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  • Akkoord bij Unilever na staking van meer dan drie weken tegen sluiting drie fabrieken

    By early November 2007, staff at the Unilever plant in the Netherlands had been on strike for over three weeks, protesting against the company’s reorganisation plans. Over the next three years, it is envisaged that the company’s intended worldwide reorganisation could result in the loss of some 20,000 jobs at Unilever [1] – the household, personal care and food product company; this would amount to over 10% of the workforce. In the Netherlands, some 470 jobs are at risk at the Unilever plants, representing 11% of the group’s Dutch workforce. The latter job cuts would result from the closure of three Unilever establishments: the Calvé plant situated in Delft in the province of South Holland, Cif located in Vlaardingen also in South Holland, and Knorr situated in Loosdrecht in the north. The production will mainly be transferred to eastern European countries. [1]
  • Expert committee to examine shift and rotation work

    On 9 November 2007, an expert committee was set up by the Norwegian government with the mandate to deliberate working time arrangements connected with shift and rotation work. Both types of working time schemes involve night and weekend work. Shift work is most common in male-dominated sectors such as the manufacturing industries, while a large majority of rotation workers are women in the health and social care sector. A central issue in recent years has been the extent to which the weekly working time of some rotation work schemes should be reduced to the same level as continuous shift schedules. The social partners have so far been unable to reach agreement on this issue, which is regarded as an important gender equality issue by many trade unions (NO0510103F [1]). [1]
  • Overview of 2007–2008 sectoral bargaining rounds

    On 2 February 2007, the central social partner organisations in the private sector signed the intersectoral collective agreement for the period 2007–2008 (*BE0701019I* [1]). Every two years, this agreement provides a general framework for the subsequent sectoral bargaining rounds in Belgium. Nine months later, a round-up can be made of these sectoral negotiations, which take place in official joint committees (paritair comité/commission paritaire [2]). Although bargaining was sometimes difficult, particularly in the services sector (*BE0710039I* [3]), most of the private sectors managed to reach a two-year national agreement. Significant exceptions are the electricity sector and the nonferrous metal industry. Overall, a high coverage rate of over 90% in sectoral collective agreements remains the norm in Belgium’s private economy. The main elements of these new sectoral agreements are outlined here. [1] [2] [3]
  • Polish workers secure jobs and back pay after dispute at electricity plant

    Industrial action at the state-owned Electricity Supply Board (ESB) Moneypoint [1] power generation plant – the largest of such plants in Ireland – over the non-payment of wages and other entitlements to Polish contract workers was recently averted. The strike was avoided when a deal was reached after four days of intensive talks at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC [2]). [1] [2]
  • Social dialogue on reform of insurance system begins despite obstacles

    The Ministry of Employment and Social Protection Υπουργείο Απασχόλησης και Κοινωνικής Προστασίας YPAKP [1], representing the government, has proposed that social dialogue begins immediately on the issue of reforming the insurance system on the basis of the existing Insurance Law 3029/2002. In letters to the heads of the parliamentary parties and the social partners, the ministry suggested that the dialogue be held within the competent parliamentary committees. [1]
  • Workplace suicides highlight issue of rising stress levels at work

    In October 2006, at Renault [1]’s state-of-the-art Technocentre in Guyancourt in the Île-de-France region where teams design the manufacturer’s new cars, a 39-year old engineer jumped out of a window, taking his own life. Two of his colleagues at the same site repeated this action within a period of three months. In February 2007, in one of Peugeot [2]’s car manufacturing plants, a maintenance worker committed suicide. He left a letter, in which he referred to the working conditions and the ‘moral pressure’ he had been subjected to. In April, a worker in the same company hanged himself in a mechanics workshop. The following month, three other workers committed suicide away from the company’s premises, and in July, a 55-year old worker hanged himself in the manufacturing plant. [1] [2]
  • Senate report pushes for reform of vocational training system

    After six months of discussion, the French Senate delivered a report to the Prime Minister on 11 July 2007 which underlined the urgent need for a reform of the vocational training [1] system. The report paints a rather bleak picture of the existing schemes which get bogged down ‘in complexity, contradict one another in corporatisms, and come up against barriers’. [1]
  • Telework in Belgium

    The provisions of the national collective agreement on telework, signed in 2005 (BE0512301N [1]), became compulsory through the Royal Decree of 13 June 2006. These provisions took effect from 1 July 2006 and were subsequently extended to civil servants in November 2006. [1]
  • Report assesses companies’ responses to information and consultation law

    In October 2007, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR [1]) published a report (1.27Mb PDF) [2] outlining initial findings from a research project examining the implementation of the UK’s Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations 2004 [3] (UK0502103N [4]). The research is being undertaken by academics at the University of Warwick [5] and the University of the West of England (UWE [6]), and is co-sponsored by BERR, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS [7]) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD [8]). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
  • Improving the labour market participation of migrant workers

    In general, the recent economic development has increased the overall demand for workers. This has resulted in a strong increase in the employment of foreign workers in Sweden.