s Party (Österreichische
    Volkspartei, ÖVP [2]) managed, after several months of intense negotiations,
    to agree on a draft amendment to the current childcare [3] benefit scheme
    (/Kinderbetreuungsgeld/). The draft was endorsed by a majority vote in
    parliament on 17 October 2007 and will come into effect on 1 January 2008.

    [1] http://www.spoe.at/
    [2] http://www.oevp.at/index.aspx?pageid=737
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/childcare