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  • Tele Fonika returns to Ożarów

    In 2002, Tele Fonika closed its cable plant in Ożarów, Poland, with the loss of 900 jobs. resulting in high-profile protests from the workforce. In 2004, however, the company is making a new investment in Ożarów, and hiring some of workers dismissed previously.
  • Amendments proposed to Labour Code

    The Labour Code of the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublikos Darbo Kodeksas, DK [1]) was finally adopted on 4 June 2002, following a decade of drafting and debate, and came into effect from 1 January 2003. Before the Labour Code came into force, employment relations were governed by numerous laws (such as the Laws on the Employment Contract, Wages, Holidays, and Collective Agreements and Contracts) and secondary legislation. The Code's implementation materially changed the legal governance of employment relations. It particularly emphasises the facilitation and development of social dialogue: a number of issues that had been strictly governed by legislation (or rather the state) were transferred to the field regulated by collective bargaining, thus encouraging the social partners to enter into collective agreements, not only at company level, but also at sectoral, regional or national levels. Among the most significant innovations was that the Code not only enshrines for the first time a concept of social partnership, along with its basic principles, parties, levels, forms and system, but also explicitly defines the right of employees to information and consultation as well as, for example, reforming employee representation and the termination of employment relationships. [1]
  • Multinational wins employee representation case

    GE Healthcare is a County Cork-based subsidiary of a US-owned multinational. A case seeking trade union representation and improvements in pay and conditions was recently brought by the Services Industrial Professional & Technical Trade Union (SIPTU) on behalf of almost 100 employees at GE Healthcare, under the terms of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2001, as amended by the Industrial Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 [1] (IE0409204F [2]) [1] [2]
  • Agreement on dispute prevention signed at SNCF

    In October 2004, six of the eight trade unions represented at French National Railways (SNCF) signed an agreement designed to prevent industrial disputes at the state-run company. The agreement came at a time when the free market-oriented wing of the ruling conservative coalition was preparing to table legislation requiring minimum service during public transport strikes.
  • Incomes policy negotiations interrupted by strikes

    On 9 November 2004, the Finnish Transport Workers' Union (Auto- ja Kuljetusalan Työntekijäliitto, AKT) began a strike at Connex and Concordia, two multinational bus companies operating in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The strike was a protest against increases in 'atypical' employment in these companies, in particular against the hiring of part-time workers. AKT argued that the sectoral collective agreement had been violated and wanted to negotiate on the matter with the Road Transport Employers’ Federation of (Autoliikenteen Työnantajaliitto, ALT). The latter, however, did not agree to talks, insisting that agreements had been honoured and that new conditions would not be negotiated in the middle of the current agreement's term, which does not end until 2006.
  • Commission highlights discrimination against Roma, gypsies and travellers

    On 22 November 2004, the European Commission issued a report entitled The situation of Roma in an enlarged European Union [1]. It examines the conditions faced by Roma, gypsies and travellers in a variety of fields, including education, employment, housing and healthcare and presents a series of recommendations to the EU institutions, Member States and non-governmental organisations on how to strengthen their policies and actions regarding people belonging to these minorities. [1]
  • Responses to Commission Green Paper on non-discrimination

    An online consultation exercise on a European Commission Green Paper entitled Equality and non-discrimination in an enlarged European Union [1] was launched in June 2004 (EU0407203N [2]) The Commission reported [3] in November that it had received more than 1,500 contributions, with over two-thirds coming from individuals and the remainder coming from organisations or institutions. A vast majority of respondents (88%) said that the EU should step up its efforts to combat discrimination following enlargement. [1] [2] [3]
  • Continuing controversy over services Directive 

    The European Commission’s proposal for a Directive on the provision of services in the internal market [1] is continuing to cause controversy. The Commission issued this proposal in January 2004 with the aim of facilitating the free movement of services and making it easier for service providers to establish themselves in different EU Member States. To this end, it proposes removing national barriers to the free movement of services in the EU. [1]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=52004PC0002R(02)&model=guichett
  • Round table held on social inclusion

    A round-table conference [1] entitled 'Social inclusion in an enlarged EU: new challenges, new opportunities' was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on 18-19 October 2004. It was jointly organised by the current Dutch Presidency of the Council of the European Union and the European Commission and examined progress on achieving the goal set by the EU's Lisbon strategy [2] (EU0004241F [3]) of reducing poverty and social exclusion by 2010. This is the third such conference to have taken place and the first to be held after enlargement of the EU to 25 Member States in May 2004. [1],385_7798#3738900 [2] [3]
  • Philips cuts employment at three Barcelona factories

    In November 2004, Spanish trade unions criticised the policy of workforce reduction and relocation conducted by the Dutch multinational Philips at its plants in Barcelona. The unions have called for the intervention of the regional government in order to avoid the closure of three plants, asked the city council not to change the permitted use of the sites and demanded employment guarantees.