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  • Local integration policies for migrants in Europe

    This report follows on from a 2006 Foundation study into local integration policies for immigrants in Europe, Integration of migrants: Contribution of local and regional authorities, which investigated the concept of integration. The report describes the historical and institutional factors which shaped migration policy in 12 EU Member States and analyses local integration policies in 14 European cities. While it points to the very different migration histories and patterns in different European countries and cities and the distinctive ways of implementing concrete integration measures, it identifies areas of common experience and practice. The report concludes that there is no single European integration model, and recommends taking good practice measures based on joint experience to develop a more effective and targeted integration policy.
  • Journalists highlight poor employment conditions and decline in standards

    According to the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ [1]), employment standards within the industry are under threat. Like other sectors, employees in the media are contending with the pressures associated with increasing market competition. A recent seminar organised by the European Trade Union Institute for Research, Education, and Health and Safety (ETUI-REHS [2]) and EFJ on ‘The future of collective bargaining and organising in journalism’ noted that employment in journalism is becoming increasingly precarious. In particular, as employers favour a deregulation [3] of terms and conditions of employment [4], many journalists are being forced to sign fixed-term work [5] contracts. EJF’s Declaration on media and democracy in Europe [6] states that the existence of such atypical [7] employment means that many journalists ‘are unable to exercise their rights to collective bargaining [8], to non-discriminatory and equal opportunities [9] between men and women, to non-discriminatory and adequate wages and to minimal standards of social protection [10]’. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
  • Social partners call for improvements to migration policy

    Since Bulgaria’s accession to the EU on 1 January 2007, the government has made attempts to develop a more comprehensive migration policy. In mid 2007, a tripartite working group consisting of representatives of the social partners, several ministries and certain non-governmental organisations (NGOs) was established. Headed by the Minister of the Interior, Ivaylo Kalfin, the group was given the task of developing a framework for future migration policy. The draft guidelines (in Bulgarian, 1.1Mb MS Word doc) [1] proposed by the group have been widely discussed with the social partners and were published on the government’s website [2] for public discussion during the months of September and October 2007. The adopted guidelines outline the current migration situation and the main strategic policy. [1] [2]
  • Job cuts likely at Waterford Crystal following restructuring

    Waterford Crystal [1], the Irish-based arm of the Waterford Wedgwood Group, was first established in 1947 and became one of Ireland’s few indigenous exporting success stories before the country began its modern industrial development in the 1990s. [1]
  • Nurses’ dispute in settlement talks

    More than 12,000 nurses belonging to the Union of Health and Social Care Professionals (Terveyden- ja sosiaalihuoltoalan ammattijärjestö, Tehy [1]) were due to take part in a mass resignation on 19 November 2007 if no pay and working conditions agreement was reached before that date. Tehy has demanded a wage increase of 24% for nurses working in the municipal sector. However, the Commission of Local Authority Employers (Kunnallinen työmarkkinalaitos, KT [2]) has only offered a 12.7% pay increase (*FI0710039I* [3]). The dispute has had a huge impact in the Finnish industrial relations sphere. [1] [2] [3]
  • Inequality and discrimination in employment

    The Act on equal treatment and promotion of equal opportunities No. 125 of 2003 (183Kb PDF) [1] entered into force on 27 January 2004. The act fulfilled a number of regulatory obligations laid down in the acquis communautaire [2] of the European Union. It also established the Equal Treatment Authority (Egyenlő Bánásmód Hatóság [3]) to handle individual and public complaints on the grounds of unequal treatment, as well as to implement the principles of equality and non discrimination. The fines it can impose for discriminatory practice range from HUF 50,000 (about €200, as at 14 January 2008) to HUF 6,000,000 (about €24,000). [1] [2] [3]
  • Communiqué (1/06)

    The January 2006 issue of Communiqué contains the following articles: Director's diary; Flexible working time options: a win-win situation for all; Catering for better working conditions; Research and news in brief; Latest events and publications.
  • Telework in the Czech Republic

    Article 2 of the 2002 European framework agreement on telework (107Kb PDF) [1] has defined telework [2] as follows: [1] [2]
  • Cleaning workers launch campaign to highlight poor working conditions

    Social dialogue regarding the renewal of the industrial cleaning sector’s collective agreement was put on hold on 21 October 2007. The Private Cleaning Services Trade Union (Syndicat Services privés de nettoyage, d’hygiène et d’environnement [1]), affiliated to the Luxembourg Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (Onofhängege Gewerkschaftsbond Lëtzebuerg, OGB-L [2]), believes that its members have excessive workloads. Moreover, the trade union claims that the workers’ situation is getting worse every year, since the companies whose premises they clean are constantly seeking to save money on cleaning charges. Cleaning contractors are meeting the customer’s demands out of fear of losing their contract; they then decide how many cleaners to employ on the customer’s site. According to the trade union, cleaners today have to clean an average area of 400 square metres an hour – an intolerable working situation for a job which is poorly paid, and in which working hours are incompatible with family life, since the work is done before and after standard office working hours. [1] [2]
  • High pay increases agreed in 2007 sectoral bargaining round

    On foot of the centralised national incomes policy agreement for the period 2005–2007, the sectoral collective bargaining round has provided for relatively high pay increases for all employees. Pressure to increase pay resulted in some industrial action or the threat of action, although such efforts did not involve any notable damage to the social partners. The central and local government sectors are now almost totally covered by new collective agreements. By mid December 2007, 100% of the employee groups that were involved in the 2005−2007 national agreement were covered by new collective agreements. In branches representing 10% of employees, the existing agreements are valid up until the spring of 2008.