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  • Social partners and government launch initiatives to combat undeclared work

    Undeclared work [1] in Bulgaria has been under discussion for a long time (*BG0406202T*). However, the debate was accelerated during the last year, triggered by Bulgaria’s EU accession in January 2007. Employer organisations are concerned about the increase in unfair competition and risks for the competitiveness of businesses, while trade unions are concerned about the risks of social dumping [2], decreasing social protection for individuals and labour market prospects associated with informal work. [1] [2]
  • Telework in Norway

    At present, no generally recognised definition of telework [1] exists in the legal framework in Norway. To date, telework has not been an important topic, illustrated by the fact that the issue was hardly touched on in relation to the most recent revision of the working environment legislation in Norwegian working life (*NO0304103F* [2], *NO0506102F [3]*, *NO0512103N* [4]). [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Towards ‘representative actions’ in resolving workplace disputes

    On 21 March 2007, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR [1]) initiated a public consultation over proposals on Resolving disputes in the workplace (325Kb PDF) [2], aimed at improving the resolution of individual employment disputes. This article reviews the issues raised, focusing particularly on the possible introduction of procedures to ‘streamline’ the management of multiple individual claims through the employment tribunal and court systems. [1] [2]
  • Bank of Ireland and unions sign agreement on pension scheme for new employees

    The Bank of Ireland [1] pensions agreement, which was negotiated with the assistance of Deputy Director Tom Pomphrett of the Conciliation Services Division of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC [2]), has been formally endorsed by the Labour Court [3]. The agreement, involving one of Ireland’s major banks, represents the further development of ‘hybrid’ pension plans, which are a combination of defined benefit (DB) pensions and defined contribution (DC) plans. [1] [2] [3]
  • Unions threaten to call general strike over minimum wage level

    In mid October 2007, four of the five national trade union confederations (RO0610019I [1]) issued a joint press release to express their dissatisfaction with the draft state budget for 2008. [1]
  • Restrictions on unemployment benefit to hit part-time workers

    Changes to the unemployment insurance scheme were announced in the recent budget bill for 2008 [1]. Accordingly, from 1 January 2008, part-time workers will receive unemployment benefits for a maximum of 75 days, as opposed to the previous maximum of 300 days. Single parents will still be compensated over an extended period of more than 75 days through the ‘job and development guarantee’ (SE0705019I [2]). This exception was included as economic conditions could become difficult for many single households, since some part-time workers will lose a large proportion of their disposable income. [1] [2]
  • Employers and trade unions contest ownership of former trade unions’ assets

    The current trade unions of Romania were re-established under Act 54/1991 (subsequently, Act 54/2003), which superseded the provisions of Act 52/1945 governing trade unions.
  • Pay rise for public sector workers under new collective agreements

    The new collective agreement on terms of employment in the public sector at local government level was concluded in mid September 2007. The new settlement envisages nationally binding collective agreements for employees at local government level and covers the period from 1 October 2007 to 31 January 2010. Signatories of the agreement included the Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors (Julkisten ja hyvinvointialojen liitto, JHL [1]), the Federation of Public and Private Sector Employees (Julkis- ja yksityisalojen toimihenkilöliitto, Jyty [2]), the Negotiation Organisation for Public Sector Professionals (Julkisalan koulutettujen neuvottelujärjestö, JUKO [3]), the Confederation of Employees in Technical and Basic Service Professions (Tekniikan ja Peruspalvelujen Neuvottelujärjestö, KTN [4]) and the Finnish Union of Practical Nurses (Suomen lähi- ja perushoitajaliitto, SuPer [5]). However, the Union of Health and Social Care Professionals (Terveyden- ja sosiaalihuoltoalan ammattijärjestö, Tehy [6]) did not sign the agreement (*FI0710039I* [7]). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
  • Arbeitsprogramm 2008: Jährlicher Managementplan

    This document gives an overview of the activities planned by the Foundation for 2008, within the framework of its four-year programme 2005-2008, 'Changing Europe: Better work, better life'.
  • Working conditions remain stable in the Netherlands

    Despite significant changes in the national questionnaires on work and health, the quality of work as well as health complaints in the Netherlands appear to be relatively stable. Pace of work seems to be on the increase again and more people are working in excess of their contractual hours. Notwithstanding changes in disability legislation, psychological disorders remain a factor in dropping out of employment. Overall, absenteeism has been decreasing recently although work-related illnesses tend to result in longer spells of absence.