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  • Article
    21 Decembrie 2011

    Where UK employers recognise a trade union for collective bargaining
    purposes, this is usually based on a voluntary agreement between the parties.
    However, since 2000, there has also been a statutory procedure through which
    a union can apply to the independent Central Arbitration Committee (CAC [1])
    to oblige an employer to recognise it (*UK0007183F* [2]). If the union
    demonstrates a certain level of membership and support for recognition (in
    some cases through a workforce ballot), the CAC issues a declaration making
    recognition compulsory, and this has happened in over 220 cases.

    [1] http://www.cac.gov.uk
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/statutory-trade-union-recognition-procedure-comes-into-force

  • Article
    21 Decembrie 2011

    Two years of unsuccessful negotiations about a renewal of the collective
    agreement between the multinational IT-company CSC [1] and the IT-trade union
    PROSA [2] ended in June 2011 when the Labour Court ruled against the union,
    saying that CSC was entitled to release itself from the agreement with PROSA.
    After the ruling, CSC signed a new agreement with another IT-union, HK. This
    agreement was much less favourable to the programmers and system consultants
    at CSC. PROSA consequently lost its bargaining rights and employee
    representatives for their 700 members at CSC.

    [1] http://www.csc.com/careersus/fre/16005
    [2] http://www.prosa.dk/in-english/national-and-global/

  • Article
    21 Decembrie 2011

    The 2011 annual meeting of the Austrian social partners, held in the spa town
    of Bad Ischl, was dedicated to consideration of ‘The effect of demographic
    developments on the labour market and the social security system’. At the
    meeting, the heads of the major social partner organisations discussed a set
    of measures to increase Austria’s average actual retirement age.

  • Article
    21 Decembrie 2011

    The Union of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia (ZSSS [1]) had protested for a
    long time about the unfair treatment of migrant workers from Bosnia and
    Herzegovina and from Macedonia. These workers found it impossible to get
    unemployment benefit, although they were still required to pay contributions
    to unemployment insurance on the same basis as all other employees. The
    unions attacked, in particular, Article 5 of the Social Security Agreement
    between Slovenia and Bosnia which required any Bosnian migrant workers
    claiming unemployment benefit to have a permanent residence permit. To get
    the permit Bosnian migrants had to show evidence of five years of
    uninterrupted residence in Slovenia.

    [1] http://www.sindikat-zsss.si/

  • Article
    21 Decembrie 2011

    In Poland the national minimum wage is set annually in accordance with the
    Minimum Wage Act of 2002. The Tripartite Commission for Social and Economic
    Affairs (Trójstronna Komisja ds. Społeczno Gospodarczych [1]) decides the
    wage level for the next year based on proposals submitted by the government.

    [1] http://www.dialog.gov.pl/komisja_trojstronna

  • Article
    21 Decembrie 2011

    On 21 June 2011, it was announced that agreement had been reached between
    global pharmaceuticals company Merck [1] and the Dutch government to retain
    some of the jobs at the research centre of its subsidiary Organon, based at
    Oss in the Netherlands. The agreement includes the establishment of a
    life-sciences park to employ the 540 researchers who will be dismissed from
    Merck. Of the remaining researchers, 100 will join Merck’s production team
    and 486 will remain in service.

    [1] http://www.merck.com

  • Article
    21 Decembrie 2011

    At the beginning of November 2011, a group of employers’ organisations
    presented new data on developments in vocational training in Germany. They
    had come together in 2004 to set up the Pact on Apprenticeships
    (/Ausbildungspakt/), designed to create more apprenticeship positions
    (*DE0407105F* [1]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/training-levy-law-avoided-by-pact

  • Foundation Focus
    19 Decembrie 2011

    This issue of Foundation Focus looks at job creation. The Great Recession has destroyed many jobs and the recovery has been shallow, with few new jobs being created. Where are new jobs going to come from? Eurofound looks at the care and education sectors as possible drivers of growth and at the skills needed for a greener economy. Foundation Focus also analyses where jobs were lost during the recession, both in terms of sectors and overall numbers. What do SMEs – who make up 99% of European companies – need to flourish and create employment? Public support for job creation has been ongoing in Europe, but has become refocused following the economic downturn.

  • Article
    18 Decembrie 2011

    The ageing population and the consequent increase in the share of older
    workers in the workforce have raised concerns among both policy makers and
    social partners across Europe. In France, the employment rate of older
    workers is still below the EU average, although it has increased slightly in
    the last decade. The ‘Survey of the management of employees aged 50 and
    older’ (EGS50+) finds that while explicit ‘age management’ in French
    workplaces is now more common and employers’ views about older workers has
    improved, perceptions of workers who are over the age of 50 are still
    ambivalent.

  • Article
    18 Decembrie 2011

    The European Commission issued the Eurobarometer Social Climate Report
    (Special Eurobarometer 370) (2.46Mb PDF) [1] in October 2011. The survey,
    which was conducted in June 2011, asked a range of questions on personal and
    employment issues to determine what impact the economic and financial crisis
    has had on the lives of EU citizens. It is based on approximately 1,000
    interviews with people in each Member State, with the exception of Cyprus
    (500), Germany (1,500), Luxembourg (500), Malta (500) and the UK (1,300).

    [1] http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/ebs/ebs_370_en.pdf