HR European news roundup - May 2012
29th May 2012, 0 comments
Europe: Launch of Europe's largest trade union federation
This week the largest trade union Federation in Europe will be formed following the merger of the European Metalworkers' Federation (EMF), the European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers' Federation (EMCEF) and the European Trade Union Federation for Textiles, Clothing and Leather (ETUF:TCL). The new European Trade Union Federation (ETUF) will become the main union body for industrial workers in Europe. It will have its head office in the same building as the ETUC in Brussels and its aim will be to target multinational companies from its improved power base to "fight for decent working conditions and secure employment.". Read more...
Europe: Streamlining changes in car registration
The European Commission has proposed a new directive to simplify the re-registration of cars moving permanently between EU member states. The proposition would allow for vehicles to be registered in the member state where the owner ‘normally resides'. Citizens who move to another EU country would have six months to re-register their vehicle. There will however be exceptions for those who move within the EU to work on assignments for longer pre-defined periods.
Poland: Streamlined company formation procedure
Due to an amendment in the Commercial Companies Code, it is now possible to form a new limited liability company in Poland with the minimum of delay and bureaucracy. Details can be submitted online at the Ministry of justice website and a company authorised within just 24 hours.
Netherlands: Tax-free commuting allowance to be abolished
Further details are emerging about the Dutch government's austerity plan. It is now clear that the tax-free travel allowance that may be paid to employees for travelling to and from work is to be abolished. However, it would appear that the tax-free facility to reclaim business travel using a private car at a rate of 0.19 euros per kilometre will remain unchanged.
Bulgaria: Minimum wage rise of 7.4%
The Bulgarian minimum wage rose on May 1st from BGN 270 to BGN 290 (148.27 euros) a month. Trade unions are pressing the government to raise the minimum wage still further to BGN 330 (168.73 euros) by 2013.
Germany: Proposal to establish single national minimum wage
Germany's leading coalition party, the CDU, has decided to introduce a mandatory minimum wage covering all sectors of the economy. Agreement has yet to be reached with the other two coalition parties, but the CDU proposal would involve the establishment of a wage-setting body drawn from both sides of industry.
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