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  • Agreement signed on reorganisation of postal service

    Poste Italiane Spa [1] is the largest Italian postal service organisation. It was founded in 1998 following the restructuring of a public body which controlled 100% of Italian post and telegraph services, and the Italian state remains the majority shareholder. Over the past 10 years, significant reorganisation has taken place leading to an increase in the range of services available through the group’s 12 companies (such as postal services, financial services and management of outsourcing processes). The group employs more than 150,000 people in 14,000 post offices throughout Italy. [1]
  • Wage and social dumping feared when labour market opens in 2011

    Until the end of April 2011, workers from all new Member States (NMS), except Malta and Cyprus, are subject to restrictions in the Austrian labour market as laid down in the country’s EU Enlargement Adaptation Act (/EU Erweiterungs-Anpassungsgesetz/). This law is based on the provisions allowed for in the transitional arrangements of the 2003 Treaty of Accession [1] and prohibits employees from these countries (the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia) from entering Austria’s labour market freely for a transitional period of up to seven years. While in general Austria has availed itself of the whole seven-year period, in 2007 it allowed a partial opening of its labour market due to a shortage of skilled workers in some sectors and regions (*AT0703029I* [2]). [1] [2]
  • Short-time working prevalent across Member States

    In June 2010, the European Commission (Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs and Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities) issued a report, in the form of an occasional paper (742Kb PDF) [1], on short-time working arrangements as a response to cyclical fluctuations, focusing on developments during the recent economic crisis. [1]
  • Attitudes of public sector employees towards private sector careers

    The survey of public sector employees in Lithuania carried out by social and market research company Macroscope [1] in December 2009/January 2010 aimed to: [1]
  • Stark pessimism among working age population

    Two surveys on the development of working conditions in Greece in the context of the economic crisis were carried out by Greek consultants, V-Project Research Consulting (VPRC [1]), in February and May 2010. [1]
  • Restructuring in Belgium - Background paper

    This background paper gives an overview of restructuring in Belgium from the first quarter of 2008 until the third quarter of 2010. Along with basic descriptive statistics outlining the employment effect of restructuring activities in Belgium, this overview includes brief narratives of individual cases with a view to highlighting interesting patterns in restructuring or other noteworthy aspects. This background paper is based on information drawn from Eurofound's European Restructuring Monitor (ERM).
  • Financial services: Challenges and prospects - Overview report

    The recent financial crisis has brought to light the serious challenges that the European financial services sector is facing. This report reviews the economic trends in the banking and insurance industries and the debate on the regulation of financial markets. It looks in detail at the business models that are applied as a response to the crisis. Finally, it develops scenarios for the potential adaptation process of the European financial services sector. The research was conducted by means of case studies of a range of companies in the sector, an online survey and interviews with experts from companies, social partners, research institutions and public authorities.
  • Hungary holds first meeting of its labour consultation council since election in May

    Tripartite cooperation at national level has been a tradition since 1988 in Hungary although its form has changed several times. The current format was adopted in 2002 and called the National Interest Reconciliation Council (OÉT [1]). The OÉT is the national forum for tripartite cooperation between workers’ and employers’ representatives and the government. [1]
  • CITUB calls national protest against changes in conditions for retirement

    The government’s proposal to extend the pension contribution period by three years was the main cause for the union protest, which took place while the bill was being discussed in parliament. Unionists are protesting at the manner in which the government adopted the amendments at its meeting on 4 August and submitted them to parliament without consulting its social partners.
  • Labour authority fines Hankook for obstructing union

    In 2006, the Korean tyre company Hankook chose Hungary to be the centre of its European supply operations and received more than €100 million from the Hungarian government to support the investment. The factory opened in 2007 and ever since there have been regular industrial disputes between management, employees and their union representative (*HU0707049I* [1]). [1]