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30 January 2006
Spain is ordered to modify its regulations involving private security activities
For the Cour of Justice, Spain has failed to fulfil its obligations (regarding art. 43 of the Treaty which guarantees freedom of establishment, and art. 49 which relates to freedom to provide services) by maintaining provisions on private security services which impose a series of requirements on foreign private security companies for the pursuit of their activities in Spain. (Ref. 0682)
30 January 2006
Great-Britain : CBI ends maternity leave support
The CBI has withdrawn its support for the government’s plan to extend the paid maternity leave from six months to nine. It has made this move because the government withdrew its plan to allow firms to pass the handling of maternity pay over to HM Revenue and Customs. (Ref. 0668)
27 January 2006
European social partners agree on a work programme for 2006-2008
On January 26, 2006, in Brussels, negotiation teams of European employers (Unice/UAPME and CEEP) and the European Confederation of trade unions (ETUC) agreed, at a meeting of the committee for social dialogue, on a work agenda proposal for the period fall 2006-2008. (Réf. 0670)
25 January 2006
Great Britain: incapacity benefits will be severely limited
The work and pensions secretary has announced the main measures of a forthcoming reform of incapacity benefit (IB). IB is due to the sick, the handicapped and people in incapacity: the government wants to put back to work 1 million of the 2,7 million recipients of the incapacity benefit (IB) in order to save 7 billion Pounds (more than 10 billion euros) per year. The total cost of social security benefits is 12,5 billion Pounds per year (more than 18 billion euros). (Ref. 0664)