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26 June 2006
Lego: no layoff in Denmark before 2007
The manufacturer of Danish toys announced, Tuesday June 20, the relocation of a great part of its production to Eastern Europe and Mexico. This is the last stage of a reorganization plan launched in 2004 in order to exit a historical crisis. Lego, which employed 8300 people throughout in the world in 2003, will have only 3000 employees after this...
23 June 2006
Great Britain : Historical strike threatens Wal-Mart’s subsidiary company
For several weeks, the anger has been growing in the warehouses of Asda supermarkets, subsidiary of Wal-mart and number one supermarket chain in Great Britain. After several weeks of failing negotiations and threats from both sided, the unionized employees (the only ones allowed to decide under British law) voted to go on strike, on June 21. (Réf. 06645)
23 June 2006
Germany: wage agreement in the banking sector
After a marathon-negotiation, the trade union Ver.di and the employers concluded, during the night of 21 to 22 June, a wage agreement for the 240 000 employees of the German private and public banks . The compromise was welcomed by banks and analysts. (Réf. 06644)
23 June 2006
Germany: over 30 000 jobs threatened at Volkswagen, according to “Der Spiegel”
According to the daily newspaper “Der Spiegel” (published on 19th June), Horst Neumann, Human Resources director at Volkswagen, admitted for the first time to employee representatives that over 30 000 jobs could be cut in the automobile group, i.e. 10 000 more than previously envisaged. The information was denied by the management. (Ref. 06634)
22 June 2006
Allianz will cut 7500 jobs in Germany
Despite record profits, the largest German insurer, Allianz, announced on June 22 in Munich the suppression by 2008 of approximately 5000 jobs in the insurance activity in Germany and 2480 jobs in its banking subsidiary company Dresdner Bank, as part of a massive reorganization plan. In reaction, the trade union Ver.di announced warning strikes. (Réf. 06642)
21 June 2006
Netherlands: social unrest in the national railways company
An major conflict is likely at NS Reizigers, a branch of Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the national railways company, which handles the interior passenger traffic. Management intends to increase the service without hiring more workers. Trade unions refuse this. (Ref. 06633)
21 June 2006
Cyprus: a practical guide for Eastern European workers
The Cyprus Federation of Hotel employees has published a booklet intended for Czechs, Slovaks and Poles who come to work in the country. This guide details the collective agreement for employees of the hotels and restaurants sector. (Ref. 06632)