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  • Article
    6 Diciembre 2009

    The Finnish Quality of Work Life Surveys [1] have included questions about
    workplace bullying since the 1997 version of the survey. Psychological
    violence or workplace bullying is defined in the survey questions as
    ‘isolation of a member of the work community by voiding/nullifying the
    results of their work, using threatening behaviour, talking about them behind
    their back or exerting other types of pressure’. Respondents were first
    asked whether this type of behaviour exists at their workplace and, secondly,
    whether they are, or have previously been, subjected to this kind of
    behaviour.

    [1] http://www.stat.fi/tk/el/tyoolot_aineisto_en.html

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2009

    On 25 September 2009, the High Court in the UK ruled that provisions in the
    Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 [1] (*UK0603029I* [2]) enabling
    employers to force employees to retire at the age of 65 years were lawful.

    [1] http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2006/20061031.htm
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/anti-age-discrimination-regulations-published

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2009

    The Bulgarian trade union confederations organised a number of events
    throughout the country in support of the World Day for Decent Work [1]
    organised by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC [2]). Part of
    the events in Bulgaria was a national working meeting with the Minister of
    Labour and Social Policy, Totyo Mladenov, and the Executive Director of the
    General Labour Inspectorate Executive Agency (Изпълнителна
    Агенция-Главна инспекция по труда, GLI-EA [3]),
    Roumyana Michailova. Trade union representatives expressed serious concerns
    about the new realities posed by the economic crisis in the country. They
    placed particular emphasis on an increasing number of cases of wage arrears
    and non-payment of overtime by employers. Further, they highlighted the
    continuing and intensifying violations of labour law and social security
    legislation, in addition to the threat of positive results that have been
    achieved in actions against the informal economy being reversed (BG0307101F
    [4], BG0607069I [5], BG0711039I [6], BG0809039I [7]; see also Bulgarian case
    studies [8] on tackling undeclared work [9]).

    [1] http://www.wddw.org/-English-
    [2] http://www.ituc-csi.org/
    [3] http://www.gli.government.bg/bg/page/2
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/new-legislation-on-minimum-social-insurance-thresholds-and-registration-of-employment-contracts
    [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/negotiations-for-new-partnership-agreement-begin
    [6] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-and-government-launch-initiatives-to-combat-undeclared-work
    [7] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-to-clamp-down-on-breaches-of-employment-rights
    [8] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/search/node/areas OR labourmarket OR tackling OR udwbycountry3?oldIndex
    [9] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/undeclared-work

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2009

    On 23 July 2009, the French parliament (Assemblée nationale [1]) adopted a
    law on mobility and career paths in the civil service. The law aims to
    promote the mobility of civil servants, whose departments are being
    reorganised, and also to make staff management easier. It is thus part of the
    process of the general revision of public policies (/Révision générale des
    politiques publiques/, RGPP [2]) launched by the government in July 2007. The
    law aims to increase the performance of public services through a general
    process of reorganisation. It has already led to the restructuring of certain
    government ministries (such as the ministries of finance and labour, social
    relations, family affairs, solidarity and urban affairs) (*FR0904039I* [3])
    and public establishments (such as the meteorological office Météo France).
    At the same time, the government has confirmed the rule of not replacing half
    of all civil servants who retire by 2013.

    [1] http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/
    [2] http://www.rgpp.modernisation.gouv.fr/
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/major-reshuffle-of-decentralised-state-employment-services

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2009

    Established 80 years ago, the company LOT Polish airlines (Polskie Linie
    Lotnicze LOT, PLL LOT [1]) is owned by three stockholders: the State Treasury
    with a 67.97% share, a private owner the ‘Silesia’ Financial Society
    (Towarzystwo Finansowe ‘Silesia’ Sp.z o. o. [2]) with a 25.1% share, and
    the company’s employees who own 6.93% of the shares. Since 2003, PLL LOT
    has been a member of the Star Alliance [3] global airline network. Last year,
    the company had a net loss of nearly PLN 733 million (about €178.6 million
    as at 17 November 2009). The company also recorded a financial loss in the
    first quarter of 2009. However, in the second quarter of this year, the
    airline reported a modest profit.

    [1] http://www.lot.com/
    [2] http://www.tfsilesia.pl/
    [3] http://www.staralliance.com/en/

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2009

    The construction sector has experienced a dramatic increase in unemployment
    in 2009 compared with 2008. According to estimations of the Cyprus Building,
    Wood, Mine and General Workers’ Trade Union, affiliated to the Pancyprian
    Federation of Labour (Παγκύπρια Εργατική
    Ομοσπονδία, PEO [1]), and the Federation of Builders, Miners and
    Relevant Professions, affiliated to the Cyprus Workers’ Confederation
    (Συνομοσπονδία Εργαζομένων Κύπρου, SEK [2]),
    within a year – from September 2008 until September 2009 – unemployment
    has increased by more than five percentage points. The unemployment rate in
    construction currently stands at over 7%. In absolute numbers, according to
    data from the district labour offices, the number of registered unemployed
    persons in construction has risen significantly in just a month, from August
    to September 2009, from 2,546 to 2,913 workers.

    [1] http://www.peo.org.cy
    [2] http://www.sek.org.cy

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2009

    The law on reforming the regional healthcare system and hospital organisation
    in relation to patient care (Loi no. 2009-879 portant réforme de
    l’hôpital et relative aux patients, à la santé et aux territoires [1])
    took effect on 22 July 2009. The law is the result of a long process
    following the 2004 and 2007 hospital plans, and the remit of the consultation
    commission created on 16 October 2007. The hospital consultation commission
    was chaired by the former minister of labour, Gérard Larcher, who is
    currently President of the French Senate.

    [1] http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000020879475&dateTexte=&categorieLien=id

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2009

    The Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen [1]) forecasts that in
    2010 about 11% of the population will be unemployed in Sweden. More than half
    a million people or 9.8% of the population were registered as unemployed in
    June 2009, according to Statistics Sweden (Statistika Centralbyrån, SCB
    [2]).

    [1] http://www.ams.se/
    [2] http://www.scb.se/default____2154.aspx

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2009

    On 7 July 2009, the parliamentary Committee on constitutional laws,
    legislation and general administration of the French state (/Commission des
    lois consitutionnelles, de la législation et de l’administration
    générale de la République/) adopted the report on The remuneration of
    elected chairs of boards and traders (in French, 725Kb PDF) [1], which was
    presented by Philippe Houillon, a member of parliament belonging to the
    governing conservative Union for the People’s Movement (Union pour un
    mouvement populaire, UMP [2]). After much debate on chief executives’
    remuneration when they leave big corporations, and especially when there is
    restructuring, the parliamentary committee began a survey in December 2008.

    [1] http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/13/pdf/rap-info/i1798.pdf
    [2] http://www.u-m-p.org/

  • Article
    1 Diciembre 2009

    On 18 May 2009, all of the country’s employer organisations and trade
    unions adopted an additional clause to the national intersectoral agreement
    (/accord national interprofessionnel/, ANI) on modernising the labour market,
    which was signed on 18 January 2008 (*FR0802049I* [1]). The new Article 14 of
    the agreement provides for maintaining guarantees of complementary health and
    social protection schemes during periods of unemployment.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-sign-agreement-on-labour-market-reform