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  • Social security supervisory boards re-established

    The Speaker of the Parliament handed over the members of the Health Insurance Controlling Body (Egészségbiztosítási Ellenörző Testület, EET) and Pension Insurance Controlling Body (Nyugdíjbiztosítási Ellenőrző Testület, NYET) the letters of appointment. As required by Act LXXII of 2005 passed on 27 July 2005, EET has 9 members and NYET has 11 members. Both national level trade union confederations and employers’ associations nominated 3 members to each board. The government delegated 3 members to each body, and the Council for Senior Citizens (Idősügyi Tanács), a forum for civil organizations, delegated two members to NYET.
  • Data from the Information Center for Workers and the Unemployed (KEPEA) on unemployed visitors to the Center

    In late November the Information Center for Workers and the Unemployed (KEPEA) of the Greek General Confederation of Labor (GSEE) has released data on the profile of unemployed people who have visited the Center.
  • Viking Rosella case to be decided by the European Court of Justice

    The English Court of Appeal decided on 3 November to lift the injunction against the Finnish Seamen’s Union (Suomen Merimies-Unioni, SM-U) and the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF). The injunction had been imposed by the High Court of Justice in London in June 2005, barring the two union organisations from taking any action against the Finnish shipping company Viking Line which had planned to reflag its vessel m/s Rosella to Estonia and to start negotiations on a collective agreement with Estonian unions, thus replacing its existing agreement with SM-U. (FI0509201N [1]) [1]
  • UNI holds first ever conference on call centres

    At the end of October 2005, the global union, Union Network International (UNI), held its first ever conference dedicated to call centres. The conference provided the platform for the presentation of interim findings from a global survey of the call centre industry, based at Cornell University, USA, which has research teams in 20 countries. It found that although roughly 80% of call centre work is still being carried out within national boundaries and three-quarters of call centre work is done in-house, the incidence of outsourcing and offshoring is growing rapidly. The study highlights the cost savings for employers who offshore their call centres: workers in an Indian call centre are typically paid USD 2,400 a year, compared with USD 28,000 in the USA and nearly USD 42,000 in Denmark.
  • Social dialogue agreement in the postal sector 

    A cooperation agreement on social dialogue was signed on 8 November 2005 by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the global union, Union Network International (UNI). The UPU is a United Nations (UN) specialised agency, based in Berne, Switzerland, and acts as a forum for cooperation between postal services. UNI is a global union with 15 million members, 2.5 million of which are employed in the postal sector. The agreement is available to affiliates only in English [1], French [2] and Spanish [3]. [1] Date/AE6F05F5579B8900C12570B4003E006B?OpenDocument [2] Date/F92619F7F2585895C12570B4003E1BB0?OpenDocument [3] Date/A6B523E185A8241CC12570B4003E32AD?OpenDocument
  • Commission issues 2006 work programme

    On 25 October 2005, the European Commission issued its legislative and work programme for 2006 ( COM(2005) 531 final [1]). Entitled /Unlocking Europe’s full potential/, the programme states that 'the challenges facing Europe are clear, and urgent'. It goes on to state that globalisation has brought opportunities and new demands and that modernisation, in particular, is essential to create the jobs Europe needs to continue its current high levels of prosperity. [1]
  • The Spanish Intertextile Council earns of the effects of the liberalization of the sector on employment

    Employment in the textile sector is threatened by the prospects for 2010. Imports of products from China and India may reduce current employment by half. The employers of the textile sector are in favour of the Pan-Mediterranean Area.
  • Five-day strike in the coal mines

    The breakdown in negotiations on the 2006-2012 National Coal Plan led to a strike in the mining sector. The mining counties of northern Spain have already been severely hit by mine closures.
  • Disputes over a new Employees’ Representatives Act

    In the beginning of November 2005, the Ministry of Social Affairs [1] (Sotsiaalministeerium) sent the draft of the new Employees’ Representatives Act to the Confederation of Estonian Trade Unions (Eesti Ametiühingute Keskliit, EAKL [2]) (EE0308101F [3]) and to the Estonian Employers’ Confederation (Eesti Tööandjate Keskliit, ETTK [4]) (EE0310102F [5]) for consultation. The current version of the Employees’ Representatives Act [6] dates back to 1993. The main reason for developing a new act derived from the obligation to transpose the Directive on national information and consultation rules (2002/14/EC [7]) (EU0204207F [8]), which should have been transposed to Estonian legislation already by March 2005. The first attempt to transpose the Directive on national information and consultation rules was in the form of the Social Dialogue Act, which was never approved due to criticism of EAKL and ETTK (EE0403101F [9], EE0502101N [10]). The planned date of entry into force of the new act is January 2006 and in addition it is planned to introduce some changes in the Trade Unions Act [11] (EE0308101F [12]), Employment Contracts Act [13] (EE0309101N [14], EE0405103F [15]) and Wages Act [16], which have all originated from the general conception of the draft. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32002L0014&model=guichett [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]
  • The Bulgarian Teachers Trade Union Protests Against the 2006 Education Budget

    The main strike demands were adopted on 11 November 2005, at a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Bulgarian Teachers Trade Union (BTTU) held jointly with the National Strike Committee and the BTTU district co-ordinators. The most important of which are: