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  • Article
    7 Diciembre 2008

    The Estonian national statistics agency Statistics Estonia (Statistikaamet,
    SA [1]) has published in 2008, as part of its information sheet series, an
    analysis entitled ‘Women and men in employment’ (Naised ja mehed
    palgatööjõus (in Estonian, 283Kb PDF) [2]). The analysis is based on data
    from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), which has been conducted on a regular
    basis since 1995. The target population of the survey are the working-age
    residents of Estonia – those aged 15–74 years. The survey results are
    representative of the whole population.

    [1] http://www.stat.ee/?lang=en
    [2] http://www.stat.ee/dokumendid/29560

  • Article
    2 Diciembre 2008

    On 14 Ocober 2008, the All-Poland Trade Union of Radiotherapy Technicians
    (Ogólnopolski Związek Zawodowy Techników Medycznych Radioterapii, OZZTMR
    [1]) together with the All-Poland Trade Union of Electroradiology Technicians
    (Ogólnopolski Związek Zawodowy Techników Medycznych Elektrokardiologii,
    OZZTME [2]) held a demonstration in front of the lower chamber of the Polish
    parliament (/Sejm/). The demonstration was held in protest against the draft
    bill on special privileges for healthcare centre employees, which would
    extend the working hours of radiology technicians from five to
    seven-and-a-half hours a day. Radiology technicians are also demanding pay
    rises, criticising the present remuneration structure of healthcare service
    employees as inadequate. They are requesting at least a twofold increase in
    their salaries. However, it should be added that the protesting medical
    technicians have no plans to stop work.

    [1] http://ozztmr.pl/news.php
    [2] http://www.ozztme.pl/

  • Article
    2 Diciembre 2008

    On 24 and 25 September 2008, most courts around Poland were affected by
    protests held by judges, which were carried out under the slogan ‘A day
    without case lists’. During the two-day protest, judges presided only over
    a limited number of hearings, namely those that could not possibly be
    rescheduled for another date. The protest was organised by the Polish Judges
    Association Iustitia (Stowarzyszenie Sędziów Polskich Iustitia, Iustitia
    [1]). Iustitia’s leaders stated that, although their organisation
    represents only 2,300 of the 10,000 judges in Poland, almost 70% of judges
    joined in the protest. The decision of whether to participate in the protest
    was left to each individual judge. According to Iustitia’s estimates, only
    31.77% of the normal number of court sessions were held on the protest dates.

    [1] http://www.iustitia.pl/content/view/49/57/

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2008

    At the end of October 2008, the European Parliament finally approved the
    proposal for a directive on temporary agency work [1]. This directive is
    important because it improves the working conditions [2] of temporary workers
    in all EU Member States. As a result, these workers will be granted the same
    rights as permanent employees in several areas – such as wages, leave,
    training or access to childcare [3] facilities (*EU0807049I* [4]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/temporary-agency-work
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/working-conditions
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/childcare
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/political-agreement-reached-on-working-time-and-temporary-work-directives

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2008

    On 28–30 October, workers of the Fiat Group [1] took part in a ballot on
    the bargaining platform for the renewal of the group’s complementary
    agreement for the period 2009–2012. The trade unions involved include the
    Italian Federation of White and Blue-collar Metalworkers (Federazione
    Impiegati Operai Metallurgici, Fiom-Cgil [2]), the Italian Metalworkers’
    Federation (Federazione Italiana Metalmeccanici, Fim-Cisl [3]) and the
    Italian Metalworkers’ Union (Unione Italiana Lavoratori Metalmeccanici,
    Uilm-Uil [4]). The unions have been preparing for these negotiations at a
    time when the automobile industry is undergoing a difficult period, in light
    of the current global economic downturn.

    [1] http://www.fiatgroup.com/
    [2] http://www.fiom.cgil.it/
    [3] http://www.fim.cisl.it/
    [4] http://www.uil.it/uilm/

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2008

    The energy supplier Eandis [1] and the supermarket chain Carrefour [2] both
    have a strong trade union presence and long tradition of company bargaining.
    This has allowed the trade unions in both companies to bargain for additional
    company wage settlements alongside the sectoral minimum wage agreements.
    Although both companies are known for their favourable working conditions,
    the representative trade unions have been confronted with managerial
    initiatives seeking to circumvent these conditions.

    [1] http://www.eandis.be/
    [2] http://www.carrefour.com/

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2008

    Firefighters and police officers are demanding an increase in their current
    earnings by 4% and pay rises for civilian employees. Moreover, firefighters
    demand to be ranked in a higher category of risk – and thus to receive the
    corresponding additional payment – than police officers and other members
    of the security forces.

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2008

    On 7 September 2008, one of the country’s biggest national trade union
    federations, the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions
    (Českomoravská konfederace odborových svazů, ČMKOS [1]), announced that
    trade unions would be expecting a wage increase of at least 8% in the private
    sector in 2009. The statement was made by the Deputy Chair of ČMKOS,
    Jaroslav Zavadil, in a discussion on Czech television.

    [1] http://www.cmkos.cz/

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2008

    On 3 September 2008, the employer association for the metal and electrical
    industry in Baden-Württemberg (Verband der Metall- und Elektorindustrie
    Baden-Württemberg, Südwestmetall [1]) and the German Metalworkers’ Union
    (Industriegewerkschaft Metall, IG Metall [2]) agreed on a new collective
    agreement on partial retirement. The agreement covers about 800,000 employees
    in the /Land/ (region) of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany. It will
    come into effect on 1 January 2010 and cannot be cancelled for the first time
    before 31 January 2016.

    [1] http://www.suedwestmetall.de/swm/webswm.nsf/id/DE_Home
    [2] http://www.igmetall.de/cps/rde/xchg/internet