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  • New rules on hiring casual labour

    /In Norway, new rules to protect hired labourers have been introduced. Both trade unions and the Labour Inspection Authority have been given greater powers to ensure that the hiring of labour complies with the law. Employer organisations are highly critical of the changes made to the legal framework, particularly the right of petition for trade unions. A Conservative Party spokesman has said that the changes will be reversed when the Conservative coalition takes office.
  • Bidder sought to rescue troubled chemical company

    The chemical company Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea was, until 2012, the flag bearer of the Romanian chemical and petrochemical industry. It had a reputation as a national brand and had a workforce of 3,200, some based at the primary site in Râmnicu Vâlcea and the rest 60 kilometres away at the petrochemical site at the former Arpechim refinery in Piteşti.
  • Commission rejects proposed agreement in hairdressing sector

    In April 2012 the social partners in the EU hairdressing sector, the employers’ organisation Coiffure EU [1] and employees’ union UNI Hair & Beauty [2], signed a framework agreement on health and safety in hairdressing (4.6MB PDF) [3] (*EU1205031I* [4]). The social partners asked the European Commission, under Article 155 [5] of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, to make the agreement legally binding in all EU Member States, by issuing an EU Directive. [1] http://www.coiffure.eu [2] http://www.uniglobalunion.org/sectors/hair-beauty/news [3] http://ec.europa.eu/social/BlobServlet?docId=7697&langId=en [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/industrial-relations-undefined/hairdressing-sector-devises-health-and-safety-pact [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/european-social-dialogue-via-articles-154-155-tfeu
  • New company agreement at Fiat to safeguard production in Italy

    Following the signing of a new company agreement (*IT1102019I* [1], *IT1007029I* [2], *IT1111029I* [3]), the Fiat Group withdrew from the collective bargaining framework for the metalworking industry, which had been in effect since 1 January 2012. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/industrial-relations/recent-developments-in-fiats-industrial-relations [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/industrial-relations/shift-in-fiats-bargaining-strategy-sparks-debate [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/industrial-relations/fiat-leaves-confindustria-and-signs-new-company-agreement
  • Social partners sign agreement against harassment in the banking sector

    An agreement between Luxembourg's social partners in the banking sector reached on 9 July 2013 (published September 2013) sets out the conditions of the national agreement on harassment that are specifically aimed at this sector.
  • Health unions issue strike alert

    The Czech Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions (ČMKOS [1]) has called on the government to immediately address the plight of health and social care services and spas. According to ČMKOS, the situation is more serious than ever. Around 30 hospitals do not have money to pay for medicines, medical supplies or salaries, according to the President of the Trade Union of Health Services and Social Care (OSZSP [2]), Dagmar Žitníková. In addition, some spa resorts have already become bankrupt (*CZ1309019I* [3]), and several more are on the brink of failure. On 9 October 2013, OSZSP declared that it was ready to take strike action. [1] http://www.cmkos.cz/ [2] http://www.zdravotnickeodbory.cz/ [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/funding-cuts-lead-to-job-losses-in-spa-care-sector
  • Job security and stability are key factors sought by unemployed

    The State Employment Agency (NVA [1]) in Latvia has released the results of its study Flexicurity in the Labour Market and The State Employment Agency’s Role in Implementing the Concept of Flexicurity in Latvia’s Labour Market (1.38MB PDF, in Latvian) [2]. [1] http://www.nva.gov.lv/ [2] http://www.nva.gov.lv/docs/17_512b3f07754f63.06734390.pdf
  • Court rules some austerity measures to be unconstitutional

    For the fourth time since the bail-out of Portugal by the Troika, the country’s Constitutional Court [1] has rejected austerity measures proposed by the centre-right Government of Portugal [2]. [1] http://www.tribunalconstitucional.pt/tc/home.html [2] http://www.portugal.gov.pt/en.aspx
  • Social partners uneasy over government deals with multi-nationals

    The Government of Hungary [1] has been negotiating deals with large multinational companies in the manufacturing sectors. These ‘strategic agreements’ are intended to guarantee cooperation and mutual support between the Hungarian authorities and the companies involved. However, both trade unions and employer organisations have questioned the methods of consultation and bargaining employed. [1] http://www.kormany.hu/en
  • Unions decry abrupt ending of banking sector agreement

    The banking sector’s national collective agreement was renewed on 19 January 2012 (*IT1202039I* [1]), just over a year after the expiry of the previous one in December 2010. Negotiations were concluded quickly and with little difficulty, and were signed by the Italian Federation of Insurance and Credit Workers’ Unions (FISAC-CGIL [2]); the Italian Banking and Insurance Workers Federation (FIBA-CISL [3]); the Union of Italian Credit, Collection and Insurance Workers (UILCA-U [4]); the Independent Federation of Italian Banking Workers (FABI [5]); the General Union of Credit Workers (UGL CREDITO [6]); the National Trade Union Association for Credit, Financial and Banking Management Staff (DIRCREDITO [7]); and the National Federation of Independent Trade Unions – Credit, Finance and Insurance Personnel (SINFUB [8]). The agreement was welcomed by employers and unions and included an annual average pay increase of €170 over three years. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/industrial-relations-working-conditions/renewal-of-banking-sectors-national-collective-agreement [2] http://www.fisac.it/ [3] http://www.fiba.it [4] http://www.uilca.it [5] http://www.fabi.it/ [6] http://www.uglcredito.it/ [7] http://www.dircredito.net/ [8] http://www.sinfub.it/

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