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  • Trade unions call for vote on EU reform treaty

    The annual conference of the Trades Union Congress (TUC [1]), held on 10–13 September 2007, adopted a resolution calling for a UK referendum on the EU Draft Reform Treaty [2]. Union leaders also urged the UK government to drop the ‘opt-out [3]’ it has secured from legal enforceability of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, which is to be granted under the reform treaty (*UK0707049I* [4]). The ‘solidarity’ chapter of the charter guarantees a range of rights for trade unions and employees. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Government launches support scheme for redundant railway employees

    On 19 November 2003, the Hungarian government made several decisions concerning the future of Hungarian State Railways (Magyar Államvasutak, MÁV [1]), one of these being a major reduction in MÁV’s workforce. The company’s board decided that, by the end of 2006, the number of employees should be reduced from about 53,000 people to no more than 42,000. Through the mass redundancy, the government expected to save at least HUF 22 billion (€88 million, as at 6 November 2007). The redundancy of around 11,000 employees, representing 20% of the workforce, was the largest lay-off in the history of MÁV. [1]
  • Flexicurity to feature on new social partnership agenda

    Since October 2007, the social partners in Ireland have been grappling with the concept of flexicurity [1] – a hybrid term that is used to describe policies and measures that combine labour market flexibility [2], on the one hand, and employment protection [3] or social security [4], on the other. The issue looks sure to feature in any new social partnership talks in 2008. It seems likely that trade unions and employers will seek negotiated ‘trade-offs’ around issues like vocational training and lifelong learning [5]. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Working conditions among Polish workers found to be substandard

    Since the EU enlargement in May 2004, a significant number of workers from the new EU Member States have entered the Norwegian labour market, the largest group of which are Polish workers (NO0606039I [1]). Trade unions and the media report that pay and working conditions among employees from the new EU Member States are significantly lower than is normal in Norwegian working life (NO0405105F [2], NO0506101N [3], NO0612029I [4], NO0609039I [5]). However, up to now little statistical information has been available about the working conditions of these newcomers. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Tackling the high level of undeclared work

    An ‘Assessment of unregistered employment’ is one of 13 projects initiated by the Latvian Ministry of Welfare (Labklājības Ministrija, LM [1]) in the framework of the National Programme on Labour Market Studies, supported by the European Social Fund [2]. The research project was conducted by the University of Latvia (Latvijas Universitāte, LU [3]) in cooperation with the consultancies InMind Ltd (now known as GfK Custom Research Baltic [4]) and Latvijas Fakti Ltd. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Fourth European Working Conditions Survey

    EU policymakers recognise that improving working conditions is crucial to achieving a better quality of work, greater productivity and increased employment – the Lisbon objectives. In this context, the Foundation’s European Working Conditions Surveys, conducted every five years, have been providing a valuable insight into key aspects of work since 1990. This report analyses the findings of the fourth survey, carried out in autumn 2005 across 31 countries, including the 27 EU Member States. Based on workers’ responses, it paints a broad and varied picture of the physical, intellectual and psychological dimensions of work and its impact on personal fulfilment and work-life balance.
  • Social partners make breakthrough on flexicurity guidelines

    With globalisation and demographic changes threatening to undermine the European Union’s competitiveness, there is general support for more flexible labour practices. For this reason, the issue of flexicurity [1] – one of the most debated terms in recent years – has dominated discussions between the European social partners. Central to these discussions is the future of, what is widely referred to as, the European social model [2]. [1] [2]
  • Legal amendments bring about better maternity cover

    Several amendments to the legal framework on protection of maternity came into effect on 25 July 2007 when they were published in the /Official Gazette of the Republic/. The new Laws 109(I)/2007, 110(I)/2007 and 111(I)/2007 amended, respectively, the Protection of Maternity Law 100(I)/1997, the Social Insurance Law 41/1980 and the Parental Leave and Leave on Grounds of Force Majeure Law 69(I)/2002.
  • Minimal increase in national minimum wage

    In July 2007, the French government decided to limit the increase in the legal minimum wage for 2007, raising it to no higher than the minimum legal requirement of 2.06%. In addition, Prime Minister Fillon announced that he wanted to reform the process for deciding on increases in the national minimum wage (/salaire minimum interprofessionnel de croissance/, SMIC).
  • Socially responsible practices in SMEs

    The tripartite National International Labour Organization Council of Hungary (Nemzeti ILO Tanács, NILO [1]) commissioned research on the understanding and practice of corporate social responsibility [2] (CSR) among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Hungary. In the course of the study /Corporate social responsibility at SMEs/, carried out by a team of researchers from the Business Economics Institute at the Corvinus University of Budapest [3], semi-structured interviews were conducted with owner-managers of 20 socially responsible enterprises. [1] [2] [3]