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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)
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)