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14 February 2006
Germany: Volkswagen could return to the 35 hours work-week
According to the German press of this weekend (Focus, Spiegel and Bildzeitung),Volkswagen’s management intends to negotiate with its work’s council a return to the 35 hours work-week (up from 28,8 hours currently) in its six “West German” factories, without wage compensation. A spokesman for VW refused to comment on these “speculations”, asserting that the management initially intended to start talks with staff representatives. (Ref. 06128)
14 February 2006
Germany: strike in public sector extended once again
The action which began on Monday February 6 in Bade Württemberg, was extended as from Monday, February 13 in Bavaria, Hamburg, Lower-Saxony, Rhineland north Westphalia and Rhineland Westphalia, Schleswig Holstein and Saxony. (Ref. 06125)
10 February 2006
Coca-Cola Company: employees demonstrate against a European restructuring plan
According to FGA-CFDT, in addition to the 142 job cuts announced in France, there would be 119 job cuts in Belgium, 170 in England, 140 in Greece and 65 in the Netherlands. The EFTUF reminds that “Coca-Cola is a company of European size, and has signed a charter with trade unions, guaranteeing the consultation of the European work’s council”. The European federation “denounces the lack of information from European authorities but also the failure to respect legal and contractual...
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)