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  • Article
    9 desember 2008

    The sphere of paid work is not just a place where working people spend a
    considerable part of their lives; it is also a place for building social
    relationships. The way in which working people view the workplace in terms of
    privacy and as an arena for building close social relationships was the
    subject of a representative survey entitled The context of changes in the
    labour market and forms of private, family and partner life in Czech society
    [1].

    [1] http://www.soc.cas.cz/projects/en/15/57/The-Context-of-Changes-in-the-Labour-Market-and-Forms-of-Private-Family-and-Partner-Life-in-Czech-Society.html

  • NC
    9 desember 2008

    The aim of this representativeness study is to identify the respective national and supranational actors (i.e. trade unions and employer organisations) in the field of industrial relations in the railway sector in Latvia. In order to determine their relative importance in the sector’s industrial relations, this study will, in particular, focus on their representational quality as well as on their role in collective bargaining.

  • Article
    7 desember 2008

    On 22 October 2008, representatives of the federal and state governments met
    in Dresden, in the eastern federal state of Saxony, to discuss future
    education policy in Germany. The ‘Education summit’ was opened by the
    German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, who called for more investment in
    education. Essential goals were set out in a joint declaration (in German,
    190Kb PDF) [1]. It was agreed that spending on education was to be raised to
    10% of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2015. Furthermore, Chancellor Merkel
    stressed that the drop-out rates for school pupils and vocational trainees
    must be halved by 2015 – from 8% to 4% for school pupils and from 17% to
    8.5% for vocational trainees. The needs of migrants, in particular, were
    addressed by the joint declaration at the education summit. However, any
    future measures must consider the significant differences that still exist
    between the integration of migrants and Germans into the labour market. These
    differences were analysed in a recent study by the Institute for Employment
    Research (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung, IAB [2]).

    [1] http://www.bundesregierung.de/Content/DE/__Anlagen/2008/10/2008-10-22-bildungsgipfel,property=publicationFile.pdf
    [2] http://www.iab.de/de

  • Article
    7 desember 2008

    Numerous companies of the glass manufacturing group Bohemia Crystalex Trading
    [1] have been in insolvency proceedings since 22 September 2008. This
    includes the two glassworks companies Sklo Bohemia [2] in Světlá nad
    Sázavou in the Vysočina Region of the Czech Republic located on the
    frontier between Bohemia and Moravia, and Sklárny Bohemia [3] in Poděbrady
    in central Bohemia. Until the insolvency proceedings were initiated, the
    group did not owe any salaries to employees. It only began to experience
    problems when the banks froze its accounts (for more information on the Czech
    glass industry crisis, see *CZ0810039I* [4]). Thus, about 1,750 workers at
    the company’s plants in Poděbrady and Světlá nad Sázavou did not
    receive their salaries for September 2008.

    [1] http://www.bct.cz/
    [2] http://www.sklobohemia.cz/index_en.html
    [3] http://www.sklarny-bohemia.cz/
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/glass-industry-crisis-continues

  • Article
    7 desember 2008

    The international financial crisis hit Belgium from September 2008 onwards.
    Two of the country’s largest banks – Fortis [1] and Dexia [2] – began
    to experience severe problems, which have been exacerbated by the financial
    problems of other banks around the world. The value of their stocks, as well
    as the stocks of most other Belgian companies, plunged. The government tried
    to control the situation by taking part ownership in the banks and
    guaranteeing their deposits. In early October, Fortis was split into two
    parts: the Dutch part was nationalised, while the Belgian division was sold
    to the French bank BNP Paribas [3].

    [1] https://www.bnpparibasfortis.be
    [2] http://www.dexia.be/
    [3] http://www.bnpparibas.com/en/home/

  • Article
    7 desember 2008

    Against the backdrop of the global financial crisis and a domestic budgetary
    shortfall, considerable attention has been focused on the level of top
    salaries. This applies, in particular, to executives in the main Irish banks,
    which are underpinned by taxpayer guarantees, and in respect of senior civil
    servants and politicians, who are aware of the public spending constraints on
    the government. Meanwhile, in mid November 2008, unionised workers formally
    agreed to a 6% pay rise over 21 months as part of the latest national pay
    agreement – known as the ‘transitional agreement’ (*IE0810019I* [1])
    – under the framework of the Towards 2016 (2.86Mb PDF) [2] national social
    partnership framework.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-agree-national-deal-on-pay-and-industrial-relations
    [2] http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/attached_files/Pdf files/Towards2016PartnershipAgreement.pdf

  • Article
    7 desember 2008

    An EU PHARE [1] project, launched in June 2002, sought to address one of the
    biggest shortcomings of the Hungarian industrial relations system: the lack
    of proper social dialogue [2] at sectoral level. The project aimed to
    establish bipartite sectoral social dialogue committees (Ágazati Párbeszéd
    Bizottságok) in 18 industries in Hungary. These committees seek to provide
    appropriate forums for consultation on sectoral policies, to facilitate
    collective bargaining [3] and to enable the Hungarian social partners to play
    an active role in EU-level sectoral social dialogue (*HU0212106F* [4]).

    [1] http://europa.eu/scadplus/leg/en/lvb/e50004.htm
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/social-dialogue
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/collective-bargaining
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/project-seeks-to-strengthen-autonomous-social-dialogue-at-sector-level

  • Article
    7 desember 2008

    The Spanish air transport sector has experienced strong growth in recent
    years, leading to an increase in the number of operators and greater
    competition. Over the last year, however, the continuing increase in fuel
    prices and decrease in business due to the global economic crisis have
    threatened the continuity of many companies in the sector.

  • Article
    7 desember 2008

    On 18 September 2008, the Danish government sent an invitation to the social
    partners to participate in the creation of a commission to ‘identify,
    analyse and discuss several issues regarding wages, recruitment and
    management conditions in the public sector’.

  • Article
    7 desember 2008

    The Estonian national statistics agency Statistics Estonia (Statistikaamet,
    SA [1]) has published in 2008, as part of its information sheet series, an
    analysis entitled ‘Women and men in employment’ (Naised ja mehed
    palgatööjõus (in Estonian, 283Kb PDF) [2]). The analysis is based on data
    from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), which has been conducted on a regular
    basis since 1995. The target population of the survey are the working-age
    residents of Estonia – those aged 15–74 years. The survey results are
    representative of the whole population.

    [1] http://www.stat.ee/?lang=en
    [2] http://www.stat.ee/dokumendid/29560