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  • Conflict of interests at Construcţii Aeronautice SA

    Construcţii Aeronautice SA Ghimbav (Braşov) has about 150 employee [1] s. They unanimously decided to stop work at 08.00 on 15 September , without going through the lawful stages preliminary to calling a state of a conflict of interests. [1]
  • Unions use World Day for Decent Work to put forward wage claims

    The National Trade Union Confederation Cartel Alfa (Confederaţia Naţională Sindicală Cartel Alfa, Cartel Alfa [1]), the National Confederation of Free Trade Union Fraternity of Romania (Confederaţia Naţională a Sindicatelor Libere din România Frăţia, CNSLR Fratia [2]), the National Trade Union Bloc (Blocul Naţional Sindical, BNS [3]), and the Confederation of Democratic Trade Unions in Romania (Confederaţia Sindicatelor Democratice din România, CSDR), affiliated to the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC [4]), called two debates, and invited representatives of the Presidential Administration (Administraţia Prezidenţială [5]), the Government of Romania (Guvernul României [6]), employer organisations [7], and representatives of civil society [8] organisations to attend. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
  • Controversy over teachers’ pay rises

    Government Ordinance no. 15/2008 provided for pay rises for teaching staff in the state education system of 6% from 1 April 2008, and another 6% from 1 October 2008. However, the Chamber of Deputies (Camera Deputaţilor [1]) – the lower house of parliament – passed a law (Law no. 221/2008) amending this government ordinance and providing for pay increases of 50% for teaching staff below university level and 74% for university teaching staff, with effect from 1 October 2008. Parliamentary elections are to be held on 30 November. [1]
  • Employer organisations seek response to economic crisis

    On 4 November 2008, the Employer Confederation of Romanian Industry (Confederaţia Patronală din Industria României CONPIROM, CONPIROM [1]/)/ hosted a round-table meeting on how Romanian industry can achieve prosperity and competitiveness in the European Union (EU [2]), in the context of the current global financial crisis and economic downturn. [1] [2]
  • Launch of national strategy on health and safety at work 2008–2013

    In Europe, health and safety [1] at work policies aim to protect workers’ lives, physical, mental and social integrity and well-being against occupational accidents and diseases [2]. [1] [2]
  • Employers unite to form new alliance

    In 2004, Romanian employer [1] s were represented through 12 organisations recognised as representative in the terms of Law no. 130/1996, regarding collective agreements. [1]
  • EU initiatives for employment of third-country nationals

    The free movement of workers [1] is a fundamental principle of the European Union. A European Commission [2] Communication of 18 November 2008 [3] on the impact of the free movement of workers in the context of EU enlargement has found that mobile workers who joined the EU in 2004 and 2007 have had a positive impact on Member States’ economies and that they have not led to disturbances in their respective labour markets. In a press release [4] issued on the same date, the Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Vladimír Špidla, welcomed the report and called for the remaining restrictions on the free movement of labour to be lifted. He believes that this would ‘not only make economic sense, but would also help reduce problems such as undeclared work and bogus self-employment’. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Socially responsible enterprises honoured in awards ceremony

    [1] [2] [3] In [4] April 2008, the first Lithuanian National Responsible Business Awards were made to nine companies, as part of a joint initiative by the Ministry of Social Security and Labour (Socialinės apsaugos ir darbo ministerija, SADM [5]) and the United Nations Development Programme in Lithuania. The awards, made in three categories (Socially Responsible Enterprise, Workplace of the Year and Partner of the Year), honour the enterprises that are considered to have contributed most to the creation and enhancement of social welfare and the tackling of social problems. ‘These are the enterprises whose activities evidence their sincere commitment to act transparently and fairly in respect of employees, society, environment and state, and which voluntarily contribute more than is required by the law’, according to a press release from the Ministry of Social Security and Labour. [1] cb_showModalDialog('/popup.php?ru=bS9tX2ltYWdlcy9hZG1pbi9mX2ltZ19wcmV2aWV3X3BvcHVwLnBocA==&show_big_img=1&m_images_id=870', 1018, 690);void(0); [2] cb_showModalDialog('/popup.php?ru=bS9tX2ltYWdlcy9hZG1pbi9mX2ltZ19wcmV2aWV3X3BvcHVwLnBocA==&show_big_img=1&m_images_id=870', 1018, 690);void(0); [3] cb_showModalDialog('/popup.php?ru=bS9tX2ltYWdlcy9hZG1pbi9mX2ltZ19wcmV2aWV3X3BvcHVwLnBocA==&show_big_img=1&m_images_id=870', 1018, 690);void(0); [4] cb_showModalDialog('/popup.php?ru=bS9tX2ltYWdlcy9hZG1pbi9mX2ltZ19wcmV2aWV3X3BvcHVwLnBocA==&show_big_img=1&m_images_id=870', 1018, 690);void(0); [5]
  • Social partners adopt a united approach to achieving gender equality

    The National Council on Equality between Women and Men to the Council of Ministers welcomed the discussions which took place during a meeting on 19 November. Participants in the discussion included nationally representative employer and trade union organisations, nongovernmental organisations, representatives of the management of the National Statistic Institute (NSI), National Social Security Institute (NSSI), state agencies and deputy ministers of all ministries dealing with issues related to equality between women and men.
  • Unions oppose government plan to restructure railways

    In mid-August 2008, the Minister of Transport, Costis Hatzidakis, presented a plan for restructuring of the state-owned Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE). According to the Minister, OSE’s future operation is endangered by: financial problems and increasing deficits; mismanagement and waste; and safety concerns, following recent derailment incidents. The restructuring plan seeks to address these problems through measures aimed at achieving safety, transparency, financial recovery and growth at OSE. The plan should be fully implemented and operational by the end of 2010. The key measures are as follows: