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  • Article
    1 December 2008

    On 28–30 October, workers of the Fiat Group [1] took part in a ballot on
    the bargaining platform for the renewal of the group’s complementary
    agreement for the period 2009–2012. The trade unions involved include the
    Italian Federation of White and Blue-collar Metalworkers (Federazione
    Impiegati Operai Metallurgici, Fiom-Cgil [2]), the Italian Metalworkers’
    Federation (Federazione Italiana Metalmeccanici, Fim-Cisl [3]) and the
    Italian Metalworkers’ Union (Unione Italiana Lavoratori Metalmeccanici,
    Uilm-Uil [4]). The unions have been preparing for these negotiations at a
    time when the automobile industry is undergoing a difficult period, in light
    of the current global economic downturn.

    [1] http://www.fiatgroup.com/
    [2] http://www.fiom.cgil.it/
    [3] http://www.fim.cisl.it/
    [4] http://www.uil.it/uilm/

  • Article
    1 December 2008

    The energy supplier Eandis [1] and the supermarket chain Carrefour [2] both
    have a strong trade union presence and long tradition of company bargaining.
    This has allowed the trade unions in both companies to bargain for additional
    company wage settlements alongside the sectoral minimum wage agreements.
    Although both companies are known for their favourable working conditions,
    the representative trade unions have been confronted with managerial
    initiatives seeking to circumvent these conditions.

    [1] http://www.eandis.be/
    [2] http://www.carrefour.com/

  • Article
    1 December 2008

    Firefighters and police officers are demanding an increase in their current
    earnings by 4% and pay rises for civilian employees. Moreover, firefighters
    demand to be ranked in a higher category of risk – and thus to receive the
    corresponding additional payment – than police officers and other members
    of the security forces.

  • Article
    1 December 2008

    On 7 September 2008, one of the country’s biggest national trade union
    federations, the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions
    (Českomoravská konfederace odborových svazů, ČMKOS [1]), announced that
    trade unions would be expecting a wage increase of at least 8% in the private
    sector in 2009. The statement was made by the Deputy Chair of ČMKOS,
    Jaroslav Zavadil, in a discussion on Czech television.

    [1] http://www.cmkos.cz/

  • Article
    1 December 2008

    On 3 September 2008, the employer association for the metal and electrical
    industry in Baden-Württemberg (Verband der Metall- und Elektorindustrie
    Baden-Württemberg, Südwestmetall [1]) and the German Metalworkers’ Union
    (Industriegewerkschaft Metall, IG Metall [2]) agreed on a new collective
    agreement on partial retirement. The agreement covers about 800,000 employees
    in the /Land/ (region) of Baden-Württemberg in southwest Germany. It will
    come into effect on 1 January 2010 and cannot be cancelled for the first time
    before 31 January 2016.

    [1] http://www.suedwestmetall.de/swm/webswm.nsf/id/DE_Home
    [2] http://www.igmetall.de/cps/rde/xchg/internet

  • Article
    1 December 2008

    The Italian airline company Alitalia [1] has been in the midst of an economic
    crisis for many years. As a result, Italy’s then centre-left government
    headed by the former Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, decided to sell the
    company to the best buyer in accordance with a European procedure.

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

  • Article
    1 December 2008

    In July 2008, in the context of the monitoring and control mechanism for the
    implementation of the legislation on equality by means of collective
    agreements, the Women’s Bureau of the Pancyprian Federation of Labour
    (Παγκύπρια Εργατική Ομοσπονδία, PΕΟ [1]), set up
    by PEO in September 2004, completed a study entitled /Equality between women
    and men in collective labour agreements/. The results of the study were
    officially presented on 3 November 2008.

    [1] http://www.peo.org.cy/

  • Article
    1 December 2008

    In October 2008, the Norwegian Tariff Board (Tariffnemnda [1]) approved the
    extension of collective agreements in a new case put forward by the Norwegian
    Confederation of Trade Unions (Landsorganisasjonen i Norge, LO [2]). The
    trade union confederation claims to have evidence which proves that foreign
    workers in the shipyard industry are subject to poorer wage and working
    conditions than their Norwegian counterparts. The decision was made after
    several postponements aeuro" the last one occurring in June 2008, when the
    Tariff Board called for a review of the Act relating to the general
    application of wage agreements (in Norwegian) [3] and the administrative
    provisions in light of recent developments in case law and legal practice in
    the European Court of Justice (ECJ [4]).

    [1] http://www.regjeringen.no/en/dep/aid/About-the-Ministry/tilknyttede_virksomheter/tariffnemnda.html?id=85823
    [2] http://www.lo.no/
    [3] http://www.lovdata.no/cgi-wift/wiftldles?doc=/usr/www/lovdata/all/nl-19930604-058.html&emne=allmenngj¢ring*&&
    [4] http://curia.europa.eu/

  • Article
    1 December 2008

    A new Working Environment Act (2.09Mb PDF) [1] (/Arbeidslivets lover/) was
    implemented in Norway in 2006 ensuring the rights of employees in
    reorganisation processes. During reorganisation processes that involve
    significant changes for the employees’ working situation, the employer
    shall ensure the provision of necessary information to employees,
    participation of employees in the process and competence development to meet
    the requirements of a fully satisfactory working environment. This new act
    motivated the Norwegian Labour Inspection Authority (Arbeidstilsynet [2]) to
    develop guidelines for organisations to promote healthy change processes.

    [1] http://www.arbeidstilsynet.no/binfil/download.php?tid=42156
    [2] http://www.arbeidstilsynet.no/c26840/artikkel/vis.html?tid=29289

  • Article
    1 December 2008

    A report entitled Talent not tokenism (1.2Mb PDF) [1] was published in June
    2008 by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI [2]) and the Trades Union
    Congress (TUC [3]), in conjunction with the UK independent statutory body the
    Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC [4]). The report aims to highlight
    the business benefits of developing workplace policies that seek to promote
    equality and diversity. It emphasises how businesses can achieve increased
    employee satisfaction, a better understanding of customer needs, and solve
    skills shortages through the adoption of such policies.

    [1] http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/forbusinessesandorganisation/Documents/Talent_not_Tokenism.pdf
    [2] http://www.cbi.org.uk/
    [3] http://www.tuc.org.uk/
    [4] http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/Pages/default.aspx