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  • Escalation of conflicts in the Coal-mine Budryk Joint-Stock Company

    It seemed that the vast array of measures undertaken by the unionists and the representatives of the board in the course of the conflict in the Coal-mine Budryk was finally exhausted. However, parties to the dispute resolved to appeal to court. What is more, their aim was not to solve the conflict, but to provide a legal basis for their actions.
  • Government reverses controversial changes to work environment legislation

    On the 10 November 2005, the newly elected Norwegian coalition government put forward a proposal [1] to alter the recently approved changes made to Act relating to Work Environment and Worker Protection (AML). The changes were approved by the Norwegian parliament (Stortinget) on 17 June 2005, and would take effect on 1 January 2006 (NO0506102F [2]). Among the controversial changes made was a liberalisation of both temporary employment and working time regulations. The political parties in the present government pledged to halt some of the more controversial changes if elected into office. [1] [2]
  • New employers organisation established

    The founding assembly of the Norwegian Manufacturing Industry Association (unofficial translation of Norsk Industri) was held on 28 November 2005. The new organisation is the result of a merger between the Federation of Norwegian Manufacturing Industries (Teknologibedriftenes landsforening, TBL) and the Federation of Norwegian Process Industries (Prosessindustriens Landsforening, PIL), two of the largest member associations of the Confederation of Norwegian Business and industry (Næringslivets Hovedorganisasjon, NHO). The new association will not formally come into being until 1 January 2006.
  • Tugboat and salvage worker strike at Smit Internationale achieves better collective terms

    Tugboat and salvage workers at the maritime company Smit Internationale came out in strike in November 2005, after collective bargaining rounds ran aground. In addition to increased pay and price compensation, compensation for overtime and treatment by management were on the agenda. In the wake of various 12-hour strikes affecting different divisions within the company, the Allied Unions (FNV Bondgenoten) are again in a position to put a new proposal for a collective agreement to their members.
  • The Government Increases the Minimum Wage to 90 Lats per Month

    The increase of the minimum wage is a constant theme of the debate among social partners in Latvia. In 2003, the agreement of social partners resulted in successful approval and adoption of the minimum wage increase concept, which provided for a strict minimum wage increase schedule, by the RL Cabinet of Ministers. According to this schedule, the minimum wage should reach a half of the gross monthly salary of the respective year.
  • Civil servants and officers are seeking for better social guarantees

    On 29 September 2005, Mr. Artūras Navaitis, the chairman of the national trade union of internal affairs institutions (Vidaus reikalų sistemos respublikinė profesinė sąjunga), Mr. Tomas Vaitkunskas, the chairman of the pre-trial investigation institutions’ trade union of the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublikos ikiteisminio tyrimo įstaigų profesinė sąjunga), Mr. Saulius Džiautas, the chairman of the Lithuanian trade union association of firemen and rescuers (Lietuvos ugniagesių gelbėtojų profesinių sąjungų susivienijimas), Ms. Irena Petraitienė, the chairperson of the Lithuanian trade union of civil servants (Lietuvos valstybės tarnautojų profesinė sąjunga), and Mr. Gemas Durneika, the chairman of the co-ordination council of the Lithuanian trade union association of customs officers (Lietuvos muitinės darbuotojų profesinių sąjungų susivienijimo koordinacinė taryba), signed a joint resolution whereby they raised three key requirements:
  • Petrochemical Pole of Porto Marghera at risk

    The Italian chemical sector is still undergoing a serious crisis. Thousands of jobs are at risk due to envisaged clearance, dismantling and restructuring plans. On 21 November 2005 about 2,000 workers of the petrochemical pole of Porto Marghera (Venice) went on a four-hour strike. The sectoral trade unions are seriously concerned for the future of the sector and keep demanding effective measures to sustain the development for the Italian chemical industry.
  • Constitutional reform approved

    On 16 November 2005 the Italian senate enacted the bill which reforms part of the Italian constitution. Devolution of the State’s powers to regions and premiership are the most important novelties of the reform which triggered the fierce reaction of the trade unions.
  • Reform of supplementary pensions system approved

    On 23 November 2005, the Italian cabinet approved a reform of the supplementary pension system which envisages the transfer of workers' current 'end-of-service allowances' to occupational pension funds, unless the workers object . The reform, to the disappointment of trade unions, will not come into force until 2008 for large companies and 2009 for small and medium-sized companies.
  • Postal strike averted as state’s dispute agencies put to the test

    The state-owned postal company, An Post, has accepted the findings of a Labour Court recommendation on pay and change, while the Communications Workers Union (CWU) has agreed to end all threats of industrial action in advance of a formal ballot of its members.