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  • Article
    17 december 2006

    To mark ‘International stress awareness day’ on 1 November 2006, the
    Trades Union Congress (TUC [1]) released findings from its 2006 survey of
    workplace trade union health and safety representatives [2]. The study is
    conducted every two years and, during the spring and summer of 2006, a total
    of 3,339 health and safety representatives responded to a questionnaire
    either online or by post.

    [1] http://www.tuc.org.uk/
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/health-and-safety-representatives

  • Article
    17 december 2006

    In November 2006, the results of a new survey on workplace bullying were
    published to mark the fourth annual ‘ban bullying at work day [1]’. The
    survey was commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and
    Development (CIPD [2]), the UK’s leading professional body for those
    involved in the management and development of people. The CIPD survey
    suggests that bullying can take many forms and appears to be on the increase.
    Other recent research has produced similar results.

    [1] http://www.banbullyingatwork.com/main.asp?id=home
    [2] http://www.cipd.co.uk/default.cipd

  • Article
    17 december 2006

    Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, trade union membership in Malta has continued
    to rise, according to official statistics. In the decade between 1991 and
    2001, a 25% increase in trade union membership was recorded. The trade unions
    benefiting the most from this rise in membership were the General Workers’
    Union (GWU [1]) and the Union of United Workers (Union Haddiema Maghqudin,
    UHM [2]), which together represent over 80% of unionised Maltese workers.

    [1] http://www.gwu.org.mt
    [2] https://www.uhm.org.mt/home.aspx

  • Article
    17 december 2006

    In October 2006, demonstrations organised by the government opposition
    continued in front of parliament, with demands that the Prime Minister,
    Ferenc Gyurcsány, should step down and that the government should abandon
    the economic measures stipulated in its convergence programme aimed at
    meeting the Maastricht criteria for joining the euro-zone (*HU0609029I* [1]).
    At the same time, unions affiliated to the Democratic League of Independent
    Trade Unions (Független Szakszervezetek Demokratikus Ligája, LIGA [2]) also
    staged demonstrations against specific sectoral measures proposed by the
    government.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/trade-unions-reject-stringent-eu-convergence-programme
    [2] http://www.liganet.hu/

  • Article
    17 december 2006

    Within weeks of the social partners ratifying the national partnership
    agreement, Towards 2016 – Ten-year framework social partnership agreement
    2006–2015 (2.9Mb PDF) [1], proposed changes to pension arrangements by two
    major companies have posed an immediate challenge to the new procedures for
    dealing with pension disputes (*IE0606019I* [2]). The disputes are also
    testing the state’s dispute resolution agencies, in particular the Labour
    Court.

    [1] http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/attached_files/Pdf files/Towards2016PartnershipAgreement.pdf
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-agree-new-national-partnership-agreement

  • Article
    17 december 2006

    The Hungarian government was invited to submit a revised convergence
    programme update to the European Commission [1] by 1 September 2006, aimed at
    meeting the Maastricht criteria for joining the euro-zone (*HU0609029I* [2]).
    While preparing the programme, the re-elected socialist–liberal government
    admitted that the budget deficit for 2006 would be above 10% of gross
    domestic product (GDP). Therefore, the government was forced to introduce a
    package of strict economic measures in order to increase tax revenues and
    reduce budget expenditure.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/european-commission
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/trade-unions-reject-stringent-eu-convergence-programme

  • Article
    17 december 2006

    Since the mid 1980s, close attention has been paid to the emergence of
    certain work practices which differ markedly from the traditional specialised
    and hierarchical Taylorist-Fordist model. In recent years, attention has
    focused mostly on the numerical flexibility [1] sought by companies in order
    to remain competitive in changing market conditions. Forms of functional
    flexibility – or new forms of work organisation (NFWO) – have received
    much less attention, especially in Italy and the other southern European
    countries. This is despite the fact that various international bodies – not
    least the European Commission (*EU9707134F* [2], *EU9805105F* [3],
    *EU9904167N* [4]) – have issued documents designed to promote such
    practices. In Italy, this scant concern with NFWO has most likely been due to
    the scarcity of data on these forms of work (*IT0409203T* [5]), as well as
    the lack of specific policy programmes intended to promote their use.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/flexibility
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/commission-seeks-to-encourage-debate-on-new-forms-of-work-organisation
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations-business/progress-on-new-forms-of-work-organisation-a-role-for-the-social-partners
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/european-work-organisation-network-launched
    [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/thematic-feature-collective-agreements-on-changes-in-work-organisation-9

  • Article
    17 december 2006

    By the end of 2006, the Italian parliament was set to approve the 2007
    finance act (/legge finanziaria/), presented to and approved by the cabinet
    in September 2006 (*IT0607029I* [1]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/trade-union-concern-at-proposed-budgetary-cuts

  • Article
    17 december 2006

    In response to a general strike of teaching and auxiliary staff in the
    education sector, negotiations with the government began on 7 November 2005
    and lasted more than three weeks. The outcome was an agreement signed by the
    government and four representative trade unions organisations: the National
    Education Federation (Federatia Educatiei Nationale, FEN [1]), the Federation
    of Free Trade Unions in Education (Federatia Sindicatelor Libere din
    Învatamânt, FSLI [2]), the ‘Spiru Haret’ Federation (Federatia
    Sindicatelor din Învatamânt ‘Spiru Haret’, FSI Spiru Haret [3]) and the
    Alma Mater National Trade Union Federation (Federatia Nationala Sindicala
    Alma Mater, Federatia Alma Mater [4]) (*RO0511101N* [5]).

    [1] http://www.fen.ro
    [2] http://www.fsli.ro/
    [3] http://www.spiruharet.edinfo.ro
    [4] http://www.almamater.ro
    [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/education-budget-amended-by-the-minister-teachers-and-trade-union

  • Article
    17 december 2006

    The National Trade Union Confederation ‘Cartel Alfa’ (Confederatia
    Sindicala Nationala ‘Cartel Alfa’, Cartel Alfa [1]) comprises 38
    professional federations and two associated organisations from both the
    private and public sectors.

    [1] http://www.cartel-alfa.ro