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  • Report recommends fostering competitiveness for economic growth

    The Institute of Labour’s (INE) 2006 Economic and Employment Outlook report – like the seven previous annual economic and employment outlooks – makes an important contribution to the public debate on labour market developments and industrial relations in Greece, as well as to the evolution of basic macroeconomic indicators such as labour productivity, wages, labour costs and investment. Researched over the course of the entire year, the report is compiled in the framework of the INE’s overall research and study activities. The results of the report were presented in early September 2006, coinciding with the opening address of Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis at the Helexpo International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki. The findings give advance notice of the general direction of government policy in relation to the economy and employment for the coming period; they also provide a frame of reference for the new national budget.
  • New agreement at Hellenic Sugar Industry after EU market reform

    The Hellenic Sugar Industry S.A. (Ελληνική Βιομηχανία Ζάχαρης A.E., EBZ [1]) is the sole producer of sugar in Greece, and is also the country’s most important processor in the food industry. The company’s main activity is sugar manufacture and trading, as well as trading in sugar by-products. To this end, the company cooperates with around 20,000 sugar beet producers. It processes beet in its five manufacturing plants from mid-August until late November as part of an intensive production period that lasts around 100 days and involves the use of shift work over a 24-hour period. [1]
  • Trade unions reaffirm commitment to social justice

    The Flemish regional section [1] of the socialist Belgian General Confederation of Labour (Fédération générale du travail de Belgique/Algemeen Belgisch Vakverbond, FGTB/ABVV [2]) was the first section to organise its four-yearly congress. A ‘smart’ and ‘sustainable’ economy, equal opportunities [3], and quality of work [4] were the key themes of the congress, presented as an integrated reply to the ongoing complaints from employers about the high labour costs in Belgium (*BE0602301N* [5]). The congress urged the employers to pay more attention to environmental and work organisation issues when developing their business innovation strategies. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Increased cooperation within trade unions and employer organisations

    Greater cooperation among trade unions and among employer organisations has recently been observed in the Czech Republic. One example of this trend is the agreement between the Trade Union of Transport (Odborový svaz dopravy, OSD [1]) and the Aviation Workers Trade Union (Odborový svaz zamestnancu letectví). OSD was founded in 1990 and represents employees of companies operating bus, freight, international haulage, air and water transport. The Aviation Workers Trade Union represents 13 trade unions acting on behalf of ground staff in Czech Airlines (Ceské aerolinie a.s.). [1]
  • Unions criticise government decision to defer new Labour Code

    The new Labour Code – the fundamental, universally binding labour legislation in the Czech Republic – was enacted by the Czech parliament on 21 April 2006; according to the previous government’s proposal, it will come into force on 1 January 2007. The new code, which replaced a frequently amended act from 1965, was pushed through by left-wing parliamentary parties despite its rejection by the Czech President, Václav Klaus, and was supported by a substantial majority of trade unions (*CZ0605029I* [1], *CZ0511101F* [2]). [1] [2]
  • Government before European Court for nun-implementation of information and consultation directive

    Directive 2002/14/EC [1] of 11 March 2002 compels the EU Member States to introduce minimal employee information and consultation [2] rights. The countries were given three years to implement the provisions into their national labour law. Member States had the choice of implementing the information and consultation rules either in all companies with at least 50 employees or in all establishments with at least 20 workers. [1] [2]
  • High incidence of part-time work among women

    According to the most recent figures provided by Statistics Austria (Statistik Austria [1]) for the second half of 2004, only six out of 10 female employees in Austria were employed on a full-time basis. The microcensus labour force survey carried out in 2005 by Statistics Austria reveals that, in 2004, some 689,900 employees – representing 21.1% of the country’s employees – were part-time workers working a maximum of 35 hours a week. Statistics indicate that 39.9% of female employees work part time, compared with only 5% of male employees. [1]
  • Employers scrap collective agreement for textiles industry

    According to business news from IUS SOFTWARE [1], on 29 September 2006 two sectoral employer organisations annulled the collective agreement for the textiles, clothing and leather processing industry. The two groups involved were the Textiles, Clothing and Leather Processing Association (Združenje za tekstilno, oblacilno in usnjarsko predelovalno industrijo, ZTOUPI [2]), a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia (Gospodarska zbornica Slovenije, GZS [3]) (*SI0606019I* [4]), and the Section for the Textile and Leather Industry (Sekcija za tekstil in usnje, STU [5]), part of the Slovenian Employers’ Association (Zdruzenje delodajalcev Slovenije, ZDS [6]) (*SI0211102F* [7]). The agreement will remain in force until the end of 2006, while the provisions of its normative part continue until 30 June 2007. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
  • Trade unions call for proposed employment bill to be rejected

    On the basis of an in-depth analysis of the economic, financial and social situation of the country, in May 2006, the government announced a series of initiatives to prepare the country for the expected challenges that Luxembourg is set to face in the coming years. The government’s analysis and decision had already been accepted by the social partners in principle; the discussions had led to the unanimous signing of a memorandum within the Tripartite Coordinating Committee (Comité de coordination tripartite) on 28 April 2006 agreeing to the government’s overall objectives (*LU0606019I* [1]). [1]
  • CBI survey highlights adverse impact of recent employment legislation

    In September 2006, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI [1]) published the results of its ninth annual employment trends survey, conducted in conjunction with the Pertemps recruitment agency. The survey, carried out in May 2006, records the responses of over 500 employers across all sectors of the economy, 12% of which were public sector employers. The survey covered a range of labour market issues, including employers’ views on the operation and impact of key legislative measures. Its main findings are summarised below. [1]