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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)
26 January 2006
Portugal: agreement on work conditions at Autoeuropa
In order to obtain the construction of new Volkswagen models, and thus to maintain employment, employees of the Portuguese company Autoeuropa, a subsidiary of the group, have negotiated an agreement on moderate wages. (Ref. 0662)
25 January 2006
Denmark: next spring should be tough for workers
The liberal-conservative government is due to make its proposals for a pensions reform next February. Just 18 months after the lowering of the retirement age from 67 to 65 years old, political parties are willing to end the system of early retirements and to make Danes work longer. In the end, the entire social protection system could be overhauled. (Ref. 0660)
25 January 2006
Czech Republic: average salary should continue to rise firmly
Given the current pace of the economic growth, the head of the Czech-Moravian Confederation of Trade Unions, Milan Stech, said that the average salary in the Czech Republic should reach 27000 CZK (about 944 euros) by the year 2010 (compared to approximately 18000 CZK now or 629 euros). (Ref. 0665)
24 January 2006
Great Britain: Department for Work could offshore some of its divisions in India
The civil servants’ main trade union (PCS) revealed to the press a confidential report from the Ministry for Work and Pensions on the possibility of relocating to India its call-center activities, which employ thousands of people. According to the trade union, the divisions addressing the requests related to unemployment benefits would be specifically targeted. This trade union outcry forced the Department, already in delicacy with its personnel because of job cuts, to deny these projects. (Ref. 0659)
23 January 2006
Germany: IG-Metall aks for a 5% rise in wages
The branch of metallurgy and electronics, which employs some 3,4 million people in Germany, should be affected by an important wage conflict soon. Taking up the recommendations made by its regional tariff commissions, the direction of IG-Metall announced, Friday January 20, its claims for the wage negotiations to come. The trade union is thus demanding a 5% rise in wages for 2006, a collective agreement on permanent training and innovation, as well as a collective agreement on advantages being added to wages....