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  • Article
    22 Gruodis 2009

    The State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family
    (Ministerstvo práce, sociálnych vecí a rodiny Slovenskej republiky, MPSVR
    SR [1]), Emília Kršíková, and the Vice-President of the Confederation of
    Trade Unions (Konfederácia odborových zväzov Slovenskej republiky, KOZ SR
    [2]), Ján Gašperan, issued a press release on 5 October 2009. After four
    months of negotiations, the social partners had concluded a multi-employer
    Collective Agreement for Civil Servants and a multi-employer Collective
    Agreement for Public Servants for 2010. The participants in the collective
    bargaining [3] round included representatives of the government and regional
    self-governments, led by the main negotiator Ms Kršíková, and
    representatives of KOZ SR, the Independent Christian Trade Unions of Slovakia
    (Nezávislé kresťanské odbory Slovenska, NKOS [4]) and the General Free
    Trade Union Association (Všeobecný slobodný odborový zväz, VSOZ), led by
    the main negotiator Mr Gašperan.

    [1] http://www.employment.gov.sk/
    [2] http://www.kozsr.sk/
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/collective-bargaining
    [4] http://www.nkos.sk/

  • Article
    22 Gruodis 2009

    At the end of October 2009, the Spanish National Statistical Institute
    (Instituto Nacional de Estadística, INE [1]) presented the results of the
    Spanish Labour Force Survey (/Encuesta de Población Activa/, EPA)
    corresponding to the third quarter of 2009. The results are somewhat
    significant as, for the first time in two years, they show a decrease in the
    number of unemployed people. Unemployment has declined by 14,100 persons in
    comparison to the previous quarter, with the number of unemployed people now
    standing at 4,123,300 persons.

    [1] http://www.ine.es

  • Article
    22 Gruodis 2009

    Under Royal Decree 4/2008 of 19 September (in Spanish, 40Kb PDF) [1], the
    Non-EU Foreign Workers’ Voluntary Return Programme allows for the early
    lump-sum payment of unemployment contributory benefits to non-EU foreign
    workers who are voluntarily returning to their home country. The benefits are
    granted in two payments: 40% of the total amount is paid in Spain, and the
    remaining 60% is granted to the individual when they return to their home
    country after a period of 30 days. The programme, which was approved a year
    ago, is voluntary and, according to the government, aims to alleviate the
    situation of one of the groups most negatively affected by the economic
    crisis. In addition, individuals receiving the benefit may be offered the
    possibility of returning home together with their family, through a
    travel-finance assistance programme.

    [1] http://extranjeros.mtin.es/es/NormativaJurisprudencia/Nacional/RegimenExtranjeria/RegimenGeneral/documentos/reglamento_prestacion_desempleo_retorno.pdf

  • Article
    22 Gruodis 2009

    On 20 and 21 October 2009, the Executive Committee of the European Trade
    Union Confederation (ETUC [1]) adopted a ‘Resolution on climate change’.
    The resolution was developed in the context of a major document debated at a
    meeting earlier that month and in the run-up to the Copenhagen climate
    conference due to take place in December. The document – entitled Climate
    change, new industrial policies and ways out of the crisis [2] – provides a
    detailed account of the trade union position on climate change policies. It
    affirms that the trade unions at EU level support policies aimed at cutting
    carbon emissions and at developing greener jobs. However, it also argues that
    these objectives can only be achieved in the context of social partner
    involvement, with ‘the information/consultation/negotiation procedures and
    processes at both company and sector level in need[ing] to be as rich as
    possible’, while recognising the need to enable workers to adapt to new
    jobs.

    [1] http://www.etuc.org/
    [2] http://www.etuc.org/a/6594

  • Article
    22 Gruodis 2009

    The current debate about reforming the Swedish labour market model should be
    considered within the context of recent debates and developments, such as the
    Laval case [1] (*SE0905029I* [2], SE0706029I [3], SE0801019I [4], SE0804029I
    [5], SE0811029I [6], SE0901029I [7]) and the breakdown in negotiations
    between the peak national social partner organisations to reach a new central
    agreement earlier this year (SE0903029I [8], *SE0908029I* [9]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/laval-case
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-have-differing-views-on-laval-inquiry
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/debate-over-implications-of-laval-case-for-labour-market-relations
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/european-court-ruling-on-the-laval-case-will-restrict-right-to-industrial-action
    [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-to-amend-labour-law-in-light-of-european-court-ruling-on-laval-case
    [6] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/swedish-labour-market-model-under-threat
    [7] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/swedish-laval-inquiry-proposals-may-prove-difficult-to-implement
    [8] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/deadlock-in-negotiations-on-new-central-agreement
    [9] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-debate-wage-bargaining-model

  • Article
    22 Gruodis 2009

    In the spring of 2009, the government appointed a tripartite working group to
    examine the issue of extending working life. Both trade unions and employers
    groups are represented. Before the induction of the working group, the trade
    union side rejected the government’s proposal to raise the retirement age
    from 63 to 65 years (*FI0903019I* [1]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/widespread-opposition-to-government-plan-to-raise-retirement-age

  • Article
    22 Gruodis 2009

    After several months of negotiations, the government of the Republic of
    Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublikos Vyriausybė, LRV [1]) and the social partners
    – the national peak trade union and employer organisations – finally
    signed a national agreement providing for measures to combat the recession on
    28 October 2009.

    [1] http://www.lrv.lt

  • Article
    22 Gruodis 2009

    Under a bill (in French) [1] transposing the European directive opening up
    the postal market to competition by 1 January 2011 (Directive 2002/39/EC
    [2]), the French postal operator La Poste [3] is to become a limited
    liability company (/Société anonyme/, SA) on 1 January 2010. This is to
    enable La Poste, currently a public establishment, to make the necessary
    preparations for a liberalised postal services market. Such a change in its
    legal status would make it possible to increase its capital by €2.7
    billion, which includes €1.5 billion from the Deposit and Securities Fund
    (/Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations/, CDC [4]). The French postal operator
    has major debts, amounting to €6 billion, which is twice the amount of its
    own funds. Moreover, mail distributed by La Poste has diminished
    significantly – more specifically, by 6.3% during the first six months of
    2009 – especially because of the drop in direct marketing by mail order
    companies. It is estimated that the volume of mail will fall by another 30%
    between now and 2015 due to competition from the internet.

    [1] http://www.gouvernement.fr/gouvernement/projet-de-loi-sur-l-avenir-de-la-poste
    [2] http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32002L0039:EN:NOT
    [3] http://www.laposte.com/
    [4] http://www.caissedesdepots.fr/

  • Article
    22 Gruodis 2009

    The recent report from the National Institute of Economic Research
    (Konjunkturinstitutet, KI [1]) entitled ‘/Wage formation in Sweden 2009/’
    focuses on next year’s wage bargaining and the relations between wages and
    economic development. KI highlights the importance of a responsible wage
    formation in order to ease the effects of reduced employment levels and to
    avoid deepening the economic crisis. In 2010, about 500 out of 600 collective
    agreements will be renegotiated, covering 90% of the country’s total
    workforce. The majority of the national agreements have to be renegotiated
    before the end of March 2010. The bargaining round will be a huge challenge
    for the social partners in light of the ongoing recession and large tensions
    between the parties (*SE0910019I* [2]).

    [1] http://www.konj.se/2.2f48d2f18732142c7fff2.html
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/heated-debate-among-social-partners-on-reform-of-labour-market-model