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  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    The International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF), with the support of
    the European Transport Workers' Federation (ETF) have organised for 5 October
    1999 a repeat of the day of action they held in September 1998 (EU9809127F
    [1]) under the banner /Fatigue kills/. The aim of the "international road
    transport action day", in which over 100,000 drivers worldwide were due to
    participate, was to highlight the health hazards to drivers and the general
    public of excessively long working hours. The protest was intended to
    underline the trade unions' demands for the limitation of working time to a
    maximum of 48 hours per week in line with International Labour Organisation
    Convention No. 153 on hours of work and rest periods (road transport) [2],
    through adoption of legislation at national level in each country. In Europe,
    unions are demanding the implementation of European Commission proposals [3]
    to legislate to limit working hours in road transport to an average of 48
    hours per week (EU9901144F [4]). Working time negotiations between ETF and
    the International Road Transport Union (IRU) had broken down in September
    1999 (EU9809127F [5]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/industrial-relations-undefined-working-conditions/social-partners-fail-to-reach-agreement-on-working-time-in-road-transport
    [2] http://ilolex.ilo.ch:1567/public/50normes/ilolex/pdconv.pl?host=status01=iloeng=154=1=(C153
    [3] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/soc-dial/labour/com98-662/com662en.pdf
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/commission-proposes-directives-to-end-exclusion-of-sectors-from-working-time-directive
    [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/industrial-relations-undefined-working-conditions/social-partners-fail-to-reach-agreement-on-working-time-in-road-transport

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    In October 1999, the Health and Safety at Work Act (HASAWA) is 25 years old.
    At the time of its adoption in 1974, the HASAWA was hailed as a landmark
    piece of legislation that brought 8 million mainly public service workers
    within the scope of the law and stimulated greater interest in health and
    safety amongst employers and trade unions. Although the UK's health and
    safety record compares favourably with most other EU countries, anniversary
    celebrations are muted. There is a growing sense that the existing regulatory
    framework is ill-adapted to the changing labour market of the late 1990s.
    Whilst employers are anxious about whether they are complying with health and
    safety requirements, employees and trade unions express concern about the
    relatively few prosecutions for health and safety offences and the low levels
    of fines imposed on employers when breaches of the HASAWA are proven.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    In September 1999, a new national collective agreement for the Italian
    commerce sector was signed. The agreement's provisions include: wage
    increases; a working time reduction linked to flexibility; new part-time work
    regulations; and new sickness and maternity leave regulations.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    In August 1999, a new coalition government took office in Luxembourg,
    following the general election in June. The change of administration is
    unlikely to herald any fundamental change in direction as regards employment
    law, though the new government will seek to encourage capital- and
    profit-sharing by employees. There will also be a review of civil servants'
    pay.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    In September 1999, French MP Catherine Génisson submitted a report on
    equality between women and men at work, commissioned by the Prime Minister.
    The report, entitled "More mixing in the labour market for greater equality
    between men and women", advocates various measures to ensure "real equality."

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    Since 1994, the first stage of reforming and gradually privatising the
    federal railway system in Germany has been implemented. This has included the
    transformation of the federal railways in eastern and western Germany into a
    public company, Deutsche Bahn AG (DB), and its reorganisation into several
    divisions free to operate competitively in the transport market under their
    own responsibility. On 9 September 1999, DB presented a /Report on personnel
    and social issues, 1994-8/ (Personal- und Sozialbericht 1994-8) which
    describes important industrial relations and employment developments.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    In September 1999, Greece's GSEE trade union confederation presented a
    proposal calling for higher unemployment benefits. Despite legislative
    provisions that the daily rate of benefit should not fall below two-thirds of
    the average level of unskilled workers' wages, it is now worth less than
    half.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    The Bank of Ireland and Ulster Bank, two of Ireland's largest banks, have
    concluded deals with the Irish Bank Officials' Association (IBOA) trade union
    on special "Millennium payments" for time worked on Millennium eve, 31
    December 1999, and the subsequent weekend. While the payments are largely
    aimed at information technology (IT) staff required to monitor the computer
    problems associated with the year 2000 "Millennium bug" (whereby some
    computers will be unable to deal with the change in date), they will apply to
    any non-IT staff who may also be needed. These are the among first agreements
    of significance to be negotiated in the Republic in advance of the Millennium
    weekend (IE9905279N [1]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/workers-submit-millennium-working-claims

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    Over August and September 1999, trade unions and employers aired their views
    on Spain's forthcoming state Budget for 2000. Employers' proposals included a
    call for a cut in social security contributions, while employers focused on
    issues such as unemployment cover and pension increases. The government has
    largely maintained its positions, though apparently some concessions will be
    made.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    In September 1999, the Dutch Minister of Social Affairs opened the door to
    allowing individuals seeking asylum in the Netherlands to participate in the
    labour market, and the State Secretary of Justice is to present a plan for an
    adapted collective agreement to cover asylum-seekers. Small and medium-sized
    employers and the temporary agency work sector supported this idea, pointing
    to current labour shortages. The central employers' organisation, VNO-NCW,
    and the liberal VVD party, which is a member of the governing coalition, are
    opposed to asylum-seekers participating fully in the labour market.

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