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  • Cgil organises general strike

    On 18 October 2002, Cgil, one of Italy's three main trade union confederations, organised a one-day general strike against the government's economic policy and other recent developments. Estimates on the proportion of workers taking part in the strike varied from 30% to 58%..
  • Restructuring continues in banking

    In late 2002, the Italian banking sector is facing further restructuring and job losses. Economic forecasters estimate that there will be 6,000-7,000 redundancies over 2003-4, while trade unions are concerned that 15,000-20,000 jobs could go.
  • Firefighters' strike called off

    During the week between the end of the first 48-hour strike held in its current pay dispute by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) on 13-15 November (UK0210104F [1] and UK0211107F [2]) and the eight-day stoppage due to begin on 22 November, intensive negotiations took place between the FBU and the local authority fire service employers. Talks continued into the early hours of 22 November and culminated in a draft agreement. This linked pay increases equating to 16% on the total paybill by November 2003 to the completion of negotiations over the modernisation of the fire service. The FBU indicated that it was prepared to call off the eight-day stoppage on the basis of the proposed deal. However, the government was not prepared to endorse the terms of the draft agreement and the strike duly began at 09.00 as planned. FBU general secretary Andy Gilchrist said that government intervention had 'wrecked' the chance of avoiding the strike. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said that it would have been irresponsible to sanction a deal that the government had not had the opportunity to evaluate properly. [1] [2]
  • Unions protest against new government's social policy

    Following elections in September 2002, a new government was appointed in Slovakia in October. It is a coalition of three parties which had been in the previous government - the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (Slovenská Demokratická a Krestanská Únia, SDKÚ), the Hungarian Coalition Party (Magyar Koalíció Pártja/Strana Madarskej Koalície, MKP/SMK) and the Christian-Democratic Movement (Krestansko Demokratické Hnutie, KDH) - plus the New Civic Alliance (Aliancia Nového Obcana, ANO). The principal difference is that two parties in the former government - the Democratic Left Party (Strana Demokratickej Lavice, SDL) and the Party of Civil Understanding (Strana Obcianskeho Porozumenia, SOP), both located more to the left of the political continuum - are not members of the new coalition, pushing the government towards the right. The new administration characterises itself as centre-right. Less than a month later, trade unions started to prepare protest activities against the new government's policies. On 10 November, Ivan Saktor, the president of the Confederation of Trade Unions of the Slovak Republic (Konfederácia odborových zväzov Slovenskej republiky, KOZ SR), announced that a first protest action - a demonstration in front of the Office of the Government - would be organised on 13 November.
  • 'Bullying' of shop stewards has negative impact

    On 1-2 November 2002, the northern region of the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU), Ireland's largest trade union, held its regional congress. While issues such as union representation, wage bargaining, racism and redundancy were among the main topics discussed, perhaps the most interesting comment came from a branch member who claimed the union is losing top shop steward [1] s due to 'bullying' by some members. Seamus Murphy from the union’s Donegal branch told the conference that, while he believes that the role of the union shop steward has not fundamentally changed, the union’s membership has. He voiced concern that the union was losing the 'cream of the crop' of its shop stewards, a development which he partly attributed to shop stewards suffering abuse at the hands of members. [1]
  • Council seeks 'back to basics' approach in new national agreement

    Talks on a new national agreement to replace Ireland's current three-year partnership agreement, the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness [1] (IE0003149F [2]) are set to start in late 2002 (IE0210202N [3]). In this context, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC [4]) has added its voice to growing calls for a return to the type of behaviour and actions that underpinned the success of the Irish economy in recent years. According to the NCC, the 'bedrock' of that success has been 'sustainable, moderate wage growth, low inflation, productivity gains, social partnership and a competitive business environment'. These observations come in two NCC reports, theAnnual competitiveness report [5] and the Competitiveness challenge [6] 2002, both of which were published in November 2002. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
  • Public servants to strike

    The Greek Confederation of Public Servants (ADEDY) has called strike action in December 2002 to express its opposition to the government's incomes policy and the low increases in pay for public servants included in the 2003 budget. ADEDY is calling for an increase in the minimum wage for public servants, claiming that their pay is among the lowest in the EU.
  • New collective agreement signed for civil servants

    On 13 November 2002, a sectoral collective agreement for the civil service was signed for 2003, the first to be concluded in accordance with Article 145 of the recent Act on the Civil Service (No. 312/2001 in the Collection of Laws, as amended) (SK0206102F [1]). The conclusion of this agreement follows eight months after a new collective agreement was signed for the public service (SK0209101N [2]) and the Act on the Civil Service came into force. The draft of the civil service agreement was discussed at several stages and twice at government meetings. The deal was signed less than a month after a new government took office. [1] [2]
  • Government increases contributions to Guaranteed Employee Benefits Fund

    In late 2002, the Polish government decided to increase employers' contributions to the Guaranteed Employee Benefits Fund, which is used to cover the wage arrears due to the employees of bankrupt businesses. The most recent control performed by the Social Insurance Institution found that the Fund is not properly managed and is almost empty.
  • Travailleurs économiquement dépendants, droit du travail et relations industrielles

    The comparative study was compiled on the basis of individual national reports submitted by EIRO's national centres. The text of each of these national reports is available below in Word format. The reports have not been edited or approved by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. The national reports were drawn up in response to a questionnaire [1] and should be read in conjunction with it. [1]