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This annual review, compiled in February 2010, looks at industrial relations developments in Cyprus during the course of 2009.
1. Political developments During 2009, the present Cyprus’s government, headed by the President of the Republic...
In 2009, Belgium continued to be affected by the economic downturn: unemployment within the country continued to increase and there were several large restructuring cases. After the implementation of a rescue plan for banks and for companie...
The economic crisis has led to a noticeable return to State intervention in economic and social matters. The State also continues to stimulate the independent action of the social partners by pursuing its policy of reforming labour law, wit...
This report reviews the present situation regarding the use of temporary agency work (TAW) in European Union Member States. It examines arrangements for social dialogue and collective bargaining at national level across the EU. It examines the role of collective bargaining in determining such matters as length of assignment, the use of TAW in strikes, and the proportion of agency workers allowed; it also examines the role of collective bargaining in determining equality of treatment in pay, training and other conditions of employment. In addition the report reviews other forms of regulation, and national variations, including the composition of companies in the field of TAW, its sectoral and occupational distribution, and the duration of temporary assignments.
The German Federation of Chemical Employers’ Associations (BAVC ) and
the Mining, Chemicals and Energy Industrial Union (IG BCE ) signed their
agreement (in German)  on working life and demography in April 2008. BAVC
and IG BCE stressed that, as a result of the need to remain competitive and
innovative, human resource management has gained greater importance in
chemical companies. In September 2010, representatives of BAVC and IG BCE,
among others, met to discuss the interim results of the agreement and future
On 29 October 2010, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
(CIPD ), the professional body for human resources managers, published
results (522Kb PDF)  from its summer 2010 quarterly online /Employee
The minimum wages for all Greek employees, in both the public and private
sectors, have been determined for many years through free collective
bargaining between the social partners. If the parties failed to reach an
agreement, help was sought from the Organisation for Mediation and
Arbitration (OMED ).
The Slovak economy appears to be recovering from the economic downturn. A
third-quarter forecast (in Slovakian, 1.1Mb PDF)  by the Slovak National
Bank (NBS ) in September 2010 said that gross domestic product (GDP) would
increase by 4.3% in 2010. According to the Slovak Statistical Office (ŠÚ SR
), industrial production in Slovakia increased by 22.6% and electricity
and gas supply by 13.9%, between 1 January and 31 August 2010, compared to
the same period in 2009. However, employment in several sectors in the
economy decreased in the same period, by:
In November 2010, the government extended the regional safety representatives
scheme to cover the hotels and restaurants sector and the cleaning industry.
The new regulations (in Norwegian)  are effective from 1 January 2011.
One in two workplaces covered by a collective agreement in the private sector
has a shop steward (workplace union members’ representative ) – a
number that is significantly higher in the public sector (91%).