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  • Article
    22 Diciembre 2009

    In September 2009, the Board of Directors of the Private Insurance
    Supervisory Committee (PISC [1]) unanimously decided to suspend the operating
    licence of the Aspis Pronia Group [2] – in particular, of the Aspis Pronoia
    General Insurance Company and the Aspis Pronoia Life Insurance Company.

    [1] http://www.pisc.gr/
    [2] http://www.aspis.gr/website

  • Article
    22 Diciembre 2009

    The Turkish construction company Mapa Cengiz, which is involved in the
    construction of the ‘Lyulin’ motorway close to Bulgaria’s capital city
    Sofia and the town of Pernik in western Bulgaria, has worked for about a year
    and a half without observing the country’s labour legislation. The motorway
    construction started at the end of 2007, with 75% of the project being
    financed through the European Union Instrument for Structural Policies for
    Pre-Accession (ISPA [1]) and 25% through the Bulgarian state.

    [1] http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/funds/ispa/ispa_en.htm

  • Article
    22 Diciembre 2009

    According to the Law on Defence in Slovenia, workers in the field of defence
    have the right to trade union organisation and activity in accordance with
    the regulations. This is not the case in all countries. The Freedom of
    Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948, No. 87
    [1] of the International Labour Organization (ILO [2]) states that the extent
    to which the guarantees provided for in this Convention shall apply to the
    armed forces and the police shall be determined by national laws or
    regulations. The armed forces and the police are the only classes that may be
    excluded under Convention No. 87 from the right to establish trade unions.

    [1] http://www.ilo.org/ilolex/cgi-lex/convde.pl?C087
    [2] http://www.ilo.org

  • Article
    22 Diciembre 2009

    In November 2009, the Institute of Economic and Social Research (Wirtschafts-
    und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut, WSI [1]) within the Hans Böckler
    Foundation (Hans Böckler Stiftung, HBS [2]) published new findings (in
    German) [3] from a special WSI Works Council Survey on the effects of the
    economic crisis. The survey involved 2,324 works councils and was conducted
    between July and September 2009. Its results are representative for companies
    with 20 or more employees and a works council. The survey asked works
    councils whether the company was affected by the crisis and which measures
    had been taken to maintain employment and avoid forced dismissals.

    [1] http://www.wsi.de/
    [2] http://www.boeckler.de/
    [3] http://www.boeckler.de/320_100087.html

  • Article
    22 Diciembre 2009

    The Industry Agreement (/Industriavtalet/) was concluded between the social
    partners in the industry sector a decade ago, creating a method for wage
    formation in the manufacturing industry which has also become the norm for
    other sectors of the economy.

  • Article
    22 Diciembre 2009

    On 1 October 2009, a National Seminar on Restructuring in Slovakia was held
    in the country’s capital city of Bratislava. The seminar was organised by
    the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization
    (ITCILO [1]) as a part of a series of national seminars on restructuring [2]
    organised in all EU Member States, at the request of the European Commission
    [3]. Almost 40 representatives of employers, government bodies, trade unions
    and research institutes participated in the seminar. The seminar discussion
    was based on a national background paper compiled by Ludovit Cziria from the
    Institute for Labour and Family Research (Inštitút pre výskum práce a
    rodiny, IVPR [4]) and Juraj Borgula from the Association of Mechanical
    Engineering (Zväz strojárskeho priemyslu Slovenskej republiky, ZSP SR [5]).

    [1] http://www.itcilo.org/en
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/restructuring
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/european-commission
    [4] http://www.sspr.gov.sk/
    [5] http://www.zspsr.sk/

  • Article
    22 Diciembre 2009

    On 20 August 2009, Decree No. 106, published in the Official Gazette
    (/Gazzetta Ufficiale/) on 3 August 2009, came into force. It modifies and
    integrates Decree No. 81 of 2008, which was known as the Code for the Health
    and Safety of Workers (Consolidated Act on health and safety at the
    workplace) (*IT0804039I* [1]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/new-act-aims-to-improve-workers-health-and-safety

  • Article
    22 Diciembre 2009

    In Latvia, the production of footwear at a manufacturing level was introduced
    in the second part of the 19th century. In 1912, footwear manufacturing
    companies employed 6,800 people, and the largest companies were located in
    the capital city Riga on the Baltic coast. In 1939, there were 84 footwear
    factories employing 1,400 people. Statistics show that in 1938, 2,140 pairs
    of footwear were manufactured, 79% of which were made from rubber.

  • Article
    22 Diciembre 2009

    After the new collective agreement in the technology industry that opened the
    2009 bargaining round, wage negotiations have been at a standstill. In fact,
    many sectors are now at a stage where no agreement is in force. Thus, there
    seems to be little commitment to harmony in the labour market. In mid
    November 2009, the Finnish Airline Pilots’ Association (Suomen
    Liikennelentäjäliitto, SLL [1]) rejected a national conciliator’s
    settlement proposal to avert industrial action, and a strike of 800 pilots
    grounded the flights of the national airline carrier, Finnair.

    [1] https://www.sllpilots.fi/public/english.jsp

  • Article
    22 Diciembre 2009

    At a meeting of the National Council for Tripartite Cooperation (NCTC), the
    government recently presented its draft for the 2010 budget, which
    encompassed zero deficits in order to avoid a prolonged recession and
    currency pressure. Revenue sources were, once again, made dependent on
    indirect tax proceeds – including through increases in excise duties on
    tobacco and on electricity used in industry. Direct taxes – that is, on
    workers’ incomes and businesses – are to remain unchanged. With regard to
    budgetary spending, the government has earmarked five priority areas: namely,
    social measures, healthcare, education, the environment and transport
    infrastructure.