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  • Article
    3 januar 2006

    In December 2005, trade unions and employers in the Italian
    telecommunications sector signed a draft collective agreement for the 2005-8
    period. The industry's 120,000 workers will now be asked to approve the new
    agreement in workplace assemblies. The deal introduces numerous changes,
    notably an extension of its coverage to include call-centre companies and the
    introduction of new rules on subcontracting and outsourcing. Both sides have
    expressed their satisfaction with the draft agreement, although worries have
    been voiced concerning the issue of market regulation and the role of the
    Guarantee Authority for Telecommunications.

  • Article
    3 januar 2006

    Negotiations among the French social partners on promoting employment for
    older workers opened in February 2005 and resulted in a draft national
    intersectoral agreement in October. Measures agreed include a new form of
    fixed-term contract for workers over the age of 57. However, the trade unions
    have reservations, especially as linked negotiations on retirement for
    workers with arduous working conditions and on unemployment insurance are
    still under way, while the government is preparing a plan for the employment
    of older workers.

  • Article
    3 januar 2006

    A serious accident in November 2005, resulting in the death of six workers
    involved in the construction of a motorway in Andalusia, has led to a major
    debate on the relationship between occupational risk prevention and
    employment conditions in the Spanish construction sector. Trade unions called
    a protest work stoppage and have linked the high industrial accident rate in
    construction to the sector's high levels of subcontracting, temporary
    employment and overtime working.

  • Article
    2 januar 2006

    A survey conducted by Forschungs- und Beratungsstelle Arbeitswelt (FORBA)
    focuses on the quality of work, corporate strategies and institutional
    frameworks of call centres. The results are based on responses of managers of
    96 call centres, inhouse as well as subcontracting companies, and represent
    9,100 employees.