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  • Entry of educated young people into the labour market

    Statistics Sweden (Statistiska Centralbyrån, SCB [1]) has published two reports concerning people’s entry into the labour market. The reports are based on a sample survey that has been conducted every second year since 1996, comprising three-year follow-up studies of persons leaving education. The 2008 survey focuses on those who finished their upper secondary school [2] or who graduated from university [3] in the academic year 2004/2005. The survey aims to examine the labour market entry of new graduates with different levels of education. [1] [2] [3]
  • Need for more occupational doctors and wider remit

    An assessment of occupational health services was commissioned and carried out in Lithuania in 2007, based on the findings of a qualitative survey of professionals and of statistical calculations made in compliance with national legislation. The survey covered occupational health professionals whose activities are directly related to the practice of occupational doctors in Lithuania. This criterion enabled the research to maintain a proper level of professionalism. The study involved specially developed questionnaires that ensured the anonymity of respondents.
  • Moves to privatise French Post Office gather pace

    In August 2008, the President of the French postal services company La Poste [1], Jean-Paul Bailly, announced that between €2.5 and €3.5 billion would be required to provide La Poste with the financial resources necessary to enable it to adapt to the full liberalisation of the postal services market in 2011 – originally planned for 2009 (*FR0502107F*). La Poste, whose status was changed from being part of the civil service to a state-owned company in 1991, has gradually been divided into separate business sections: letters, parcels, financial services and the network of post offices. [1]
  • Social partner agreement aims to tackle crisis in pharmaceutical industry

    During a meeting at the Ministry of Economic Development (Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico [1]) on 20 November 2008, social partner organisations from the chemicals sector signed an agreement – referred to as the ‘Welfarma project’ – in an effort to equip the sector with ‘an operational instrument, voluntary in nature, and additional to the current bargaining and legal structures, with which to implement welfare-to-work solutions’. The signatory parties comprised: the National Pharmaceutical Industry Federation (Federazione Nazionale dell’Industria Farmaceutica, Farmindustria [2]) on the employers’ side, and the Italian Chemicals, Energy and Manufacturing Workers’ Federation (Federazione Italiana Lavoratori Chimici Energia Manifatture, Filcem-Cgil [3]), the Energy, Chemicals and Allied Industries Federation (Federazione Energia Moda, Chimica e Affini, Femca-Cisl [4]) and the Italian Chemicals, Energy and Manufacturing Workers’ Union (Unione Italiana Lavoratori Chimica Energia Manifatturiero, Uilcem-Uil [5]) on the trade union side. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Trade union rejects revised working time directive

    On 25 November 2008, the Union of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia (Zveza svobodnih sindikatov Slovenije, ZSSS [1]) organised a demonstration against the amended European Directive 2003/88/EC [2] concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time [3]; the protest took place in front of the national government buildings. The trade union representatives presented their standpoint to the Prime Minister of the new centre-left government, Borut Pahor, who promised that he would be lobbying against the revised directive in the EU institutions. Mr Bahor emphasised that he only supported solutions to which the social partners agreed. [1] [2]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=32003L0088&model=guichett [3]
  • Trade Union Confederation holds its ninth Confederal Congress

    The ninth Confederal Congress of the Trade Union Confederation of Workers’ Commissions (Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras, CCOO [1]), the largest trade union organisation in Spain, was held in Madrid on 17–20 December 2008. The 1,001 delegates who attended the congress, representing the regional and sectoral organisations of the trade union, elected the new management for the next four years. The start of the new mandate is marked by the worsening of the economic crisis in Spain and an unprecedented increase in unemployment (*ES0809019I* [2]), which could represent a severe test for the strategy adopted by CCOO in recent years. [1] [2]
  • Commission defers revision of directive on employee involvement in European companies

    The Council Regulation establishing a Statute for a European company [1] (/Societas Europaea/, SE) is supplemented by Council Directive 2001/86/EC [2] on the involvement of employees in a European company. As required by Article 15 of the Directive, the European Commission [3] published a Communication (46Kb PDF) [4] on 30 September 2008 reviewing the application of the directive with a view to proposing any necessary amendments. In preparation for this review, the Commission commissioned a report (656Kb PDF) [5] by independent experts on the implementation of labour law directives in an enlarged EU, as well as issuing to the Member States and the European social partners [6] a questionnaire together with the draft report. [1] [2]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32001L0086&model=guichett [3] [4] [5] [6]
  • Nurses’ strike over continued staff shortages escalates

    In October 2007, the Malta Union of Midwives and Nurses (MUMN [1]) and the government signed an agreement seeking, among other things, to resolve the pressing problem of understaffing in the nursing sector. MUMN highlighted the fact that about 300 more nurses were required to resolve this problem. Nearly a year later, in August 2008, media reports indicated that the government had started the process for the recruitment of additional nurses, especially those needed in the intensive care section and in the renal unit. Extra nursing staff were also required for operating theatres and, in fact, some theatres were not being used due to the lack of nursing staff. The government remarked that with the employment of more nurses, the workload would be better managed and patients would continue to receive the best possible service and care from health professionals. [1]
  • European Parliament rejects compromise on working time directive

    The revision of the working time [1] directive, originally adopted as Council Directive 93/104/EC [2] in 1993 and subsequently consolidated in Directive 2003/88/EC [3], can be described as having a long history of failed attempts. In the latest episode in this process, the European Parliament [4] disapproved a compromise reached by the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO [5]) on 9 June 2008 (*EU0807049I* [6]). In its plenary session on 17 December 2008, the European Parliament rejected the EPSCO compromise by a large majority of 421 to 273 votes in a second reading of the central issues of the compromise, notably the opt-out clause and on-call time. [1] [2] [3]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=32003L0088&model=guichett [4] [5] [6]
  • Prison officers strike for better pay and working conditions

    The industrial relations climate in Belgium’s prison service has become increasingly contentious over the past number of years. Between September and October 2008, a new wave of strike action was initiated in protest against pay, working hours and working conditions in the prison service.