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For safety reasons, the Parisian department store La Samaritaine closed down
on 30 April 2005; the site is due to reopen in 2011 (*FR0508101N* ). The
closure was decided by the Louis Vuitton – Moët Hennessy (LVMH ) group,
which has owned the store since 2001. The LVMH group decision took both
employees and trade unions by surprise – especially the French Christian
Workers’ Confederation (Confédération française des travailleurs
chrétiens, CFTC ), which was the majority trade union at the department
On 3 September 2007, the social partners in the catering and tourism sector
concluded an annex to the pay-related part of the collective agreement for
this sector. The negotiations began in February 2007. At the outset, strong
disagreements emerged among the negotiating parties over the pay rise. The
trade unions demanded a basic pay rise of 2.5% from 1 July 2007, but the
employers rejected this request.
On 22 June 2007, euroscript – a division of the content management company
euroscript International  – learnt that it had lost a significant part
of the service contract with its main client, the Office for Official
Publications of the European Communities (Publications Office ). The
Publications Office had decided to award the contract for the next five years
to a French company instead. The latter had made a more competitive offer by
submitting a quotation 40% below that of euroscript for the same services.
From 28 February to 10 April 2007, a strike took place at the PSA Peugeot
Citroën  car manufacturing plant in Aulnay-sous-Bois in the northeastern
suburbs of Paris.
The French-owned Auchan Group  has been operating in Italy since 1989. The
Italian division was consolidated in 1996 through the purchase of 49% of the
shares of the Rinascente Group. Rinascente, owned by the Agnelli family who
founded the Fiat Group, is a well-established retail chain comprising many
supermarkets and department stores throughout Italy. However, in 2004, the
alliance between Auchan and Rinascente broke down due to financial
difficulties within the Fiat Group (see, for example, *IT0405205F* ,
In a context of changing labour markets and high unemployment, the boundaries
between dependent employment and self-employment have become increasingly
blurred in recent years. This process has led to a growing interest in
‘economically dependent workers’ – workers who do not have a standard
employment contract but depend on a single employer for their income. Against
this background, a significant proportion of Bulgaria’s active population
may come under the category of economically dependent workers, due to the
prevalence of non-standard employment contracts in the country.
Demographic challenges such as increasing retirement and declining fertility
rates affect labour force growth in many developed countries. Better labour
market inclusion of women and low-skilled workers may help to maintain the
size and productivity of the workforce.
The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos
Respublikos Švietimo ir mokslo ministerija, SMM ) commissioned a study on
the state of informal adult education in Lithuania in 2005. The research
aimed to analyse the prevalence of informal adult education and the attitude
of employers towards such training. In the context of the study, informal
adult education was defined as learning designed to improve professional
qualifications and participation in various informal self-education courses
such as arts, foreign languages or computer literacy.
In early 2003, the Flemish Social and Economic Council (Sociaal-Economische
Raad Vlaanderen, SERV ) committed itself to developing a Flemish
Workability Monitor  on the quality of work. The workability monitor is a
measurement system, which is designed to follow up on the policy agreements
made in the Vilvoorde Pact (in Dutch, 1.04Mb PDF)  on improving the
quality of work (see report The Flemish workability monitor: A broad focus on
quality of work (271Kb PDF) ). The first measurement was conducted in 2004
and the data obtained were representative of sex, age and sector.
The National Confederal Assistance Centre (Istituto Nazionale Confederale di
Assistenza, Inca-Cgil ) is the social security assistance service of the
largest Italian trade union, the General Confederation of Italian Workers
(Confederazione Generale Italiana del Lavoro, Cgil ). Inca-Cgil
commissioned a report entitled /Work accidents and occupational diseases
among migrant workers/ (‘Il fenomeno infortunistico e tecnopatico nei
lavoratori stranierii (in Italian, 117Kb PDF) ’), which summarises the
main results of available data sources on the health of migrant workers based
on surveys carried out since 2000.