Europe – Conference on restructuring in the public sector organized by the CESI

June 25, 2015

Conference organised by the European Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (Cesi) on Restructuring in the public sector will be held on the 25-26 June in Dublin. More information can be found here: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_event/field_ef_documents/cesi_programme_ic_2015_dublin.pdf


Italy – Study shows that the use of temporary labour depends also on the capacity of trade unions

June 25, 2015

A comparison of two plants of the same US automotive multinational corporation was conducted by Pulignano and Signoretti and published recently in the British Journal of Industrial Relations. The authors argue that the differences in the use of temporary labour are explained by union capacities to make trade-offs between alternative forms of flexibility as well […]


Greece – Regional employment patterns and restructuring under recession

June 25, 2015

Gilais and Tsampra wrote the article «The diverse regional patterns of atypical employment in Greece: Production restructuring, re/deregulation and flexicurity under crisis» published in Geoforum of June. This paper addresses the diverse pre- and post-crisis regional patterns of atypical employment in Greece, with a focus on temporary waged employment. This article can be accessed at […]


Spain- Basque Superior Court declares redundancies invalid because against Directive

June 25, 2015

The Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country has just applied jurisprudence. The case concerns a company with more than 3,000 employees which decided to make 12 of the 77 employees at one establishment redundant. Under Spanish law, this does not constitute a collective redundancy because, given the workforce size, the minimum number of […]


Portugal – Campaign raises awareness on the importance of timely payment

June 25, 2015

The Portuguese Association of Christian Managers and Entrepreneurs (ACEGE) has launched the campaign «Commitment timely payment», counting on the support of public and private agencies like the public agency for the development of SMEs (IAPMEI) and the Portuguese Entrepreneurial Confederation (CIP). Based on recent studies conclusions which estimate that about 75% of Portuguese companies have […]


Europe – Eurofound announces sustainable work has a research priority

June 25, 2015

According to the Eurofound, work must be made sustainable over the life course. Identifying and analysing the factors and actions underpinning sustainable work throughout working life is a research priority for Eurofound in the 2013–2016 programming period. The framework for understanding the rather expansive concept of sustainable work is discussed here: http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/sites/default/files/ef_publication/field_ef_document/ef1519en.pdf


World – Article sustains that labor flexibility has a positive effect on innovation

June 11, 2015

Researchers from the Athens University of Economics and Business have recently published an article in the scientific journal Industrial and Corporate Change focused on the relation between labor flexibility and innovation in new ventures. Results suggest that functional flexibility has a positive direct effect on incremental innovation. This article can be found here: http://icc.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/05/09/icc.dtv019.abstract


Spain – Collective dismissals in public bodies must now demonstrate more than budgetary reasons

June 11, 2015

According to the IR Notes, the Spanish supreme court has delivered a decision concerning collective dismissals which states that it is not sufficient for public bodies to demonstrate that they are faced by a budgetary deficit or a reduction in their revenues of 5% over the year or of 7% over the past two years […]


Bulgaria – Government increases minimum wage to 190 euros against business interests

June 11, 2015

The Bulgarian government will raise the minimum wage to 190 euro on July 1. This measure got controversial reactions. The Supreme Administrative Court had canceled the decision of the Council of Ministers because of the lack of approval by the tripartite council, but the government insisted in the measure and discussed it with the social […]


UK – The labour market statistics still show an increase of employment

June 11, 2015

The British Office for National Statistics has released in May the Labour Market Statistics. Comparing with the previous quarter there are more 202,000 jobs in the UK. Besides employment and unemployment statistics, this bulletin also presents other data that can be consulted here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_402319.pdf