Polish president calls for migrants to come home
The president of Poland has made a plea to Polish workers to return home and help revive the country's dwindling economy and tackle skills shortages. Lech Kaczynski said there was now a severe lack of skilled professionals in Poland, partly due to mass migration since the former accession state joined the EU in 2004.
An estimated 100,000 Poles are thought to have come to the UK in the past two years. Kaczynski said the government was treating the exodus as an "interim arrangement". He said: "We have many Poles working in the UK, but I don't think this will last long. I can only hope that they will eventually go back to Poland, as Poland will be in increasing need of skilled professionals."
The country's unemployment rate fell from 17.6% to 14.9% in 2006, but Kaczynski said employers were still having problems finding skilled workers due to migration to the UK.
Half of Croatians unhappy with their jobs and plan to leave
More than half (55%) of Croatian employees are dissatisfied with their jobs and do not plan to stay with their employer for longer than a year, according to a survey.
Almost one-third (30%) of the 1,000 Croatian workers polled by careers website MojPosao said they would stay with their present employer for a period of between one and five years. Work conditions, salary and professional development were all cited as key concerns. More than half of respondents said they expect to be offered a better role within the next five years.
One in eight Croatians also admitted to faking sick leave, the survey showed. The average time spent off was four days, with fatigue and stress cited as the most common reasons, followed by family obligations, interviews for other jobs and extended weekends. Employees with lower salaries were found to fake sick leave more frequently.
250,000 Indian mill workers strike over pay and conditions
A quarter of a million Indian mill workers went on an indefinite strike in West Bengal last week, demanding better pay and working conditions.
The 250,000 workers, represented by 20 trade unions, said they would continue strike action until the owners of the 59 jute mills agree to meet their demands. Five unions h