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  • Article
    20 Aralık 2006

    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] http://odin.dep.no/filarkiv/297065/Sykefravarsutvrapport.pdf

  • Article
    20 Aralık 2006

    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] http://www.emta.ee/?lang=en

  • Article
    20 Aralık 2006

    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] http://www.upta.es/default.aspx
    [2] http://www.ugt.es
    [3] http://www.autonomos-ata.com/
    [4] http://www.ceat.org.es/
    [5] http://www.ceoe.es/
    [6] http://www.cepyme.es/
    [7] http://www.ccoo.es

  • Article
    20 Aralık 2006

    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] http://www.gpa-djp.at/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=GPA/Page/Index&n=GPA_0
    [2] http://www.gmtn.at/
    [3] http://portal.wko.at/wk/startseite.wk

  • Article
    20 Aralık 2006

    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] http://www.akerasa.com/omoss.cfm?setlanguage=3
    [2] http://www.metalliliitto.fi/portal/english/

  • Article
    20 Aralık 2006

    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] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/restructuring-dispute-at-finnair

  • Article
    20 Aralık 2006

    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] http://www.lilly.com

  • Article
    20 Aralık 2006

    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] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/european-commission
    [2] http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/news/2006/nov/euro_baro_summary_en.pdf
    [3] http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/news/2006/nov/euro_baro_report_en.pdf

  • Article
    20 Aralık 2006

    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] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/european-company
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/allianz-to-become-european-company

  • Article
    20 Aralık 2006

    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] http://fia.ugt.org/
    [2] http://www.fiteqa.ccoo.es/index2.html
    [3] http://www.mundopetroleo.com/asociaciones/ceees/ceees.asp?cod=255