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  • Trade unions protest against changes in unemployment insurance provision

    Unemployment insurance premiums in Estonia are regulated by the Unemployment Insurance Act [1] and represent 2.8% of the wages for employees and 1.4% of the payroll for employers (*EE0908019I* [2]). The financial resources collected from employers and employees are used by the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (Eesti Töötukassa [3]) to pay different unemployment benefits. [1] [2] [3]
  • Cooperation Ombudsman starts work

    Lawyer Helena Lamponen has been appointed as Finland’s first Cooperation Ombudsman, starting work in September 2010. She is a member of the Central Union for Special Branches within Akava (Akavan Erityisalat [1]), affiliated to the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff (AKAVA [2]). The Cooperation Ombudsman, who is appointed for a five-year period, oversees compliance with legislation on workplace cooperation and other arrangements concerning industrial democracy. [1] [2]
  • Temporary agency work on the rise with economic recovery

    Before the onset of the economic crisis, temporary agency work [1] (TAW) had been booming in Austria with an all-time high of 80,000–90,000 temporary agency workers in 2008, accounting for about 2.4% of the dependently employed workforce. With the recovery in the economy, there was an increase in temporary agency workers from 54,000 to 80,000 between January and June 2010. [1]
  • Several large companies sign agreements on teleworking

    Unlike other European countries, France has been reluctant to develop the system of teleworking. According to a DARES report (in French, 204Kb PDF) [1] published in December 2004, only 2% of French workers practised this type of working arrangement in 2003 and only 5% worked away from their office making use of available technology. [1]
  • Government’s final proposal on modernising industrial relations

    In February 2006, in a joint memorandum entitled /Legal Enactment and Legislation of the Right of Workers to Join a Trade Union Organisation and Bargain Collectively/, the country’s main trade union organisations – the Democratic Labour Federation of Cyprus (DEOK [1]), Pancyprian Federation of Labour (PEO [2]) and Cyprus Workers’ Confederation (SEK [3]) – requested that the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance [4] initiate social dialogue on the modernisation of the system of industrial relations in Cyprus (*CY0602104F* [5]). The joint memorandum proposed new procedures to ensure the right to organise and to regulate trade union recognition/representativeness for collective bargaining purposes. The trade unions also proposed that collective agreements should become legally enforceable, thus obliging employers to comply with the relevant collective agreements. Although a request to speed up the procedures was also put forward later in July 2006 (*CY0607019I* [6]), it was only in May 2008 that the issue was referred for examination to a Tripartite Technical Committee (TTC) under the chairmanship of the Department of Labour Relations, when a first preliminary working document was submitted. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
  • New agreement in the hotel industry

    On 7 September 2010, following a difficult round of bargaining (both during the direct talks and at the subsequent mediation stage) that lasted for almost two years, trade unions and employer organisations representing hotel workers accepted the revised mediation proposal (*CY1006019I* [1]) put forward by the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance and signed a new collective agreement that covers over 16,000 skilled and unskilled workers. However, 4,000 of these workers are immigrants who in practice may not be covered by the agreement. [1]
  • Fewer and shorter contracts for agency workers

    A report (in Italian, 3.73Mb PDF) [1] on the activities of Forma.Temp [2] (the bipartite training fund for the temporary agency sector, IT0807019Q [3]) in 2009 was published jointly by Forma.Temp and Ebitemp [4] (the bipartite body for temporary work) in July 2010. The report summarises trends in the employment of temporary agency workers (TAWs) and the provision of training for TAWs in Italy. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Restructuring in Hungary - job losses and job gains

    Between January 2009 and September 2010, Eurofound’s European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) gathered information on over 22,000 restructuring related job cuts and nearly 9,000 job gains from reports in the Hungarian media.
  • Agency Workers Regulations to be introduced unamended

    The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 [1], implementing the EU agency workers directive, were drawn up by the previous Labour government in January 2010 and are due to come into force in October 2011. [1]
  • More employers opt for agency workers and fixed contracts

    The survey (in German) [1] conducted by the German Metalworkers’ Union (IG Metall [2]) focuses mainly on the metalworking and steel industry, although it does cover, to a much smaller degree, the textile and woodworking industries. The union wrote to 8,274 works councils asking how their company dealt with recruitment after the financial crisis. The union received 5,159 responses, of which 2,997 came from works councils in companies with fewer than 200 employees. [1] [2]