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  • ZSSS demands award of 13th-month payment and Christmas bonus

    At a press conference on 9 November 2004, the Union of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia (Zveza svobodnih sindikatov Slovenije, ZSSS) (SI0210102F [1]) called on employers to pay workers a '13th month' wage payment in November and December and, where laid down by a collective or other agreement, also to pay a Christmas bonus. According to ZSSS, these payments provide incentives and motivate workers to strive to achieve good economic results for the employer. ZSSS, which makes a similar call every year, reminded the employers of the basis for these payments: [1]
  • KPN announces further redundancies

    In November 2004, the Dutch telecommunications group, KPN , announced 700 compulsory redundancies in its fixed-line telephone services division, adding to 1,550 job losses made earlier in the year in the wake of restructuring. Concerns have been raised by the works council and trade unions.
  • Tripartite 'autumn agreement' covers broad social reform agenda

    The Dutch government and the social partners concluded a new 'social agreement' on 5 November 2004, against a background of wide-scale trade union protests. The 'autumn agreement' contains an almost complete socio-economic agenda for the years ahead, covering topical issues such as early retirement and 'life-span leave' arrangements, occupational disability insurance and unemployment insurance. Controversy surrounding wage moderation has also been clarified by the agreement. Commentators see the agreement as reflecting an explicit choice on the part of the government to cooperate with the social partners, following a year of very cool relations.
  • Pay demands by medical staff spread

    In September 2004, doctors working as anaesthetists called for higher pay and shorter working hours (in accordance with the law) (LV0410101N [1]), and stated that from November they would unilaterally cut their working time and workload to levels they regard as being accordance with their pay and the law. Doctors in many other specialisms have joined the campaign. In response to the anaesthetists’ demands, the government promised to find additional funds in the 2004 state budget and to speed up the completion of current healthcare reforms. This will involve 'optimising' the network of healthcare bodies, meaning that several hospitals will be closed. The government also mentioned increased payments for treatment by patients as a possible source of improved funding. [1]
  • Museum staff seek higher pay

    A meeting was held in Riga on 19 October 2004, involving leading officials of the Trade Union Federation for People Engaged in Cultural Activities (Latvijas kultūras darbinieku arodbiedrību federācija, LKDAF) and its member trade unions representing museum workers, to discuss the issue of increasing the pay of museum specialists. A letter was drawn up and sent to: the Minister of Culture, Helēna Demakova; the chairs of all parliamentary parties; Jānis Strazdiņs, chair of the parliamentary education, culture and science committee; Gundars Bērziņs, chair of the parliamentary budget and finance committee; and Jevgenija Stalidzāne, chair of the parliamentary social and employment issues committee.
  • Police officers seek entitlement to benefits

    The State Civil Service Law distinguishes between 'general' and 'specialised' state civil service officials (LV0409104F [1]). Specialised state civil service officials are defined as people performing the functions of officials in: the Diplomatic and Consular Service; the State Revenue Service (Valsts Ieņēmumu dienests, VID); the State Police (Valsts Policija); the Security Police (Drošības policija); the Ministry of Interior Information Technologies and Communications Centre (Iekšlietu ministrijas Informācijas un sakaru departaments); the State Border Guard (Valsts Robežsardze); the State Firefighting and Rescue Service (Valsts ugunsdzēsības un glābšanas dienests, VUGD); the Prison Administration (Ieslodzījumu vietu pārvalde, IeVP); and the State Forensic Expertise Bureau (Valsts tiesu ekspertīžu birojs). [1]
  • Controversy over Perrier redundancy plan

    In 2003, the Perrier mineral-water company (part of the Nestlé group) announced 350 job losses in France through early retirement (the fourth round of redundancies in recent years) and signed an agreement on the issue with two minority trade unions. The majority union at the company, CGT, decided to invoke a new right to challenge collective agreements signed by unions without majority support, introduced by legislation in 2004, hoping to have the early-retirement agreement cancelled. However, external and internal pressures resulted in CGT withdrawing its challenge in September 2004. As a result, the redundancy plan can go ahead but the future of Perrier remains uncertain.
  • Preventive health measures in France

    The prevention of occupational illness such as cancer has been identified as a national priority for the next five years by the CNAMTS (Caisse Nationale d’Assurance Maladie des Travailleurs Salariés - National Health Insurance Fund for Salaried Workers).
  • Employers and unions disagree over scope for increases in national minimum wage

    In evidence submitted to the Low Pay Commission (LPC) during November 2004, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) said that the adult hourly rate of the national minimum wage (NMW) should rise from its current level of GBP 4.85 (UK0409108F [1]) to GBP 5.35 in October 2005, and to GBP 6.00 the following year. TUC leaders described the proposed increase as 'fair and affordable'. [1]
  • Dispute over pay of Latvian construction workers

    On 2 November 2004, the Swedish Building Workers’ Union (Svenska Byggnadsarbetareförbundet) started conducting a boycott [1] of the Latvian building company L&P Baltic, which is in charge of building some school premises in Waxholm, near Stockholm. The Latvian company has refused to observe a national collective agreement and pay Swedish wages to its workers, who are Latvians recruited in their home country. The conflict is due to be widened from 3 December 2004, as the Swedish Electricians’ Union (Svensk Elektrikerförbundet) has given notice of a boycott of all electric installation work at the construction side. This kind of sympathy action is a legal conflict action according to the Swedish industrial action rules (SE0302102F [2]). [1] [2]