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2 March 2006
Germany : First warning strikes take place in the metal industry
Workers in the metal industry of Bade Württemberg went on strike for the first time this year, as a warning. German employees are allowed to organize short strikes, often a few hours a day, to influence negotiations between trade unions and managers. (Ref.06198)
1 March 2006
Germany : electoral campaign for work councils is launched
On 28 February 2006, the minister for Work and Social Affairs, Franz Müntefering, launched the official campaign for the work councils elections (Betriebsratswahlen 2006) that will take place on March 31st and April 1St. (Ref. 06192)
1 March 2006
Germany: after 40 days of strike, an agreement is concluded at AEG
After several hours of negotiations and five weeks of strike, the trade union IG Metall and the management of AEG, a subsidiary of Electrolux, worked out an agreement to compensate the 1750 employees threatened with redundancy. The Swedish group Electrolux, number one in the world for electric household appliances, had announced last December the shut-down of the AEG site in Nuremberg in 2007 at the latest, and the relocation of production in Poland and Italy. (Réf. 06191)
27 February 2006
Hungary : will regional service centers stay here?
Hungary is a leading destination for companies establishing regional service centers: increasingly, multinationals are moving their IT, bookkeeping, financial and call-center operations to Hungary.
23 February 2006
Belgium: employers call for firms to make diversity a reality
On February 22, 2006, Jean-Claude Daoust, president of the Federation of Belgian companies, launched a call entitled “diversity, a winning asset” to sensitize companies to open their doors to workers of foreign origin and to avoid a legislative intervention on the matter. (Réf. 01672)
23 February 2006
Austria : Austrian railways workers will strike on March 3.
At 13:00 the result of the public opinion poll will be presented at the central meeting and will be transferred to European Transport Ministers as well. Among the subjects of the ministers’ informal meeting : road transport safety and the draft regulation on public passanger transport services by road and rail. With this action, trade unions want to raise awareness among European citizens about the lack of social dimension in the EU’s transport policy.