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  • Employers open debate on flexicurity issue

    The Federation of Luxembourg Industrialists (Fédération des industriels luxembourgeois, FEDIL [1]) commissioned a study by a Danish expert from the Confederation of Danish Employers (Dansk Arbejdsgiverforening, DA [2]) to explore the possibility of introducing the Danish model of ‘flexicurity [3]’ (*DK0506103F* [4]) in Luxembourg. The study aimed to see what Luxembourg can learn from the Danish model of balancing employment flexibility and job security; FEDIL believes that flexibility [5] in the workplace has not been sufficiently developed in the country and that the principle of ‘jobs for life’ is still fixed in people’s minds. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Nursing aides dispute reveals inter-union rivalry

    In August 2007, the General Workers’ Union (GWU [1]) commenced partial industrial action for nursing aides in all hospitals and health centres, as the government continued to adopt a rigid approach regarding three pending issues: pay regarding nursing aides’ right to wage scale 13, the roster and a premium allowance for three categories. The strike action followed an industrial dispute over the system to record the hours worked by nursing aides in the first half of 2007 (*MT0706039I* [2]). [1] [2]
  • Economic and Social Council advocates more job security for workers

    The French Economic and Social Council (Conseil Économique et Social, CES [1]) adopted a recommendation towards making career paths more secure (La sécurisation des parcours professionnels (1Mb PDF) [2]) in June 2007. The recommendation is based on the observation that, given the increasing ‘imposed mobility’ and growing diversity of career paths, existing measures provide insufficient security for workers. The CES outlines the foundations for a ‘controlled path’: good quality work, with priority given to training for career transitions and occupational redeployment, the possibility of having a succession of periods of work, and a guaranteed income even during times of unemployment. [1] [2]
  • Social agreement guarantees jobs for Techspace Aero workers

    Pratt & Whitney [1], the American aircraft engine manufacturer, intends to set up its first European centre for the maintenance of military and civil motors and turbines on the Techspace Aero (TA [2]) site, located in the Liège region of southeast Belgium. For now, a Memorandum of Understanding have been signed by the two companies considering that the military motor maintenance unit of TA could be purchased, involving the transfer of the unit’s 122 employees, most of whom have over 25 years’ experience in the field. [1] [2]
  • Union merger in electricity sector strengthens confederation position

    The Trade Union Federation of Electricity Workers (Villamosenergia-ipari Dolgozók Szakszervezeti Szövetsége, VDSZSZ [1]) represents employees of power plants and electricity distribution companies. The trade union, which until 1990 was part of the Metalworkers’ Union (Vasas Szakszervezeti Szövetség, Vasasszakszervezet [2]), organised employees of the then state-owned Hungarian Electricity Trust (Magyar Villamos Művek Tröszt, MVMT), which provided electricity for the whole country. Following the liberalisation and partial privatisation of the electricity sector, VDSZSZ now represents employees at the 24 privatised power plants, as well as those working in regional distribution companies, central electricity provider stations and electricity companies still in state ownership. [1] [2]
  • Public sector unions anticipate conflict in wage bargaining round

    Since September 2007, a heated debate about expectations regarding the outcome of the forthcoming collective bargaining round in the public sector in early 2008 has resulted in open disagreement between the Danish trade unions. Moreover, in an unprecedented move, the political parties have involved themselves in the proceedings and there is now widespread belief among industrial relations organisations and labour market experts that a major conflict will ensue.
  • Criticism over new tax cuts to boost economic growth

    On 21 August 2007, the French parliament adopted a law promoting work, jobs and purchasing power (/Loi en faveur du travail, de l’emploi et du pouvoir d’achat/, TEPA).
  • Threat of job cuts in public administration averted

    In 2007, some 1.1 million posts were funded by state and local budgets, representing a 13.3% increase compared with 2005. If all of these positions had been filled, they would comprise about 30% of all employees in Romania. The number of posts financed by local budgets reached approximately 700,000 posts in 2007, which is 10% higher than in 2005; about 400,000 posts were funded by the state this year, which is 19% more than in 2005.
  • Professional demands of employees in knowledge-intensive occupations

    The Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung, BIBB [1]) and the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Bundesanstalt für Arbeitsschutz und Arbeitsmedizin, BAuA [2]) organise an employee survey on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF [3]). The survey is conducted by the research institute TNS Infratest Sozialforschung Munich, which carried out telephone interviews from October 2005 to March 2006; the survey covers 20,000 employees who answered on a voluntary basis. [1] [2] [3]
  • Motives behind early retirement and working beyond retirement

    In the Czech Republic, the statutory retirement age has been increased progressively up to 62 years. However, current political debate considers that raising the retirement age to 65 years is an inevitable step. Taking into account these changes, it is interesting to see how many people today are willing to stay at work at the age of 65 years and, conversely, what the main reasons are for leaving a job at pre-retirement age. In 2005, the Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs (Výzkumný ústav práce a sociálních věcí, RILSA [1]) and the market research company Markent [2] carried out an extensive quantitative survey entitled /Employment of older people/, encompassing 1,679 respondents, to try to capture the attitudes of the Czech population to working when they are older. [1] [2]