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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....
23 January 2006
Italy: press review January 12th to 19th 2006
The renewal of the collective agreement for metalworkers dominated the social scene last week. After the blockade of the country, which led to the reopening of negotiations, the conflict ended with the conclusion of an agreement between government and the two sides of industry, in the early morning of January 19. Of course, the press followed the marathon of negotiations, stage by stage, and commented on the situation. (Ref. 0651)
23 January 2006
Germany: press review- January 14 to 19, 2006
The conference on joint management, which took place in Bitburg, has quite interested the press this week. It fed discussions that are currently agitating the country, involving this method of workers’ participation. (Ref. 0648)
19 January 2006
Italy : metalworkers block the country
Metalworkers organized a blockade of the country’s air and rail traffic routes on Janurary 17th. The three trade unions had organized this day of industrial action. (Ref 0642).
16 January 2006
Great Britain: TUC Conference “Discrimination Law in 2006”
The Annual TUC- Discrimination Law Conference will be held on Friday 20th 2006. Leading lawyers review legal developments over the past year and likely trends in the coming year. This conference enables participants to identify cases which can be won as a result of recent European and domestic legal decisions on discrimination.
16 January 2006
Great Britain : number one for unpaid overtime
According to the TUC trade union, near 5 million British employees work 7 overtime hours per week, the equivalent of a day, without being paid. The TUC takes these numbers from a governmental report. In 2005, these 36 millions unpaid overtime hours amounted to a 23 billion Pounds (34 billion Euros) loss of income for employees. (Ref 0633)
13 January 2006
Scandinavian trade unions act against social dumping
Starting January 19th, a Polish company will be affected by a union-lead blockade because it refuses to sign the sector’s Swedish collective agreement. A repetition of what happened to a Latvian company in Waxholm, and that lead to a lawsuit currently pending at the CJEC. This jurisdiction will have to deal with yet an other case of social dumping, involving the Finnish union of seamen.