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At a press conference on 9 November 2004, the Union of Free Trade Unions of
Slovenia (Zveza svobodnih sindikatov Slovenije, ZSSS) (SI0210102F ) 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:
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.
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.
In September 2004, doctors working as anaesthetists called for higher pay and
shorter working hours (in accordance with the law) (LV0410101N ), 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.
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.
The State Civil Service Law distinguishes between 'general' and 'specialised'
state civil service officials (LV0409104F ). 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
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
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).
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 ) 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'.
On 2 November 2004, the Swedish Building Workers’ Union (Svenska
Byggnadsarbetareförbundet) started conducting a boycott  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