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  • Article
    8 Září 2003

    A new national collective agreement for the Italian insurance sector was
    signed in July 2003. As well as pay increases, the agreement contains a
    number of innovatory provisions, including: the creation of a national
    observatory on bullying, the establishment of a fund for the care of disabled
    workers; and enhanced information and consultation, including on equal
    opportunities issues.

  • Article
    8 Září 2003

    In late June 2003, Sweden's main trade union and employers' confederations
    agreed joint guidelines [1] for implementing the European framework agreement
    on telework [2] signed in July 2002 (EU0207204F [3]) by the EU-level central
    social partners - the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the Council
    of European Professional and Managerial Staff (EUROCADRES)/European
    Confederation of Executives and Managerial Staff (CEC) liaison committee, the
    Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE)/the
    European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME)
    and the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of
    Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP). The EU-level telework
    agreement was the first cross-industry agreement between the social partners
    which was not intended to be implemented by an EU Directive, but by the
    national member organisations of the signatory parties 'in accordance with
    the procedures and practices specific to management and labour in the Member
    States'.

    [1] http://web.tco.se/ArticlePages/200306/24/20030624123306_TCO218/gemensamariktlinjer.doc
    [2] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2002/oct/teleworking_agreement_en.pdf
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-sign-teleworking-accord

  • Article
    7 Září 2003

    The Irish government is soon to consider a proposal to increase the five-year
    'range' during which civil servants can retire on a full pension, from the
    current 60-65 years of age to 62-67. This is among several suggestions to
    emerge from a working group which, for over two years, has been discussing
    the implementation of a major report from the Commission on Public Service
    Pensions, which was published in 2001. The Commission’s 2001 report had
    found that the cost of public service pensions would double between 1997 to
    2012, from EUR 807 million to EUR 1.7 billion, rising by a further EUR 1.27
    billion by 2027.

  • Article
    7 Září 2003

    On 31 August 2003, the delegates at the 20th national congress of the German
    Metalworkers' Union (Industriegewerkschaft Metall, IG Metall) elected a new
    leadership for a four-year term of office. The new chair of the union is the
    previous vice-chair, Jürgen Peters, while the previous head of IG Metall's
    Baden-Württemberg district organisation, Berthold Huber, was elected as
    vice-chair. The percentages of votes obtained by both candidates, 66% and 67%
    respectively, were the lowest ever obtained in an uncontested leadership
    election in IG Metall's history.

  • Article
    7 Září 2003

    The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), the Trades Union Congress (TUC)
    and CEEP UK- the British affiliates of the European social partner
    organisations, the Union of Industrial and Employers’ Confederations of
    Europe (UNICE), the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the
    European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises
    of General Economic Interest (CEEP) - have agreed a document [1] giving
    guidance on telework. Talks between the three organisations were prompted by
    the July 2002 agreement on teleworking [2] between their European-level
    counterparts (EU0207204F [3]), and were held under the auspices of the
    Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), which published the agreed guidance
    in August 2003.

    [1] http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/individual/telework.pdf
    [2] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2002/oct/teleworking_agreement_en.pdf
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-sign-teleworking-accord

  • Article
    7 Září 2003

    From 1 August 2003, all wages, pensions and benefits in Luxembourg have
    increased by 2.5%, as result of the country's automatic indexation system.

  • 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

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