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Europe - Maternity leave proposals rejected

21 June 2011

The government has welcomed moves to shelve European Union (EU) maternity leave plans which would have cost the Treasury an extra 2.5 billion Pounds a year, The Independent newspaper reports.
EU ministers meeting in Luxembourg decided by a majority to ditch proposals to extend minimum maternity...

Germany - Economic expectations considerably lower

21 June 2011

The Economic Sentiment Index for Germany, published today, by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) has dropped by 12.1 points in June 2011. The index now stands at -9.0 points. This value is below the indicator's historical average of 26.3 points.

To the fall in the index may well be due to...

Switzerland - GDP forecast to grow by +2.8%

21 June 2011

This year, the Swiss economy is forecast to grow by +2.8%. This is based on increased exports (+5.4%), a stable consumption growth (+1.0%), as well as sustained, strong population growth. Next year, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth should reach +1.9%. The reason for slower growth is the strong Franc...

Switzerland - 85% in favour of minimum wage introduction

21 June 2011

85% of the population are in favour of a legally binding minimum wage, according to a new survey by research firm Link carried out on behalf of the Federation of Swiss Unions (USS).

The unions are demanding a monthly minimum wage of 4,000 Swiss Francs (3,300 Euro) for a 42 hour week or 3,800 Swiss Francs...

Finland - Unemployment falls to 9.8%

21 June 2011

In May 2011, the number of employed persons was 2,512,000, which was +30,000 higher than a year earlier, according to the latest Labour Force Survey, published today, by Statistics Finland (Tilastokeskus).
In May, the employment rate among persons aged 15 to 64 stood at 69.2%, which was +0.6...

UK - ReThink acquires Berkley Recruitment to expand internationally

20 June 2011

The ReThink Group plc (RTG:LSE), the recruitment and technology services firm, announces the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Berkley Recruitment Group Limited. The initial consideration is 2.65 million Euro (equivalent to approximately 2.34 million Pounds) with additional deferred consideration...

Switzerland - Adecco announces changes in its Executive Committee

20 June 2011

Adecco Group, the world's largest Human Resources services group, today announces changes in its Executive Committee. Alain Dehaze has been appointed as the new Regional Head of France, Switzerland & India. He replaces François Davy who will pursue his career outside the Adecco Group.

Martin Alonso,...

Portugal - Rogue staffing agency leaves thousands without jobs and pay

20 June 2011

3,000 temporary employees have lost their jobs and their last wages due to the illegal closing down of staffing agency Newtime Recursos Humanos in the face of a tax audit.

The agency simply shut down shop due to insolvency after the Portuguese tax authorities raided 17 temporary employment agencies and...

Germany - Customs office to police staffing agencies

20 June 2011

The Upper House of Parliament (Bundesrat) decided on Friday that the new minimum wage for agency temporary employees, which came into effect on 1 May 2011, will in future be policed by the German customs authorities (Zollverwaltung), specialist publication Legal Tribune reports.

Customs will employ an...

Germany - Further strikes threatened against agency employment

20 June 2011

After the recent strike by 10,000 employees of aircraft manufacturer Airbus against ‘excessive’ levels of agency temporary employment in the company, the IG Metall union has now threatened Airbus management with further industrial action, Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper reports.

Airbus Germany employs...