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  • ECHR upholds right to collective bargaining and to strike

    Two recent rulings by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR [1]) state that the exercise of the right to form and join trade unions includes the right to collective bargaining [2] and the right to strike [3]. The judgement in the first case, Demir and Baykara v. Turkey (Application No. 34503/97 [4]), was delivered on 12 November 2008. At the time when the Tum Bel Sen trade union was formed – as the union representing civil servants in Turkey – Turkish law did not permit civil service trade unionism, although a collective agreement negotiated between the union and the employer was in operation for two years before it was annulled. Demir and Baykara, representing the trade union and its members, claimed at the ECHR that the right to collectively bargain was contained within Article 11 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms [5]. This article states: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Divergence over employment policies lead to breakdown in social dialogue

    The first term of office of the socialist government after eight years in opposition represented a period of revitalising neo-corporate practices. In 2006, the government, the main employer organisations and trade union confederations signed an agreement to improve growth and employment. Signatories to the agreement were, on the employer side, the Spanish Confederation of Employers’ Organisations (Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales, CEOE [1]) and the Spanish Confederation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises [2] (Confederación Española de la Pequeña y Mediana Empresa, CEPYME [3]). On the trade union side, they comprised the General Workers’ Confederation (Unión General de Trabajadores, UGT [4]) and the Trade Union Confederation of Workers’ Commissions (Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras, CCOO [5]). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Representativeness of the European social partner organisations: Civil aviation

    This study delineates the situation regarding social dialogue in the civil aviation industry. The study consists of three main parts: a summary of the sector’s economic background; an analysis of the social partner organisations in all of...
  • Telework in the European Union

    This report examines the phenomenon of telework in the EU – particularly in the context of the European Framework Agreement on Telework, which was signed by the peak social partners in July 2002. The report first assesses the incidence of telework across the 27 EU Members States and Norway, highlighting the overall increase in telework usage. It goes on to examine the regulatory framework for telework, with a particular focus on the European Framework Agreement’s implementation in the context of national industrial relations systems and given the unique nature of this autonomous agreement. The report also looks at issues concerning the employment and working conditions of teleworkers – such as health and safety, data protection, access to training and the voluntary nature of telework. It concludes with an overview of the social partners’ position on telework.
  • Increased sickness absenteeism fuels debate over sick pay scheme

    In the autumn of 2009, it has become evident that the sickness absence rate in Norwegian working life has risen by about 10% from 2008 to 2009. Government expenditure on sick pay has therefore increased dramatically in 2009. As a result, the Norwegian sick pay scheme has once again been put back on the social partner agenda. In a speech to the state sector bargaining party of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisasjonen i Norge, LO [1]), LO Stat [2], in November 2009, the Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, voiced his concerns over developments in the sickness absence rate and the need to find measures to deal with it. Prime Minister Stoltenberg emphasised, however, that the government will not alter the present scheme allowing for full pay compensation from day one of sickness absence. [1] [2]
  • Agreement renewed in information technology sector

    The preliminary accord on continuing the nationwide collective agreement for the information and communications technologies (ICT) sector is the second renewal of an important nationwide agreement by all bargaining parties after the agreement of 22 January 2009 on the reform of the Italian collective bargaining system (*IT0902059I* [1]). The agreement in the ICT sector covers 160,000 workers of telecommunications companies, including companies such as Telecom, Vodafone, Wind, Fastweb and H3G. It was reached jointly on 23 October 2009 by the three trade unions in the sector and the Association of Italian Telecommunications Companies (Assotelecomunicazioni, Asstel [2]) at the headquarters of the Confederation of Italian Industry (Confederazione Generale dell’Industria Italiana, Confindustria [3]) in Rome. Signatories on the trade union side included the Communication Workers’ Union (Sindacato Lavoratori Comunicazione, Slc-Cgil [4]) affiliated to the General Confederation of Italian Workers (Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro, Cgil [5]), the Federation of Entertainment, Information and Telecommunications Workers (Federazione Informazione Spettacolo e Telecomunicazioni, Fistel-Cisl [6]) affiliated to the Italian Confederation of Workers’ Trade Unions (Confederazione Italiana Sindacati Lavoratori, Cisl [7]), and the Italian Communications Workers’ Union (Unione Italiana Lavoratori della Comunicazione, Uilcom-Uil [8]) affiliated to the Union of Italian Workers (Unione Italiana del Lavoro, Uil [9]). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]
  • Police officers protest against non-payment of social benefits

    At present, the Polish police force employs 100,000 people. The modernisation and reform of the police force, which occurred in the first weeks of 2007, included plans to bring the police force technologically up to date and aimed to improve the situation of police officers by strengthening the motivational system of remuneration. In effect, throughout 2008, the wages of police officers increased by a small percentage. The following year, however, brought about a significant decline in terms of pay within this occupational group. In fact, the situation deteriorated such that the police trade unions organised a protest on 1 December 2009 engaging around 3,000 police officers, supported by their fellow activists of the European Confederation of Police (EuroCOP [1]). [1]
  • Telework and mobile workers

    The Association for the Promotion and Development of the Information Society (Associação para a Promoção e Desenvolvimento da Sociedade da Informação, APDSI [1]) commissioned a study with the aim of analysing the impacts of digital environments in work and helping to surpass barriers to the development of new forms of work, with a special focus on telework. [1]
  • Positive attitude towards increase in employment of women

    In 2009, the Women’s Issues Information Centre (Moterų informacijos centras, MIC [1]), on request of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of the Republic of Lithuania (Socialinės apsaugos ir darbo ministerija, SADM [2]), carried out a survey with the aim of assessing changes in the situation of women and men in various areas of life, including labour market participation. In addition, the survey examined society’s attitudes towards working women and men, and the findings were compared with data of similar surveys conducted in 1994 and 2000. [1] [2]