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On 29 April 2013, a group of 80 Norwegian workers began a strike in a dispute
with their employer, the IT company Atea . The workers were all members of
the Electricians’ and IT Workers’ Union (EL&IT ), a trade union
affiliated to the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO ).
Bulgaria's state-owned postal company, Bulgarian Posts Plc (BG Posts ),
provides universal and non-universal postal services and delivers some social
functions including payment of unemployment benefits, social assistance and
pensions. It is the largest state-owned company in Bulgaria, employing about
12,000 workers. Of these, 34% are part-time workers earning a monthly wage of
BGN 517 (€260), and postmen who earn on average BGN 340 (€170). Both
rates of pay are much lower than the national average of BGN 790 (€395).
This report is the first output of Eurofound’s research project on the impacts of the recent financial and economic crisis on access to publicly financed healthcare services in the EU. It aims to provide an overview of context and developments, setting the scene for the ongoing research project. Following a description of the policy context, this report goes on to explore how the crisis has impacted demand for and supply of healthcare services. It characterises different dimensions of access and discusses how the crisis may have impacted on barriers to access. It highlights groups that have traditionally been in vulnerable situations with regard to access, as well as those that may have been particularly affected by the crisis.
The re-examination of evaluation and pay systems in the public sector is part
of a major reform of the civil service that has been in progress since 2009.
There has been more intense focus on this issue since 2011, as a result of
closer European economic governance. The Memorandum of Understanding on
Specific Economic Policy Conditionality (230KB PDF) , which was finalised
on 25 March 2013, stipulates that the authorities will commission an
independent external review as part of the reform of public services, with a
view to introducing an appropriate system of pay and working conditions.
There will also be a new performance-based appraisal system to assess career
development and eligibility for promotion and to link performance with pay
The Italian government has introduced a law by decree (in Italian, 450KB PDF)
 that aims to address the issues set out in the European Commission 
Council Recommendation on Italy's 2013 national reform programme and
delivering a Council opinion on Italy’s stability programme for 2012–2017
(COM (2013) 362 final, 67.0KB PDF ).
On 1 October 2013, Romania's National Trade Union Confederation (CNS Cartel
Alfa ) announced on its website that daily protests would be staged by
workers across the country for an indefinite period. This decision was made
in response to the government’s failure to engage in true social dialogue
and fulfil commitments made during its election campaign. In its website
statement, CNS Cartel Alfa criticises the Romanian government for not keeping
promises its members made while they were in opposition:
/In Norway, new rules to protect hired labourers have been introduced. Both
trade unions and the Labour Inspection Authority have been given greater
powers to ensure that the hiring of labour complies with the law. Employer
organisations are highly critical of the changes made to the legal framework,
particularly the right of petition for trade unions. A Conservative Party
spokesman has said that the changes will be reversed when the Conservative
coalition takes office.
The chemical company Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea was, until 2012, the flag
bearer of the Romanian chemical and petrochemical industry. It had a
reputation as a national brand and had a workforce of 3,200, some based at
the primary site in Râmnicu Vâlcea and the rest 60 kilometres away at the
petrochemical site at the former Arpechim refinery in Piteşti.