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  • Government curbs redundancy terms for banks

    Controversy arose earlier this year when Ireland’s two largest banks, Allied Irish Bank (AIB [1]) and Bank of Ireland (BOI [2]) announced voluntary redundancy programmes due to the impact of the recession. [1] [2]
  • New party surprise winner of election

    A parliamentary election for the 90 deputies to the National Assembly [1] of Slovenia was held on 4 December 2011. This was the first snap election in Slovenia's history. [1]
  • Pre-budget discussion among social partners

    It has become established practice in Malta that before the annual budget is presented, a meeting is held between the Minister of Finance and the social partners, during which each organisation makes proposals about the measures it would like to see included in the budget.
  • First strikes in 25 years mark start of pay round

    Collective bargaining in the metalworking sector got off to a bad start when the demands of both sides were made public. This action was highly unusual, as demands are normally kept secret and exchanged only at the first meeting of the negotiations. However, in the weeks before the meeting the employers’ side had stated that they would offer a wage increase roughly compensating for the inflation rate. After the first, unsuccessful bargaining round, union representatives held a press conference announcing their aim of securing a 5.5% pay rise. This was seen by some experts as being highly ambitious.
  • CFTC fights to maintain its representativeness

    The reform of representativeness rules in France (*FR0806039I* [1]) means that, from 2013 onwards, trade unions will need to obtain 10% of the votes in workforce elections at company level, and 8% of votes in each sector and on a national, interprofessional level (*FR0808039I* [2]) in order to retain their representativeness and therefore their right to negotiate and sign collective agreements. However, the French Christian Workers’ Confederation (CFTC [3]) might not reach these thresholds. The theme of the 51st congress was therefore a call to fight for the group’s survival, while rejecting any prospect of merger with another trade union. The CFTC now faces a crisis equal to the one it experienced in 1964, when 70% of CFTC delegates voted to leave. They formed the French Democratic Confederation of Labour (CFDT [4]), while the remaining ‘die-hard minority’ decided to maintain a CFTC that was true to the social doctrine of the Catholic Church. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Bulgaria: Trend of improved working conditions

    The results of this survey clearly show that working conditions in many sectors, and in the Bulgarian economy as a whole, have improved. Despite some areas of continuing concern, there has been a positive change in the attitude of both management and employees. Action taken to improve working conditions has, in some cases, exceeded the minimum legislative requirements. This trend developed in the years of sustained economic growth before 2008, and should be sustained during the present economic downturn.
  • Retirement reform will make 25,000 unemployed

    Denmark’s early retirement scheme, known as /Efterløn/, offers the possibility of retirement from the age of 60, instead of at the standard retirement age of 65, as set out in the national residence-based ordinary pension scheme (Folkepension).
  • Regional governments plan to cut education spending

    In 2011, the Spanish government agreed in its Fiscal and Financial Policy Council to set new goals to try to reduce the average public deficit of all the autonomous communities (regions) from 3.9% to 1.3%. The ultimate goal is to fix the deficit of all the public administrations at 6% of GDP by the end of 2011.
  • Working time and health risks for young people

    The working hours of children (up to 14 years of age) and adolescents (15–18 years) in Germany have been regulated since 1960 under the Young Persons (Protection of Employment) Act [1] (/Jugendarbeitsschutzgesetz/, JArbSchG). Employer organisations have frequently criticised the act for its rigidity, whereas trade unions say the act has been continually liberalised. [1]
  • Flexible working more popular than ever

    In June 2011, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI [1]) and recruitment specialists Harvey Nash [2] published findings from their 14th annual survey on employment trends [3]. The survey, which was conducted during March and April 2011, captured the responses of 335 senior executives representing UK organisations employing a total of almost 3.5 million people. The survey covers organisations of different size (Table 1) and from a range of sectors (Figure 1). [1] [2] [3]