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9 February 2006
Germany: strike worsens in public services
For the first time in fourteen years, a major social conflict has touched the German public sector. After Bade Württemberg (Ref. 06101), Saar is now affected by the strike. (Ref. 06111)
9 February 2006
Germany: negotiations fail again at AEG
Negotiations between the trade union IG Metall and the management of AEG, a subsidiary of Electrolux, have failed again. The two sides did not manage, on Wednesday February 8, to agree on the compensations for the 1750 employees involved with the closing of the factory. Talks are due to resume on Thursday. (Ref. 06112)
8 February 2006
France: thousands demonstrate against a new flexible job contract for youngsters
Around 300.000 people –mostly young- took to the streets in France on February 7th to protest against a draft law creating a very flexible job contract for people under 26 years old. The so-called “first-job contract” has been submitted to Parliament. The government wants to lower the youngsters’ unemployment rate (currently 23%) by putting less constraints on employers. (Ref. 06114)
7 February 2006
Germany: wage negotiations begin in the metal industry
The German employers’ federation of the metal industry (Gesamtmetall) and the IG Metall trade union launched, on February 7, 2006, wage negotiations in this area which employs some 3,4 million employees. (Ref. 06106)
6 February 2006
Germany: press review- January 30 to February 3, 2006
The debate over the government’s announcement to anticipate the raising of the retirement age to 67, and the labour dispute which is brewing in the German public sector because of the increase in working hours, dominated the German social news last week. (Ref. 06101)
6 February 2006
Germany: the conflict continues at AEG in Nuremberg
The social conflict at AEG, subsidiary of Electrolux, looks like it is going to last. Negotiations between the management of the firm and trade unions were again stopped Thursday evening. They were due to resume on Saturday. Confronted with increasing competition on its markets, the Swedish group Electrolux – number one in the world for electric household appliances- announced last December the closing of the AEG site in Nuremberg at the end of 2007 and the relocation of the production in Poland and Italy....
1 February 2006
Romania: trade unions unhappy with the draft directive on services
In a few days, the European Parliament will give its opinion on the draft Bolkestein Directive. The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) will organize, on February 14 in Strasbourg, a huge demonstration which should gather trade-union organizations from old, new and future Europe. It is interesting to notice that the country of origin principle also raises concerns among trade-union organizations in new and future Europe. (Ref. 0680)
30 January 2006
Great Britain : press review- January 23rd to 27th 2006
Governmental plans to offshore Department for Work and Pensions’ call-centers, and major overhaul for the Incapacity Benefits (IB) system, were very interesting issues for the British press this week. It is unusual for British papers to deal with social matters so much. (Ref. 0676)