InternationalOn 12 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article This week’s international newsLufthansa pilots avoid strike in dispute over pay The airline pilots’ union in Germany has backed away from a strike atnational carrier Lufthansa as part of its pay dispute. The union is seeking asubstantial pay rise of 35 per cent, which has been rejected by the company,claiming that pilots earn less than those in other countries. The company’soriginal offer was just over one-tenth of the claim, at 3.6 per cent. www.faz.netCar firm produces again after job cuts back down Car maker Toyota Philippines has restarted production after a two-weekstrike according to GlobalHR magazine. The company backed down over thesackings of more than 200 staff, which provoked the stoppage. The dismissalswere carried out in response to an earlier three-day stoppage and a go slow,following a failed campaign by employees for union recognition of anindependent union. About 400 of the company’s 1,400 staff are union members. www.bloomberg.comJobless rate drops – but economy still struggles Japan’s unemployment rate has unexpectedly fallen, but the upward trendremains as the country’s economy struggles. Labour market experts note that therate of job offers to applicants, which is a guide to business conditions, isdeteriorating. The unemployment dip from 4.9 per cent of the workforce to 4.7per cent is seen as a lagging response to last year’s economic recovery, whichhad started to peter out as the data was published. www.ft.comChirac calls for limits on freedom to strike France’s president Jacques Chirac has backed a law supporting the publicsector during strikes, after stoppages hit the French transport system. Hesaid, “A strike is a fundamental right, and no one questions that. Butlike all freedoms, it has its limits in that it affects the freedom ofothers.” Train staff went on strike over alleged plans to privatise theservice, while bus employees walked out over a union bid for the right toretire at the age of 55. www.figaro.fr Related posts:No related photos.