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During 2002-2005, the employment conditions and health of nurses, as well as
premature exit from healthcare work, were the subject of an extensive survey
in 10 European countries (European NEXT-Study ). Among the study’s
findings were that a considerable number of nurses will be retiring in the
next few decades. At the same time, the need for care personnel will grow as
more nurses will be required to provide care services for the ageing
In recent years, the railway sector in the European Union has undergone a huge process of change, triggered by market liberalisation which came about as a result of EU legislation in the area. Increased restructuring and reorganisation within the sector has also led to conflicts in industrial relations, as new challenges arise, while workers, employers and their representative organisations are faced with increasing demands in a sector that is in the midst of a period of dramatic transition. Against this backdrop, this thematic feature provides a snapshot of industrial relations in the railway sector in 26 countries: in the EU25 (excluding Cyprus and Malta) and Norway, and in the acceding countries, Bulgaria and Romania. It is based on and updates an EIRO comparative study conducted in 2000 on 15 EU member states and Norway.
On 2 November 2005, the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE)
addressed an invitation to the employer organisations to begin bargaining in
order to draw up and sign the new National General Collective Labour
Agreement for the year 2006.
Since he EU enlargement 1 May 2004 workers from the East European countries
have contributed to counteract bottlenecks problems at the Danish labour
market - in particular in seasonal employment as agriculture and horticulture
and in the building sector. This is the conclusion of a new report about the
consequences of the EU enlargement for the Danish labour market made by
Ramboll Management for the Ministry of Employment. The report was presented
30 November 2005.
On 22 November 2005 the Continental AG, Hannover, Germany, announced that it
would close down its production of vehicle tyres at the company’s site in
Hannover-Stöcken at the end of 2006 and cut 320 jobs. Continental employs a
total of about 80,600 people, of which 31,800 work in Germany. Besides
vehicle tyres the company produces a wide range of parts for the automotive
industry. The company’s announcement was made despite an employment pact
concluded between the company and the works council in May 2005 in which the
company had agreed to maintain the tyre production at the Stöcken site in
exchange for longer working hours without pay compensation. In a statement to
the press the Continental justified its move with worldwide developments on
the tyre market, stating that there were excess capacities and the closure of
the Stöcken plant was in line with the company’s strategy to switch
production to low-cost sites. Continental produces about 100 million tyres
worldwide and has important production sites in eastern Europe and South
America. The tyre plant in Stöcken has a capacity of 1.3 million to 1.5
million tyres a year. Two other German plants run by Continental in Aachen
and Korbach have capacities of about 8 million tyres.
After almost two months of difficult negotiations, the Arab Bank and the
Cyprus Union of Bank Employees (ETYK), managed to reach an agreement that
recalls the former’s decision to cease operations in Cyprus and dismiss its
176 employees (CY0510101N ).
The National Employers Skills Survey 2004 (1.4Mb pdf)  (NESS 2004),
commissioned by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), together with the
Department for Education and Skills (DfES) and the Sector Skills Development
Agency (SSDA), is the largest survey of skills issues faced by employers in
England. Based on over 27,000 telephone interviews with companies of varying
sizes, across different sectors and regions, it also draws comparisons with
previous employer skill surveys, including NESS 2003.
In September 1994, the Council of Ministers decided on a Directive on the establishment of a European Works Council (EWC) for the purposes of informing and consulting employees (94/45/EC). The emergence of EWCs is a major part of the development of an industrial relations system at European level. The initial agreement establishing the EWC was negotiated from 1997 and signed on 15 October 1999.