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Although part-time employment remains one of the most common flexible forms
of employment in Cyprus, it appears to have been on the decline over the past
two years (*CY0601101F* ). According to data from the Statistical Service
of Cyprus (Στατιστική Υπηρεσία της Κυπριακής
Δημοκρατίας, CYSTAT ), based on /Labour Force Survey/ (LFS)
data for the 2006 reference year, part-time employment declined from 8.9% in
2005 to 7.7% in 2006. In terms of gender distribution, the decrease in
part-time employment was greater among women, amounting to almost two
percentage points of a drop when it declined from 14% of women working part
time in 2005 to 12.1% in 2006.
Up until the end of September 2007, the gross monthly minimum wage in
Slovakia was SKK 7,600 (€230 as at 9 November 2007) and the gross hourly
minimum wage was SKK 43.70 (€1.33). The Decree of the Slovakian Government
No. 540 of 28 September 2006 had raised the previous gross monthly minimum
wage by SKK 700 (€21) (SK0611039I ). At that time, the minimum wage
increased by more than 10% and was SKK 1,850 (€56) higher than the gross
subsistence minimum, which was set at SKK 5,750 (€174) on 1 July 2006.
The Hungarian government has arrived at one of the most crucial points in
implementing its proposed reforms (HU0609029I ): the restructuring of the
state-run pension system. Although compulsory private pension funds were
introduced in 1996, older generations remained in the public pay-as-you-go
system (see the Hungarian contribution (69Kb, MS Word doc)  to the EIRO
comparative study on Occupational pensions and industrial relations ). The
government has to make decisions on increasing the official retirement age,
review early retirement options, and devise new methods of calculating
pensions and pension increments. The state-run pension system is accumulating
a substantial deficit each year, which will probably increase in future years
due to Hungary’s ageing population.
Budapest Transport Company (Budapest Közlekedési Vállalat, BKV ) is
responsible for providing public transport services for Budapest, a city of
nearly two million inhabitants, and for a further half a million commuters.
BKV employs almost 13,000 people and carries about seven million passengers a
day. It operates five branches – including bus, tram, metro and
underground, suburban railway and trolley bus – in an integrated network
system. The company is 100% owned by the local authority of Budapest.
A Trades Union Congress (TUC ) report, Time to tackle the training divide
(734Kb PDF)  – published in August 2007 – examines training patterns
in UK workplaces. The research draws on data from the UK Labour Force Survey
(LFS) and from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
The Institute for Public Health (Institutul de Sănătate Publică
Bucureşti, ISPB ) has recently published a study on work-related
diseases, entitled /Occupational morbidity in Romania in 2006/ [Morbiditatea
profesională în România în 2006 (in Romanian, 1.1Mb PDF) ], based on
annual data reported by occupational doctors. Between 1996 and 2006,
statistical data reveal a generally decreasing trend in the number of new
cases of diseases and in the incidence of occupational illnesses.
 http://www.protectiamuncii.ro/pdfs/Lucrare BP 2006.pdf
A survey on Self-reported work-related health problems from the Oslo Health
Study  was published in September 2006 in the scientific journal
/Occupational Medicine/ by researchers from the National Institute of
Occupational Health in Norway (Statens arbeidsmiljøinstitutt, Stami ).
The study aimed to examine the occurrence of work-related health problems and
their impact on the total burden of ill-health among Oslo citizens aged 30,
40 and 45 years.
This issue of Foundation Findings deals with flexicurity in Europe. Flexicurity is a policy approach that attempts to combine flexibility of labour markets for employers and security of employment for employees. Foundation Findings provide pertinent background information and policy pointers for all actors and interested parties engaged in the current European debate on the future of social policy. The contents are based on Foundation research and reflect its autonomous and tripartite structure.
On 3 October 2007, a request for mediation services was submitted by the
trade unions the Local Authority Workers’ and Employees’ Trade Union
(Συντεχνία Ημικρατικών, Δημοτικών και
Κοινοτικών Εργατοϋπαλλήλων Κύπρου, SIDIKEK),
affiliated to the Pancyprian Federation of Labour (Παγκύπρια
Εργατική Ομοσπονδία, PΕΟ ), and the Cyprus Airways
Employees’ Trade Union (SYNYKA), affiliated to the Cyprus Workers’
Confederation (Συνομοσπονδία Εργαζομένων
Κύπρου, SΕΚ ). The request was submitted to the Ministry of Labour
and Social Insurance (Υπουργείου Εργασίας και
Κοινωνικών Ασφαλίσεων, MILSA ) in relation to a labour
dispute over the allegedly one-sided decision by the national airline Cyprus
Airways  to enter into an agreement with Swissport /GAP Vassilopoulos
(Cyprus) Ltd . The agreement concerns the creation of a joint venture
seeking to obtain one of the licences for ground and ramp-handling services,
to be awarded by the strategic investor at Larnaka and Pafos Airports.