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Trade unions OGBL and FNCTTFEL left the negotiating table as talks with management over working c... [more]

Trade unions OGBL and FNCTTFEL left the negotiating table as talks with management over working conditions reached a deadlock. The unions call on the government to intervene. Main of dispute is the fact that rest periods between shifts are 11 hours with shifts lasting up to 13 hours. The unions claim that this is incompatible with the security demands imposed on a tramway especially considering staff have long journeys to get to work.

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The chamber of employees (chambre des salariés) held a press conference to present its 2018 socia... [more]

The chamber of employees (chambre des salariés) held a press conference to present its 2018 social panorama. The president of the chamber argued that social inequality has increased significantly over the last 20 years and stressed that the equality gap is likely to widen in the future. The groups that are most drastically affected include the unemployed, young people as well as single-parent families. The chamber of employees emphasised that the inequalities become even more shocking when we look beyond the mere differences in income, and also consider differences in wealth. Poverty is a real threat in today's society.

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Trade union OGBL cannot back up the extension of Sunday opening hours. The union claims that exte... [more]

Trade union OGBL cannot back up the extension of Sunday opening hours. The union claims that extending opening hours would lead to staff being forced to cover shifts spanning the entire week and infringe on personal lives without sufficient financial reward. Allowing retailers, including shops, food businesses and commerce, to choose their opening times over a longer time-frame and have the option of being open for longer on Sundays would have negative repercussions for the work-life balance of workers in the industry.

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A thematic issue of the journal ‘espace populations sociétés’ is dedicated to the socioeconomic s... [more]

A thematic issue of the journal ‘espace populations sociétés’ is dedicated to the socioeconomic situation of frontier workers. The main article refers to a study, carried out by the Luxembourg Central Bank (BCL) and the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER). The researchers looked at more than 2,400 households in France, Germany and Belgium with at least one member working in the Grand Duchy. In 2017, cross-border workers filled nearly 45% of jobs. The survey looks at trends in cross-border workers' investment choices, profiles, average commuting times and salaries compared with native workers. Most commuters are on permanent contracts and have been working in the country for around 10 years. In comparison, commuters are more likely to be working in retail and wholesale, or in the financial sector.

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The government reformed the re-employment assistance system to prevent companies from abusing the... [more]

The government reformed the re-employment assistance system to prevent companies from abusing the system. Before the reforms, the system would compensate worker who, after being declared redundant, found a new but lower paying job to 90% of their previous earnings for a four-year period. In the new system the re-employment fund will only pay up to 50% of the salary and furthermore it will only be granted to employees aged 45 and over who have been victim of a collective redundancy or bankruptcy or who have been part of a retention plan.

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Union LCGB describes potential job losses at automotive parts manufacturer Mahle-Behr as 'shamefu... [more]

Union LCGB describes potential job losses at automotive parts manufacturer Mahle-Behr as 'shameful'. The union stated that two-thirds of the staff could face losing their jobs, with a total of 63 jobs at risk, after the management announced a restructuring at the company. The trade unions and the management will soon start talks about a social plan.

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In a meeting with the employment minister on 6 February, trade union OGBL demanded protection and... [more]

In a meeting with the employment minister on 6 February, trade union OGBL demanded protection and social right for trainees. The number of voluntary traineeships is on the rise but according to the union there is no legal framework whatsoever to protect young people who want to gain work experience. The OGBL demands legislation to protect these trainees, by introducing clear and precise qualitative criteria to be fulfilled in a traineeship and to introduce a guarantee that the traineeship serves an educational purpose for young people. Furthermore, trainee periods should be covered by some sort of social protection, such as including the period in pension calculations, being covered by health insurance and fixing an adequate remuneration for the trainees.

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Trade union OGBL stated that a social plan was agreed for 15 employees laid off by DAS Luxembourg... [more]

Trade union OGBL stated that a social plan was agreed for 15 employees laid off by DAS Luxembourg. The employees of the insurance company, specialised in legal protection, receive financial compensation for their job loss and support to re-enter the labour market. On 10 January 2018, the Allianz Group announced plans to acquire the assets of DAS Luxembourg from German insurance group Ergo. The deal saw 15 workers lose their jobs, as Allianz agreed to take on 10 people from the legal and claims department only.

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A strategic review of Nordea's Private Banking International activities as part of the company's ... [more]

A strategic review of Nordea's Private Banking International activities as part of the company's transformation led to the decision to concentrate Nordea's private banking activities on the Nordics. Following an announced takeover by UBS of its activities, the consequences for workers at Nordea's private banking unit become clear. Around 200 jobs are at risk at Nordea. Workers have been told 50% or more of the bank's 350 employees face redundancy, as only around 150 workers will be transferred to UBS. The banking and insurance trade union within the OGBL trade union confederation has requested an interview with bank officials to discuss the situation and preserve as many jobs as possible.

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Collective bargaining in banking has come to a standstill with working hours as one of the main c... [more]

Collective bargaining in banking has come to a standstill with working hours as one of the main controversies. According to the LCGB-SESF trade union, the boundary between the professional life and the private sphere tends to disappear. People do not rest at the end of their working day and this can have big consequences on their health. Also, the OGBL trade union deplores the situation and is lobbying for the same rights for the employees of the local financial sector. The unions demand the right to disconnect from work to be respected, a framework to be put in place and training to be organised for employees and managers. So far, they failed to reach agreement with the Bankers' Association (ABBL) during negotiations for a new collective agreement for employees of the financial sector.

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