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  • Committee proposes new measures to reduce sickness absenteeism

    On 6 November 2006, the committee of social partner representatives published its recommendations to reduce sickness absenteeism (in Norwegian, 437Kb PDF) [1] in Norwegian working life. As a result of the committee’s work, there will be no changes to the existing national sick pay scheme. The committee’s recommendations will serve as a basis for a proposal to be put before the Norwegian parliament (/Stortinget/) in the near future. [1]
  • Board censures employers for treatment of economically dependent workers

    The Estonian Tax and Customs Board (Maksu- ja Tolliamet [1]) has stated its disapproval of the actions of employers who force their employees to become formally self employed while continuing to work solely for the same employer. The board considers that this gives employers an unfair competitive advantage in the economy and puts employees at a disadvantaged position in the labour market. [1]
  • Draft statute for self-employed workers approved

    On 29 September 2006, the Union of Professionals and Self-Employed Workers (Unión de Profesionales y Trabajadores Autónomos, UPTA [1]), affiliated to the General Workers’ Confederation (Unión General de Trabajadores, UGT [2]) and the National Federation of Self-Employed Workers (Asociación de Trabajadores Autónomos, ATA [3]) have approved the Self-Employed Workers’ Statute, which was subsequently presented to the Council of Ministers as a draft bill for further discussion. However, the Spanish Federation of Self-Employed Workers (Federación Española de Autónomos, CEAT [4]), affiliated to the Spanish Confederation of Employer Organisations (Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales, CEOE [5]) and the Spanish Confederation of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (Confederación Española de la Pequeña y Mediana Empresa, CEPYME [6]) have rejected the draft. Moreover, the Trade Union Confederation of Workers’ Commissions (Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras, CC.OO [7]) has criticised some substantial aspects of the text and the bargaining process which based on consultation between the associations rather than the trade unions. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
  • Social partners sign new metalworking agreement

    During the night from 2 to 3 November 2006 – when the social partners in the metalworking industry met for the fourth bargaining round – the Union of Salaried Employees, Printing, Journalism and Paper (Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten, Druck, Journalismus, Papier, GPA-DJP [1]) and the Metalworking, Textiles and Food-Processing Union (Gewerkschaft Metall, Textil, Nahrung, GMTN [2]) on the employees’ side and the various branch subunits of the Chamber of the Economy (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, WKO [3]) on the employers’ side signed a new collective agreement covering about 180,000 metalworking employees. [1] [2] [3]
  • Strike over treatment of foreign workers at shipyard

    Around 3,000 workers employed by Aker Yards shipbuilding company, which is part of the Nowegian multinational Aker Group [1], and its subcontractors went on strike at the Turku shipyard against the treatment of workers and the level of wages paid to employees of foreign subcontractors. The government’s labour inspectors informed the local union division of the Finnish Metalworkers’ Union (Metallityöväen Liitto, Metalli [2]) that several foreign subcontractors do not respect the minimum working standards at the Turku shipyard. Various violations with regard to safety at work, healthcare services and working hours have been identified. One of the most striking cases at the yard related to a Lithuanian subcontractor paying just €1.51 per hour to their employees. Moreover, this subcontractor has failed both to provide insurance cover for employees and to keep records on work rosters. The dispute ended three days later when Aker Yards and the local trade union agreed that the company would guarantee that all subcontractors adhere to Finnish legislation and collective agreements in the industry. [1] [2]
  • Strike at Finnair over restructuring is settled by conciliation

    On the morning of 19 November 2006, cabin crew members of the Finnish national airline, Finnair, decided to take strike action when a proposal by the national conciliator, Juhani Salonius, to postpone the start of the strike was rejected by the trade unions. The dispute began when Finnair announced its intention to hire 500 new cabin crew members for its Asian routes through its associated Estonian company, Aero Airlines, which pays its cabin crew staff about 30% less than Finnair (*FI0609029I* [1]). Finnair’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jukka Hienonen, stated that the company aims to reduce its labour costs to the same level as its domestic competitors. To achieve this, Finnair wants to hire its new employees according to the employment terms of Aero Airlines. Mr Hienonen stated that Finnair needs new staff to cover its expanding Asian services and European connections. Moreover, he predicts that by 2011, Finnair’s Asian services could lead to the creation of 2,000 new jobs. [1]
  • Unions approve social plan in pharmaceutical plant closure

    On 28 June 2006, the American pharmaceutical group Ely Lilly [1], based in Indianapolis, announced the closure of three of its European plants: two of its research and development (R&D) centres located in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium, and in Hamburg, Germany, as well as its production plant in Basingstoke, United Kingdom. These closures will affect respectively 330, 150 and 450 staff members. All of these activities will be relocated to the company headquarters in the US. Thus, only two R&D centres will remain in Europe – Erl Wood in the UK and Alcobendas in Spain. [1]
  • Eurobarometer survey on European employment and social policy

    On 6 November 2006, the European Commission [1] published the results of a special Eurobarometer survey on ‘European employment and social policy’ in a summary (563Kb PDF) [2] and full report (1.05Mb PDF) [3]. The report focuses on European citizens’ perceptions of the European Union’s role in employment issues and social affairs (especially in relation to the European Social Fund and the topic of flexicurity), the employment situation of European citizens and their perception of labour market policies, job seeking and training. The survey was carried out in the 25 EU Member States and in the two acceding countries to the EU, Bulgaria and Romania, as well as in two candidate countries, Croatia and Turkey. [1] [2] [3]
  • Agreement on worker participation in European financial services company

    Allianz, one of the largest financial services providers in Europe, with more than 160,000 employees in over 70 countries worldwide, adopted the legal form of a European company [1] (/Societas Europea/SE/) by merging with its Italian subsidiary RAS (EU0511203N [2]). [1] [2]
  • Unions representing service station workers call for strike action

    The Federation of Allied Industries affiliated to the General Workers’ Confederation (Federación de Industrias Afines-Unión General de Trabajadores, FIA-UGT [1]) and the Federation of Textiles-Leather, Chemical and Allied Industries affiliated to the Trade Union Confederation of Workers’ Commissions (Federación de Industrias Textil-Piel, Químicas y Afines-Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras, FITEQA-CC.OO [2]) have accused the Spanish Confederation of Fuel Vendors (Agrupación Española de Vendedores por Menor de Carburantes y Combustibles, AEVECAR) and the Spanish Confederation of Service Station Entrepreneurs (Confederación de empresarios de estaciones de servicio, CEEES [3]) of hindering the bargaining process seven months into negotiations. [1] [2] [3]