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France — Work permit chaos continues

28 October 2009

4,000 foreign temporary workers without official papers (sans-papiers) have been occupying 46 offices of temporary employment agencies, restaurants and other businesses in greater Paris (Ile-de-France) for 15 days now, Les Echos reports. The foreign workers supported by French union CGT are dema...


The Netherlands — Postal union leaders take a different line from their UK counterparts

27 October 2009

Dutch Royal Mail (Koninklijke TNT Post BV), which is owned and run by Amsterdam-quoted private operators TNT (TNT:AEX) was faced with possible industrial action when they offered postal workers a three year job guarantee in return for pay cuts of up to 15%. Without the pay cuts, TNT said that tho...


UK - Savile steady as she goes

27 October 2009

In his very brief AGM statement the Savile Group Plc (SAVG:LSE) Chairman Jonathan Cohen, highlighted "a first quarter broadly in line with the previous year and a growing pipeline across our range of services." Savile Group is a specialist consultancy providing a range of talent management and c...


Sweden — Resurs CNC revenues down by -27.3%

26 October 2009

Resurs CNC AB (RESB:STO), the Sweden-based employment agency group, today announces financial results for the three months ending September 2009. Revenues were down by -27.3% from 4.6 million Euro in Q3 2008 to 3.34 million Euro in the same period of 2009. The company made an operating loss of -...


Germany — Labour court ruling on sector-specific minimum salaries

26 October 2009

Germany's highest court for labour matters (BAG) has decided that a minimum salary only needs to be paid if the ultimate employer has signed up to a bilateral employer-union agreement (Tarifvertrag) for his industry. Minimum salaries in Germany are not set by the government but by industry spec...


Switzerland — Kendall Law Group announces "shareholder investigation" into MPS Group

26 October 2009

Dallas based Kendall Law Group has announced a "shareholder investigation" into the Board of Directors of MPS Group, Inc. (NYSE:MPS) in connection with the proposed acquisition by staffing services giant Adecco Group. According the law firms website the investigation concerns "whether the consi...


UK — Business leaders at increased risk of extreme behaviour in the recession

26 October 2009

According to research carried out by Talent Q, the people assessment company, among 14,000 UK employees 'executive derailment' is a growing phenomenon and likelihood as the economic squeeze continues. When individuals face increasing pressure to achieve more with less, underlying personality char...


Portugal — New temporary employment research centre in January

23 October 2009

The Portuguese Association of Private Employers (APESPE) will launch a market research and monitoring centre on temporary employment in January 2010. The research centre will provide quarterly information about the market on the lines of similar institutions in other European countries. The pr...


UK — Unions expected to seek injunction against Royal Mail

23 October 2009

On the second day of the national strike of the British Post Office (Royal Mail), it is feared that the Communications Workers Union (CWU) will seek a high court injunction to prevent Royal Mail from using 30,000 temporary workers as 'strike-breakers'. Royal Mail is believed to have started recr...


France — Planned business tax would penalise temporary employment agencies

23 October 2009

In a meeting yesterday between the Association of Temporary Employment Agencies (PRISME) and Marc Laffineur MP, co-author of the planned amendment paper to business tax (taxe professionnelle), the association has expressed concern about the impact the planned taxation will have on small and mediu...