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    19 December 2014
    The European Commission promotes mobility of workers across Member States as a means of tackling labour market imbalances . Despite this support, intra-EU migration levels, though rising after the crisis, remain low. Greater backing at national level could help boost cross-border flows.
  • 17 December 2014
    Tough new anti-wage and social dumping laws have been introduced by the Ministry for Employment, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (BMASK). Legislation was first introduced in 2011 in anticipation of the end of the transitional restriction for workers from the new Member States to access the Austrian labour market. The most important part of the new legislation specifies that underpayment of workers is no longer considered a matter of civil law. Employers who pay their employees less than required by collective agreements now violate administrative law.
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  • 17 December 2014
    Fashion retailer Inditex says it is helping protect the rights of workers by renewing a Global Framework Agreement. The agreement protects not only people working directly for the company, but also an estimated one million garment workers in around 6,000 supplier factories around the world. The agreement covering the management of the value chain was signed with the trade union federation IndustriALL in July 2014 at the headquarters of the International Labour Organization in Geneva. It sets out ways for monitoring and supervising the value chain, and establishing best practice in areas such as trade union rights, and health and safety.
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  • 17 December 2014
    The European Court of Justice has ruled that Austrian Airlines was acting unlawfully when it imposed the collective agreement of a subsidiary on all its 2,300 flight personnel. This is a major blow for the former national airline carrier which was sold to German carrier Lufthansa in 2008 and has struggled ever since to become profitable. As part of cost-cutting measures, management presented a new collective agreement with less favourable employment and working conditions in 2012. After the trade union and works council representatives rejected the proposal, the company urged the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber (WKÖ) to cancel the two existing agreements in May of the same of year – one for its ‘old’ personnel and the other for employees of its former subsidiary Lauda Air.
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  • 17 December 2014
    Social partners appear to be going into the latest round of tripartite discussions with increased optimism. Juan Rosell, President of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organisations (CEOE), said improvements in the economic situation in the country meant any Agreement for Employment and Social Dialogue should include the prospect of salary increases.
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  • 17 December 2014
    A new Law on Representation (OG 93/14) has defined the representativeness criteria for the conclusion of collective agreements in Croatia. If only one union represents an organisation’s employees, then that union must be recognised as the representative union for collective bargaining. This is regardless of the number of union members and the share of employees in union membership. If more than one trade union represents the employees at an organisation, then all these unions must agree which union or unions are the representative ones. The new law stipulates that a collective agreement is valid only if it is signed by the representative trade union, or unions that represent at least 50% of the members of the representative trade union.
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  • 17 December 2014
    German metalworkers are calling for new guidelines to protect their working conditions in the digital age. In August 2014, the German Metalworkers’ Union (IG Metall) demanded the drawing up of a ‘digital agenda’. It wants a ‘technological assessment of the anticipated shift in employees’ working conditions due to digitalisation and ‘Industry 4.0’ or ‘smart manufacturing’ – the strategy of the German government promoting the computerisation of the manufacturing industry. The union wants the introduction of guidelines for fair digital work to be implemented in works agreements and collective agreements. Alternatively, it wants legislation to protect employees’ interests and to safeguard minimum working standards.
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  • 17 December 2014
    Public bodies cannot force their subcontractors to pay the minimum wage to workers, a court has ruled. On 18 September 2014, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) took a decision (C-549/13) against the public procurement legislation of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) which, under the act on binding collective bargaining regulation in public procurement, stipulates that at least a minimum wage (currently €8.62per hour) must be paid by any tenderer and his subcontractors. The court was ruling in the case of the city of Dortmund (NRW) which awarded a contract to the Federal Printing Establishment (Bundesdruckerei). The work was subcontracted to a Polish business operating in Poland.
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  • 17 December 2014
    Almost two-thirds of UK workers feel under pressure to work extra unpaid hours according to a survey by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). The survey, which covered 1,000 ILM members, also revealed workers typically work one day of unpaid overtime per week (PDF 27 KB). It found overtime was firmly embedded in UK working culture with 65% reporting feeling under pressure to work extra hours. Figures showed 53% felt that they had to work extra hours in order to complete their workloads.  Only 13% of respondents thought that they had a good work–life balance.
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  • 17 December 2014
    New rules need to be introduced to encourage the creation of works councils, says the Trades Union Congress (TUC). On 17 July 2014, the TUC published a paper called Democracy in the Workplace: Strengthening Information and Consultation. In it the organisation called for a change to the ‘trigger mechanism’ rule requiring 10% of employees to request information and consultation (PDF 287 KB). The paper argues that this will strengthen the Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations. It says the trigger mechanism should be replaced, and information and consultation procedures must be available in law if a minimum of five employees request them, or if they are requested by a trade union.
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