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  • Article
    14 January 2010

    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] http://www.echr.coe.int/echr/Homepage_EN
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/collective-bargaining
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/right-to-strike
    [4] http://vlex.com/vid/case-demir-and-baykara-v-turkey-51456848
    [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/european-convention-for-the-protection-of-human-rights-and-fundamental-freedoms

  • Article
    13 January 2010

    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] http://www.ceoe.es/
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/spanish-confederation-of-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises-cepyme
    [3] http://www.cepyme.es/
    [4] http://www.ugt.es/
    [5] http://www.ccoo.es

  • Article
    7 January 2010

    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] http://www.lo.no
    [2] http://www.lostat.no

  • Article
    7 January 2010

    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] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/cgil-refuses-to-sign-agreement-on-collective-bargaining-reform
    [2] http://www.confindustriasi.it/asstel/
    [3] http://www.confindustria.it/
    [4] http://www.slc.cgil.it/
    [5] http://www.cgil.it/
    [6] http://www.fistel.org/
    [7] http://www.cisl.it/
    [8] http://www.uilcom.it/
    [9] http://www.uil.it/

  • Article
    7 January 2010

    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] http://www.eurocop-police.org/

  • Article
    7 January 2010

    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] http://www.apdsi.pt/

  • Article
    7 January 2010

    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] http://www.lygus.lt/
    [2] http://www.socmin.lt