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  • Survey reveals stress to be the biggest problem at work

    To mark ‘International stress awareness day’ on 1 November 2006, the Trades Union Congress (TUC [1]) released findings from its 2006 survey of workplace trade union health and safety representatives [2]. The study is conducted every two years and, during the spring and summer of 2006, a total of 3,339 health and safety representatives responded to a questionnaire either online or by post. [1] http://www.tuc.org.uk/ [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/health-and-safety-representatives
  • Surveys highlight growing problem of workplace bullying

    In November 2006, the results of a new survey on workplace bullying were published to mark the fourth annual ‘ban bullying at work day [1]’. The survey was commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD [2]), the UK’s leading professional body for those involved in the management and development of people. The CIPD survey suggests that bullying can take many forms and appears to be on the increase. Other recent research has produced similar results. [1] http://www.banbullyingatwork.com/main.asp?id=home [2] http://www.cipd.co.uk/default.cipd
  • Reported increase in union membership called into question

    Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, trade union membership in Malta has continued to rise, according to official statistics. In the decade between 1991 and 2001, a 25% increase in trade union membership was recorded. The trade unions benefiting the most from this rise in membership were the General Workers’ Union (GWU [1]) and the Union of United Workers (Union Haddiema Maghqudin, UHM [2]), which together represent over 80% of unionised Maltese workers. [1] http://www.gwu.org.mt [2] https://www.uhm.org.mt/home.aspx
  • Trade union protests against government austerity measures

    In October 2006, demonstrations organised by the government opposition continued in front of parliament, with demands that the Prime Minister, Ferenc Gyurcsány, should step down and that the government should abandon the economic measures stipulated in its convergence programme aimed at meeting the Maastricht criteria for joining the euro-zone (*HU0609029I* [1]). At the same time, unions affiliated to the Democratic League of Independent Trade Unions (Független Szakszervezetek Demokratikus Ligája, LIGA [2]) also staged demonstrations against specific sectoral measures proposed by the government. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/trade-unions-reject-stringent-eu-convergence-programme [2] http://www.liganet.hu/
  • Pension disputes referred to labour court

    Within weeks of the social partners ratifying the national partnership agreement, Towards 2016 – Ten-year framework social partnership agreement 2006–2015 (2.9Mb PDF) [1], proposed changes to pension arrangements by two major companies have posed an immediate challenge to the new procedures for dealing with pension disputes (*IE0606019I* [2]). The disputes are also testing the state’s dispute resolution agencies, in particular the Labour Court. [1] http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/attached_files/Pdf files/Towards2016PartnershipAgreement.pdf [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-agree-new-national-partnership-agreement
  • Protest and political crisis mark launch of government’s convergence programme

    The Hungarian government was invited to submit a revised convergence programme update to the European Commission [1] by 1 September 2006, aimed at meeting the Maastricht criteria for joining the euro-zone (*HU0609029I* [2]). While preparing the programme, the re-elected socialist–liberal government admitted that the budget deficit for 2006 would be above 10% of gross domestic product (GDP). Therefore, the government was forced to introduce a package of strict economic measures in order to increase tax revenues and reduce budget expenditure. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/european-commission [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/trade-unions-reject-stringent-eu-convergence-programme
  • Increasing use of new work practices in companies

    Since the mid 1980s, close attention has been paid to the emergence of certain work practices which differ markedly from the traditional specialised and hierarchical Taylorist-Fordist model. In recent years, attention has focused mostly on the numerical flexibility [1] sought by companies in order to remain competitive in changing market conditions. Forms of functional flexibility – or new forms of work organisation (NFWO) – have received much less attention, especially in Italy and the other southern European countries. This is despite the fact that various international bodies – not least the European Commission (*EU9707134F* [2], *EU9805105F* [3], *EU9904167N* [4]) – have issued documents designed to promote such practices. In Italy, this scant concern with NFWO has most likely been due to the scarcity of data on these forms of work (*IT0409203T* [5]), as well as the lack of specific policy programmes intended to promote their use. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/flexibility [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/commission-seeks-to-encourage-debate-on-new-forms-of-work-organisation [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations-business/progress-on-new-forms-of-work-organisation-a-role-for-the-social-partners [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/european-work-organisation-network-launched [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/thematic-feature-collective-agreements-on-changes-in-work-organisation-9
  • End-of-service allowance proves sticking point in 2007 budget talks

    By the end of 2006, the Italian parliament was set to approve the 2007 finance act (/legge finanziaria/), presented to and approved by the cabinet in September 2006 (*IT0607029I* [1]). [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/trade-union-concern-at-proposed-budgetary-cuts
  • Protest action by unions in education sector over breach of agreement

    In response to a general strike of teaching and auxiliary staff in the education sector, negotiations with the government began on 7 November 2005 and lasted more than three weeks. The outcome was an agreement signed by the government and four representative trade unions organisations: the National Education Federation (Federatia Educatiei Nationale, FEN [1]), the Federation of Free Trade Unions in Education (Federatia Sindicatelor Libere din Învatamânt, FSLI [2]), the ‘Spiru Haret’ Federation (Federatia Sindicatelor din Învatamânt ‘Spiru Haret’, FSI Spiru Haret [3]) and the Alma Mater National Trade Union Federation (Federatia Nationala Sindicala Alma Mater, Federatia Alma Mater [4]) (*RO0511101N* [5]). [1] http://www.fen.ro [2] http://www.fsli.ro/ [3] http://www.spiruharet.edinfo.ro [4] http://www.almamater.ro [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/education-budget-amended-by-the-minister-teachers-and-trade-union
  • Protest action by trade union over pace of negotiations

    The National Trade Union Confederation ‘Cartel Alfa’ (Confederatia Sindicala Nationala ‘Cartel Alfa’, Cartel Alfa [1]) comprises 38 professional federations and two associated organisations from both the private and public sectors. [1] http://www.cartel-alfa.ro

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