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  • Article
    7 Září 2003

    Poland's once powerful trade unions now organise only 18% of the workforce,
    one of the lowest unionisation rates in central and eastern Europe. The
    reasons for the weakness of Poland's trade union movement have been examined
    at a seminar held in May 2003 and in a book based on the discussions at the
    seminar. This article summarises the main arguments and findings.

  • Article
    7 Září 2003

    The Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (Suomen Ammattiliittojen
    Keskusjärjestö, SAK) published its own 'employment programme' in August
    2003. It proposes 17 measures to raise the labour market participation rate,
    cut unemployment and promote employment, especially for those whose labour
    market position is weak. The programme also includes long-term proposals that
    take into account problems caused by the ageing of the labour force.

  • Article
    7 Září 2003

    During 2003, trade unions at Poland's Stalowa Wola metalworking company have
    been organising industrial action in protest at the planned closure of the
    group's iron and steel works, with the loss of 1,400 jobs. The government has
    offered the workers to be made redundant assistance under a new programme to
    soften the effects of industrial restructuring.

  • Article
    7 Září 2003

    According to data issued by the Statistical Office of the Slovak Republic
    (Statistický úrad SR, SÚ SR), in 2002 the average nominal wage increase
    was 9.3%, up from 8.2% in the previous year (SK0207101N [1]). The average
    nominal monthly wage of an employee was SKK 13,511 in 2002. Taking into
    account data provided by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family
    (Ministerstvo práce, sociálnych vecí a rodiny Slovenskej republiky, MPSVR
    SR), this means an increase in average nominal wages of 151.2 % compared with
    1993 (the year that Slovakia became an independent state).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/real-wages-finally-increase-again

  • Article
    7 Září 2003

    In early August 2003, the workforce of Factory Wagon SA, a privatised Polish
    railway rolling-stock producer and repairer, launched strikes and other
    protest action, with the immediate cause being several months' arrears in
    wage payments. The strike ended in late August when the debt-ridden firm was
    declared bankrupt, opening the way for the sale of its assets and possible
    survival of its operations and jobs.

  • Article
    7 Září 2003

    In August 2003, the Polish government named four coal mines which are to be
    closed in 2004, following an agreement reached with mineworkers' trade unions
    in 2002 on the closure of unprofitable mines. The announcement led to the
    unions calling strike action in the mines concerned, despite government
    assurances that new jobs or appropriate accompanying social measures will be
    arranged for all the miners to be made redundant.

  • Article
    7 Září 2003

    On 22 July 2003, the Austrian Trade Union Federation (Österreichischer
    Gewerkschaftsbund, ÖGB) and the Chamber of Labour (Arbeiterkammer, AK)
    jointly presented a study on the working and living conditions of 'atypical'
    workers in Austria. The study (Atypisch beschäftigt - typisch für die
    Zukunft der Arbeit [1]) evaluates interviews conducted in 2002 with 528
    people who made use of special advisory services for 'atypical' workers
    offered by both ÖGB and AK. More precisely, the researchers’ focus group
    were self-employed people employed under either a 'free service contract'
    (freier Dienstvertrag) or a 'contract for work' (Werkvertrag) (TN0205101S
    [2]). According to Austrian labour law, both groups are classified as
    self-employed in the narrow sense, although they do not employ other people
    and often work for only one client. Actually, their working situation
    resembles to a great extent that of (dependent) employees. People working on
    a 'contract for work' basis (also referred to as the 'new self-employed', or
    neue Selbständige) are obliged to fulfil a certain, well-defined task,
    regardless of whether they do this themselves or subcontract to other people.
    For their part, 'free service contract' workers provide an (often fixed-term)
    ongoing service. Formally, they are not subject to the instructions of the
    client and are free to schedule their own working time. Working materials, in
    general, have to be made available to these workers by the client.

    [1] http://www.oegb.at/servlet/BlobServer?blobcol=urldokument&blobheader=application/pdf&blobkey=id&blobtable=Dokument&blobwhere=1060188977969
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/erm/comparative-information/economically-dependent-workers-employment-law-and-industrial-relations

  • CAR
    1 Září 2003

    The comparative study was compiled on the basis of individual national
    reports submitted by EIRO's national centres. The text of each of these
    national reports is available below in Word format. The reports have not been
    edited or approved by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living
    and Working Conditions. The national reports were drawn up in response to a
    questionnaire [1] and should be read in conjunction with it.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/sites/default/files/ef_files/eiro/2003/01/word/tn0211q_2.doc

  • Article
    26 Srpen 2003

    This article provides a brief overview of the industrial relations system
    that has emerged in Bulgaria since the period of economic and political
    transition began in 1989.

  • Article
    26 Srpen 2003

    On 11 June 2003, a tripartite meeting was held on the initiative of the
    Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB [1]) to discuss
    the issue of unpaid wages. The meeting brought together representatives of
    the government, employers’ organisations and CITUB and its member branch
    federations, along with trade union officials from some of the companies
    involved.

    [1] http://www.knsb-bg.org/

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