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  • Mixed reaction to changes in health and safety code of workers

    On 20 August 2009, Decree No. 106, published in the Official Gazette (/Gazzetta Ufficiale/) on 3 August 2009, came into force. It modifies and integrates Decree No. 81 of 2008, which was known as the Code for the Health and Safety of Workers (Consolidated Act on health and safety at the workplace) (*IT0804039I* [1]). [1]
  • Trade unions accept small pay increase in public sector

    The State Secretary of the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (Ministerstvo práce, sociálnych vecí a rodiny Slovenskej republiky, MPSVR SR [1]), Emília Kršíková, and the Vice-President of the Confederation of Trade Unions (Konfederácia odborových zväzov Slovenskej republiky, KOZ SR [2]), Ján Gašperan, issued a press release on 5 October 2009. After four months of negotiations, the social partners had concluded a multi-employer Collective Agreement for Civil Servants and a multi-employer Collective Agreement for Public Servants for 2010. The participants in the collective bargaining [3] round included representatives of the government and regional self-governments, led by the main negotiator Ms Kršíková, and representatives of KOZ SR, the Independent Christian Trade Unions of Slovakia (Nezávislé kresťanské odbory Slovenska, NKOS [4]) and the General Free Trade Union Association (Všeobecný slobodný odborový zväz, VSOZ), led by the main negotiator Mr Gašperan. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Social partners address restructuring at national seminar

    On 1 October 2009, a National Seminar on Restructuring in Slovakia was held in the country’s capital city of Bratislava. The seminar was organised by the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO [1]) as a part of a series of national seminars on restructuring [2] organised in all EU Member States, at the request of the European Commission [3]. Almost 40 representatives of employers, government bodies, trade unions and research institutes participated in the seminar. The seminar discussion was based on a national background paper compiled by Ludovit Cziria from the Institute for Labour and Family Research (Inštitút pre výskum práce a rodiny, IVPR [4]) and Juraj Borgula from the Association of Mechanical Engineering (Zväz strojárskeho priemyslu Slovenskej republiky, ZSP SR [5]). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • New procedure for collective bargaining in services sector

    The Industry Agreement (/Industriavtalet/) was concluded between the social partners in the industry sector a decade ago, creating a method for wage formation in the manufacturing industry which has also become the norm for other sectors of the economy.
  • Working time accounts and short-time work used to maintain employment

    In November 2009, the Institute of Economic and Social Research (Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut, WSI [1]) within the Hans Böckler Foundation (Hans Böckler Stiftung, HBS [2]) published new findings (in German) [3] from a special WSI Works Council Survey on the effects of the economic crisis. The survey involved 2,324 works councils and was conducted between July and September 2009. Its results are representative for companies with 20 or more employees and a works council. The survey asked works councils whether the company was affected by the crisis and which measures had been taken to maintain employment and avoid forced dismissals. [1] [2] [3]
  • New trade union enhances representativeness of defence sector

    According to the Law on Defence in Slovenia, workers in the field of defence have the right to trade union organisation and activity in accordance with the regulations. This is not the case in all countries. The Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948, No. 87 [1] of the International Labour Organization (ILO [2]) states that the extent to which the guarantees provided for in this Convention shall apply to the armed forces and the police shall be determined by national laws or regulations. The armed forces and the police are the only classes that may be excluded under Convention No. 87 from the right to establish trade unions. [1] [2]
  • Road building company found in breach of labour law

    The Turkish construction company Mapa Cengiz, which is involved in the construction of the ‘Lyulin’ motorway close to Bulgaria’s capital city Sofia and the town of Pernik in western Bulgaria, has worked for about a year and a half without observing the country’s labour legislation. The motorway construction started at the end of 2007, with 75% of the project being financed through the European Union Instrument for Structural Policies for Pre-Accession (ISPA [1]) and 25% through the Bulgarian state. [1]
  • Employees and policyholders left in limbo after Aspis Pronoia licence suspended

    In September 2009, the Board of Directors of the Private Insurance Supervisory Committee (PISC [1]) unanimously decided to suspend the operating licence of the Aspis Pronia Group [2] – in particular, of the Aspis Pronoia General Insurance Company and the Aspis Pronoia Life Insurance Company. [1] [2]
  • Divergent social partner positions prior to 2010 bargaining round

    The recent report from the National Institute of Economic Research (Konjunkturinstitutet, KI [1]) entitled ‘/Wage formation in Sweden 2009/’ focuses on next year’s wage bargaining and the relations between wages and economic development. KI highlights the importance of a responsible wage formation in order to ease the effects of reduced employment levels and to avoid deepening the economic crisis. In 2010, about 500 out of 600 collective agreements will be renegotiated, covering 90% of the country’s total workforce. The majority of the national agreements have to be renegotiated before the end of March 2010. The bargaining round will be a huge challenge for the social partners in light of the ongoing recession and large tensions between the parties (*SE0910019I* [2]). [1] [2]
  • Citizens vote against change in legal status of La Poste

    Under a bill (in French) [1] transposing the European directive opening up the postal market to competition by 1 January 2011 (Directive 2002/39/EC [2]), the French postal operator La Poste [3] is to become a limited liability company (/Société anonyme/, SA) on 1 January 2010. This is to enable La Poste, currently a public establishment, to make the necessary preparations for a liberalised postal services market. Such a change in its legal status would make it possible to increase its capital by €2.7 billion, which includes €1.5 billion from the Deposit and Securities Fund (/Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations/, CDC [4]). The French postal operator has major debts, amounting to €6 billion, which is twice the amount of its own funds. Moreover, mail distributed by La Poste has diminished significantly – more specifically, by 6.3% during the first six months of 2009 – especially because of the drop in direct marketing by mail order companies. It is estimated that the volume of mail will fall by another 30% between now and 2015 due to competition from the internet. [1] [2] [3] [4]