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  • Article
    22 Diciembre 2009

    In terms of Act No. 663/2007 on the minimum wage in force since February
    2008, discussion about the minimum wage for 2009 started with the
    negotiations among the social partners at the peak national level. The
    economic crisis affected the negotiations and thus they ended without any
    agreement being reached between the social partners. The Slovakian
    Confederation of Trade Unions (Konfederácia odborových zväzov Slovenskej
    republiky, KOZ SR [1]) requested a 9% increase in the minimum wage, which was
    close to the increase agreed in 2008 (*SK0811019I* [2]).

    [1] http://www.kozsr.sk/
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-amends-law-to-allow-for-higher-minimum-wage

  • Article
    22 Diciembre 2009

    The National Institute of Statistics conducted an ad hoc module on health
    and safety at the workplace as part of the Household Labour Force Survey in
    the second quarter of 2007. Among the main topics covered were accidents at
    the workplace and factors that may impair physical and mental health at work.
    The survey highlights significant differences according to sector, employment
    status, age, gender and location, revealing a distinct rural–urban divide.

  • Article
    21 Diciembre 2009

    The research project ‘Reconciliation of work and family life in Slovenia:
    Role of the public employment service’ was carried out by a group of
    researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of
    Ljubljana [1] in 2008. The project sought to examine the framework for
    reconciling work and family life in Slovenia and to present empirical data
    about reconciliation and the challenges faced in achieving work-life balance
    [2] in Slovene companies. Both aims were regarded as relevant for
    considerations about the Employment Service of Slovenia (Zavod Republike
    Slovenije za zaposlovanje, ZRSZ [3]) playing a more active role in the
    implementation of and support for reconciling work and family life policies
    and measures.

    [1] http://www.uni-lj.si/en/
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/worklife-balance-0
    [3] http://www.ess.gov.si/index.asp

  • Article
    21 Diciembre 2009

    On 30 September 2009, Ireland’s Economic and Social Research Institute
    (ESRI [1]) published a new study entitled Estimating the impact of
    immigration on wages in Ireland (420Kb PDF) [2]. During the period of
    Ireland’s remarkable economic boom, one of the notable features of the
    economic transformation was a rapid increase in inward migration. Another
    important dimension was the decision by the Irish government to allow full
    access to the Irish labour market when the EU expanded to 25 Member States on
    1 May 2004. The ESRI paper examines whether the influx of migrants tends to
    increase or reduce the average wages of native workers, noting that the issue
    of immigration impacts is an enormously controversial issue.

    [1] http://www.esri.ie/
    [2] http://www.esri.ie/UserFiles/publications/20090930094315/WP318.pdf

  • Article
    21 Diciembre 2009

    In 2009, the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC [1]), Malta’s public
    employment service organisation, commissioned a transnational study on
    work–life reconciliation measures. The research was co-funded by the
    European Commission [2], with the countries Cyprus, Iceland, Slovenia and
    Sweden also acting as partners in the project.

    [1] http://www.etc.gov.mt/
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/european-commission

  • Article
    16 Diciembre 2009

    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

  • Article
    16 Diciembre 2009

    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

  • Article
    16 Diciembre 2009

    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

  • Article
    16 Diciembre 2009

    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/

  • Article
    16 Diciembre 2009

    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/