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On 17 November 2006, a new employer organisation, the Slovenian Chamber of
Commerce (Trgovinska zbornica Slovenije, TZS ), was founded and charged
with the task of organising companies in the commerce sector. On 25 October
2007, its membership reached over 2,800 members from wholesale and retail
companies and small shopkeepers, including all major companies. These member
organisations generate over 20% of Slovenia’s total turnover and more than
60% of the sector’s overall turnover.
At present, three national trade union organisations are operating in
Lithuania in addition to a number of non-affiliated trade unions. In recent
times, the latter organisations have been becoming increasingly active, with
their activities receiving increased attention.
Multidisplay s.r.o . is a former subsidiary of the Dutch company LG.
Philips Displays Holding B.V. The company is located in Hranice in central
Moravia in the southeastern part of the Czech Republic and began the
production of electronic valves and tubes for radios and traditional vacuum
television screens on 25 August 2001. At the time, the then social-democratic
government headed by Prime Minister Miloš Zeman considered the establishment
of a manufacturing plant in Hranice in central Moravia as a great success.
The Czech government therefore granted investment incentives in the form of
tax relief amounting to CZK 1.5 billion (about €57 million, as at 5
December 2007) to this company. In exchange, the Multidisplay was to create
about 3,000 new jobs in a region that usually suffers from high unemployment
In October 2007, five national-level social partner organisations signed a
declaration of mutual recognition at the sitting of the Tripartite Council of
the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublikos Trišalė taryba, LRTT ).
In all, the signatories included the three main trade union organisations –
the Lithuanian Trade Union Confederation (Lietuvos profesinių sąjungų
konfederacija, LPSK ), the Lithuanian Labour Federation (Lietuvos darbo
federacija, LDF ) and the Lithuanian Trade Union ‘Solidarumas’
(Lietuvos profesinė sąjunga ‘Solidarumas’, LPS ‘Solidarumas’ )
– and the two employer organisations – the Lithuanian Confederation of
Industrialists (Lietuvos pramonininkų konfederacija, LPK ) and the
Lithuanian Business Employers’ Confederation (Lietuvos verslo darbdavių
konfederacija, LVDK ).
No statutory or collectively agreed uniform definition exists of telework 
in Austria. This is related to the fact that the issue of telework is not
regulated in a systematic and consistent way by Austrian legislation but in a
rather occasional and marginal manner by different laws.
On 17 September 2007, a draft agreement  was finally signed on renewal of
the pay and standard parts of the insurance workers’ collective agreement
 for the period 2006–2009. Covering about 40,000 workers and 240
insurance companies, the agreement was signed after 18 months of talks and
three breakdowns in negotiations . Its provisions are particularly
innovative with regard to regulation of the labour market and the management
of call centres.
It has been difficult to quantify the number of teleworkers in Sweden in the
past: in 1998, a government survey estimated the number of teleworkers at
between 30,000 and 500,000 employees (Distansarbetsutredningen, Statens
offentliga utredningar (SOU), 1998: 115 ), which represented a rough
indication of teleworking in Sweden. More recent information in 2005
indicated that the number of teleworkers reached between 200,000 and 300,000
Telework  is defined in the amended Labour Code (Act No. 348/2007) of
Slovakia, which entered into effect on 1 September 2007. Act No. 311/2001 on
the Labour Code, which was /valid from 2002, included/ the term ‘work /at
home’ in/ Article 52 (*SK0207102F* )/. Recently,/ this article /was/
renamed /and/ extended to include ‘work at home and telework’.
On 31 August 2007, some 268,569 domestic workers contributed to the Special
Social Security System for Domestic Employees which, according to the
government’s proposal, will be discontinued. Work in Spain’s domestic
services sector is mainly done by women, who represent 94% of employees in
the sector. In recent years, the sector has increasingly become the main form
of integration into the labour market for immigrants, with 60% of migrant
workers, mainly women, working in the sector. The government plans to
incorporate this group of workers into the General Social Security System by
2017. The draft bill, which is currently under consultation by the social
partners, may become applicable on 1 January 2008.
In the summer of 2007, the Central Agency for Social Security Organisations
(Agence centrale des organismes de Sécurité sociale, ACOSS ) published
the results of a survey on combating illegal work in 2006 (in French) .
The survey was carried out among 2,400 companies which engage seasonal
workers, and its findings revealed that: