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  • Use of technology and working conditions in the European Union

    Nowadays, technology plays a central role in workplaces, enabling the speedy production of goods and services and facilitating communication and innovation processes. This report examines the different categories of technology used in workplaces in order to gauge their influence on working conditions and health outcomes. The analysis is based on findings from the Fourth Working Conditions Survey carried out across 31 countries, including the 27 EU Member States. The findings reveal that it is not so much the technology itself but rather the associated working conditions that put workers’ health and safety at risk.
  • Working time in the EU and other global economies – Industrial relations in the EU and other global economies 2006–2007

    Globalisation is having a profound impact on economies and industrial relations systems all around the world. In the context of global competition, it is increasingly relevant to look at Europe’s economic development in a wider perspective. This report explores the main industrial relations developments in the European Union, Japan and the US in the period 2006-2007. It charts the similarities and trends in industrial relations as well as the differences in basic structures and developments between these three major economies. At the same time, it allows for a degree of benchmarking of the EU against its main trading competitors. The second part of the review presents an overview of working time regulation and management in the EU, Japan and the US. It reviews the most recent trends in working time, including standard weekly working hours, overtime and long working hours, flexible work schedules, shift work and weekend work. It also looks at provisions for maternity and parental leave. While the report mainly covers the EU Member States, Japan and the US, it also includes references to emerging economies such as Brazil and China.
  • Draft agreement reached for Wind telecom workers

    On 6 November 2008, a deal was reached on the renewal of the company-level collective agreement for the Wind [1] telecommunications company – the third largest company operating in Italy’s fixed and mobile telephony sector. The company has about 7,500 employees and is owned by Weather Investments (see also the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) factsheet [2]). [1] [2]
  • Employers offer solutions on managing economic downturn

    At the end of October 2008, the Estonian central employer organisation, the Estonian Employers’ Confederation (Eesti Tööandjate Keskliit, ETTK [1]), compiled and issued a list of proposals to the government on how to manage the implications of the economic downturn. ETTK surveyed its member organisations and collected opinions on the bottlenecks of the current economy and on measures for improving the situation. Its proposals to the government are based on the findings of this initiative. [1]
  • Restructuring dispute at Finnair continues

    Over the past few years, Finland’s national airline Finnair [1] has already shed 700 jobs (*FI0611019I* [2] and *FI0609029I* [3]). In the summer of 2008, when the previous mandatory joint consultation was finalised, the airline started a new round of consultations aiming to cut a further 400 jobs. With the consultation on the additional job cuts still ongoing, the company is proposing pay cuts as a new cost-saving measure. [1] [2] [3]
  • Unions at major insurer call on top managers to be dismissed

    The Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń SA (PZU [1]) group is Poland’s largest insurer. At present, the main shareholders of PZU SA are the State Treasury, which holds a 55% stake in the company, and the Netherlands-based bank insurance consortium Eureko BV. The process of privatising PZU got underway in 1998. In January 2005, the lower chamber of the Polish Parliament (/Sejm/), responding to irregularities in PZU’s privatisation process, appointed an investigative commission to review the case. Relations between the Polish government and Eureko BV have become strained. [1]
  • Aer Lingus announces radical outsourcing plan

    Trade unions in Aer Lingus [1] were locked in negotiations for a number of weeks in a bid to amend radical company proposals to outsource some 1,500 jobs out of a total of 4,000 posts at the airline. The unions were informed that agreement on cuts amounting to €50 million in staff costs was required by the end of November 2008, as part of a wider €74 million cost reduction programme due to rising fuel costs and the global economic downturn. A 15-month pay freeze was included in the plan. [1]
  • Trade unions organise strike against government school reforms

    In October 2008, the Italian parliament approved Decree Law No. 137/2008 entitled ‘Urgent measures with regard to education and the universities’. The bill had initially been approved by the Council of Ministers on 28 August 2008 and was subsequently passed by the Chamber of Deputies on 7 October followed by the Senate on 29 October. The decree was presented by the Minister of Education, Mariastella Gelmini.
  • Unions highlight need for decent work on World Day

    On 7 October 2008, in line with the call to mobilise to change the world economy [1] issued by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC [2]), its French affiliates participated in this first-ever world day of mobilisation for decent work [3]. The following trade union confederations took part in the campaign: the French Democratic Confederation of Labour (Confédération française démocratique du travail, CFDT [4]), the French Christian Workers’ Confederation (Confédération française des travailleurs chrétiens, CFTC [5]), the General Confederation of Labour (Confédération générale du travail, CGT [6]), the General Confederation of Labour – /Force ouvrière/ (Confédération générale du travail – Force ouvrière, CGT-FO [7]) and the National Federation of Independent Unions (Union nationale des syndicats autonomes, UNSA [8]). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
  • Turmoil in Germany’s financial services sector

    A series of mergers, takeovers and rescue packages were required to maintain the viability of a number of major companies in Germany’s troubled banking sector. The latest episode followed the collapse of the Lehman Brothers investment bank in the US. The knock-on effect in Germany was the 70% collapse in shares at the Hypo Real Estate (HRE) bank.