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  • Bank’s foreign exchange interventions criticised

    The board of the Czech National Bank (ČNB [1]) has intervened in the country’s monetary policy. At its meeting on 7 November 2013, the board stepped in to devalue the country’s currency, the Crown, against the euro. [1]
  • New legislation on temporary agency work

    New legislation is being introduced in Belgium which allows employers to use the hiring of temporary agency workers as a legitimate route to full-time employment. Belgium already has one of the most carefully regulated labour markets offering a high level of protection to temporary workers.
  • Financial sector creates its first trade union

    The Estonian financial sector is strongly intertwined with the Scandinavian model, where trade unions are an important part of the sector. When the Scandinavian banks expanded to Estonia in the 1990s, unsuccessful attempts were made to form trade unions for workers in the sector. Employers now say that Estonia’s working culture more closely resembles the Scandinavian model, and this is believed to be one of the reasons why a new trade union, the Union of Estonian Financial Sector Employees (EFL), was formed on 11 September 2013.
  • Too few women in leadership positions across the EU

    The European Commission (EC [1]) has published a report, Women and men in leadership positions in the European Union 2013 (1.26 MB PDF) [2]. Drawing on data up to the end of June 2013, it reviews the current situation and reports on recent progress. [1] [2]
  • Reform of employment services in pipeline

    Poland’s unemployment rate has been rising since 2008, reaching 13% in November 2013. Yet significant cuts to the public employment service were introduced in the 2011 budget and, to reduce the country’s deficit, the Ministry of Finance froze the labour fund. The fund, financed largely by employers’ contributions, had been intended to support training and occupational counselling. As a result of social partners’ criticism, part of the fund was unfrozen in July 2012 by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy which then put forward its proposals for the reform of the public employment services.
  • Strike action averted in mining industry

    The mining company OKD [1], which has around 13,000 staff, faces economic difficulties (CZ1307029I [2]). In May 2013, it announced job and wage cuts the sale of part of its property. [1] [2]
  • Rise in real wages in retail sector

    In Austria’s retail sector, more than half a million white-collar employees, mostly women, will be covered by a new, innovative two-year collective agreement concluded between the social partners on 13 November 2013.
  • Above-inflation wage increase for metalworking sector

    Austria’s annual main bargaining round takes place in the autumn and traditionally starts with the strong and influential metalworking industry. For the second time in a row, the Federal Economic Chamber’s (WKO [1]) six subsectoral employer organisations conducted separate negotiations, having, in 2012, left the bargaining community to which they had belonged for 40 years (*AT1212011I* [2]). The unions strongly opposed this step, having adopted a resolution in September to maintain a communal collective agreement. They also condemned employers’ aspirations to move important decision-making away from collective to company level. [1] [2]
  • Social innovation in service delivery: New partners and approaches

    This report presents the findings of a research project exploring the involvement of new partners – in particular, the social partners, civil society and people in vulnerable situations – in social innovation. The research was carried out at EU level – focusing especially on the role of the European Social Fund (ESF) in social innovation – and in six Member States: Austria, Bulgaria, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Sweden. It examined the innovation and social partnership culture in each country, and analysed to what extent national-level policies have been triggered by EU policy.
  • Central public administration: Working conditions and industrial relations – Annex

    This annex details the authorities responsible for the different areas of central public administration in each country (defence, social security, education, health, housing, culture, transport, etc.), showing the breakdown by central, regional and local level. Read more information on Central public administration.