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  • Tripartite Social Summit discusses responses to economic crisis

    On 29 October 2009, the Tripartite Social Summit [1] met ahead of the autumn European Council of Ministers. These twice annual meetings provide an opportunity for an exchange of views between the social partners, the European Commission [2], heads of government and employment ministers. The agenda of the October meeting was split into two parts: the first part dealt with the recent economic and social situation in Europe, while the second part focused on the social partners’ Joint work programme 2009–2010 (407Kb PDF) [3]. The social partners were united in their concerns over the nature of economic recovery in Europe, although they emphasised different priorities that should be adopted in the short term. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/tripartite-social-summit [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/european-commission [3] http://www.etuc.org/IMG/pdf_FINAL_Joint_Social_Dialogue_Work_Programme_2009-2010.pdf
  • Crisis and uncertainty in automotive sector

    The autonomous communities of Catalonia and Aragon in northeastern Spain have to face restructuring [1] plans in the car manufacturing companies Nissan and Opel, but with highly significant differences. In Catalonia, for instance, the conflict at Nissan [2] affects regional industrial relations and has received considerable support from the Catalan government. However, the restructuring operations at Opel [3] in Aragon stretch beyond the limits of the Spanish state as it is part of General Motors’ (GM [4]) restructuring of its European subsidiaries Opel and Vauxhall. It has therefore led to the involvement of the company’s European Works Council [5] (EWC) – known as the European Employees’ Forum (EEF) – the governments of five countries and the European institutions, with an important role played by the European Commission in the fields of enterprise and competition (*EU0910029I* [6], *UK0911049I* [7]). [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/restructuring [2] http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/index.html [3] http://www.opel.com/ [4] http://www.gm.com/ [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/european-works-councils [6] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/general-motors-ditches-plan-to-sell-opel-and-vauxhall-to-magna [7] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/trade-union-welcomes-general-motors-decision-not-to-sell-opel
  • Trade unions challenge government privatisation plans

    When the ruling coalition of the Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska, PO [1]) and the Polish People’s Party (Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe, PSL [2]) took power in 2007, promises were made to conclude privatisation processes. However, the actions taken in the first year of the government’s term did not suggest that the promise would be kept, as the privatisation income turned out to be meagre. [1] http://www.platforma.org/ [2] http://www.psl.org.pl/
  • Healthcare workers protest against cuts in spending

    Due to the Estonian government’s plan to adopt the euro as the national currency from 1 January 2011, an aim has been set to fulfil the Maastricht criteria. Cuts in healthcare spending are among the measures proposed to improve the country’s budgetary position so that it can adhere to these criteria. The transition to the eurozone is expected to pull Estonia through the crisis and to restore its economic stability. Although the Estonian Health Insurance Fund (Eesti Haigekassa, EHIF [1]) has over EEK 1 billion (about €64 million as at 27 November 2009) in reserve and over EEK 1.3 billion (€83 million) in retained profits that would cover the missing finances for the period 2010–2013, the government insisted on cutting its expenditure to save an estimated EEK 0.5 billion (€32 million). However, doctors, nurses and hospital executives insisted on using reserves and retained profits, since the budget cuts from the beginning of 2009 have already reduced the salaries of doctors and nurses. It is feared that the latest cuts will diminish the availability and quality of healthcare, as hospitals are afraid that they will be forced to implement redundancies as well as pay cuts. [1] http://www.haigekassa.ee/eng/
  • Employers view apprenticeship pact positively despite crisis

    The pact on apprenticeships (/Ausbildungspakt/) – that is, the vocational training agreement between the federal government and several umbrella organisations of employer and business associations – was established in 2004. Extended in 2007, the pact will run until 2010 (*DE0802029I* [1]). Apart from the federal government and the Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit, BA [2]), the following employer and business associations are parties to the pact: the German Confederation of Employers’ Associations (Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände, BDA [3]), the Federation of German Industries (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie, BDI [4]), the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag, DIHK [5]), the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (Zentralverband des Deutschen Handwerks, ZDH [6]) and the German Association of Liberal Professions (Bundesverband der Freien Berufe, BFB [7]). The signatories to the pact agreed to create more apprenticeship positions and improve the career prospects of young people. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/pact-on-apprenticeships-exceeded-objectives-in-2007 [2] http://www.arbeitsagentur.de [3] http://www.bda-online.de/www/arbeitgeber.nsf/ID/home [4] http://www.bdi-online.de/index.htm [5] http://www.dihk.de [6] http://www.zdh.de/english.html [7] http://www.freie-berufe.de/
  • New agreement for Cyprus Airways pilots

    On 15 September 2009, Cyprus Airways [1] management and employees accepted the mediation proposal of the Industrial Relations Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance (Υπουργείου Εργασίας και Κοινωνικών Ασφαλίσεων, MLSI [2]) and reached agreement on the renewal of the collective agreement for Cyprus Airways pilots. [1] http://cyprusair.com/ [2] http://www.mlsi.gov.cy/mlsi/mlsi.nsf/dmlindex_en/dmlindex_en?OpenDocument
  • New collectively agreed minimum wage for industrial cleaners

    On 29 October 2009, following 10 days of strike action, the Trade Union for Building, Forestry, Agriculture and the Environment (Industriegewerkschaft Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt, IG BAU [1]) and the Association of the Federal Guild of Cleaning Building Service Contractors (Bundesinnungsverband des Gebäudereiniger-Handwerks, BIV [2]) agreed on a new collective agreement on pay and new minimum wage provisions for the industrial cleaning sector. [1] http://www.igbau.de/db/v2/frameset.pl [2] http://www.gebaeudereiniger.de/
  • Healthcare union advises caution when recruiting nurses from abroad

    Despite the ongoing economic recession, there is one sector of activity in Finland in which workers do not need to fear losing their jobs, namely in public healthcare. According to the Personnel Manager of the Helsinki University Central Hospital (HUCH), Kirsi Sillanpää [1], ‘the labour shortage has been serious for several years, but now it has become even more acute’. [1] http://www.hs.fi/haku/?haku=Kirsi Sillanpää
  • INE/GSEE presents economic and employment outlook for 2009

    The Institute of Labour (Ινστιτούτο Εργασίας, INE [1]) of the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE [2]) published its 2009 Economic and Employment Outlook report (in Greek) [3] in September 2009. Like the institute’s 11 previous annual economic and employment outlooks, the 2009 report makes an important contribution to the public debate on labour market developments and industrial relations in Greece, as well as on the evolution of basic macroeconomic indicators such as labour productivity, wages, labour costs and investment. [1] http://www.inegsee.gr/English-Page.htm [2] http://www.gsee.gr/ [3] http://www.inegsee.gr/ekthesi2009/ekthesi2009.htm
  • ArcelorMittal and EMF sign European framework agreement

    On 2 November 2009, the European management of the world’s largest steel company ArcelorMittal [1] and the European Metalworkers’ Federation (EMF [2]) signed a European framework agreement on managing and anticipating change at the company. The agreement will apply to the 115,000 workers [3] employed by ArcelorMittal in Europe. [1] http://www.arcelormittal.com/index.php?lang=en&page=0 [2] http://www.emf-fem.org/ [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/worker

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