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  • Agreement at last on labour market reform

    After 10 months of discussions and three months of intense negotiations, in April 1997 the main trade unions and employers' associations in Spain for the first time reached an agreement on labour market reform. This is a bipartite agreement which reduces the cost of dismissal and attempts to promote secure employment. The Government is likely to introduce legislation to support the reform.
  • Ban on women's night work to be reviewed

    On 8 April 1997, Jacques Barrot, the Minister for Employment, gave the press a preview of the forthcoming legislation on the reduction of social security contributions and the statutory working week. Among the subjects dealt with will be a revision of existing legislation on banning women from working at night, which Mr Barrot deems necessary.
  • Belgacom restructuring avoids conflict

    Following negotiations which have been held in a cooperative atmosphere, Belgacom, the partially privatised, but still largely government-owned Belgian telephone company, has announced plans to reduce rather drastically its number of employees. The current workforce of about 26,000 will have to be reduced by about 5,000 by the end of 1998.
  • Protests in the olive-producing sector in Spain

    The recent proposal by the EU agriculture commissioner, Franz Fischler, to alter the method of granting Community aid to olive farmers fell like a bombshell in Spain. This reform would not only have serious economic repercussions, but would also lead to the loss of at least 70,000 jobs, according to some trade unions in the sector. Farm-owners' organisations, cooperatives, trade unions and the regional and central administrations have rejected the proposal and are preparing all kinds of protest action.
  • Agreement on retirement at 55 for lorry drivers

    An agreement, signed on 11 April 1997, will allow French lorry drivers to retire at 55.
  • Tribunal decision annuls Renault closure

    The next step in the Renault Vilvoorde saga (BE9703202F [1]) was probably not initially foreseen by Renault senior management in Paris. Indeed, although the Renault managing director, Louis Schweitzer, has already announced that the tribunal decision to annul the closure of the Renault plant in Vilvoorde will in no way interfere with the plans to close the plant, it has slightly changed the dynamics and the timetable of the course of events. [1]
  • Nanterre Magistrate's Court suspends the closure of Renault Vilvorde

    After the Brussels Industrial tribunal (BE9704208N [1]), on 4 April it was a French court's turn to find Renault's management guilty of disobeying the law in a ruling which could well postpone the closure of the Vilvorde plant. [1]
  • Arbitration board decides in favour of Swedish employers on sick pay

    An arbitration award delivered on 11 April 1997 has decided that blue-collar employees who are members of trade unions affiliated to the largest union confederation, the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO) will face a reduction in sick pay entitlement.
  • Supreme Court finds Government not guilty of abusing compulsory arbitration

    In April 1997, the Norwegian Supreme Court found the Government not guilty of abusing compulsory arbitration in order to stop industrial conflict. The Federation of Offshore Workers' Trade Unions (OFS), which brought the domestic lawsuit against the Government, lost on all counts.
  • Performing arts unemployment benefit system temporarily safeguarded prior to a fundamental review

    Following several months of strong protests, the unemployment benefit scheme specific to workers in the performing arts in France has been renewed up to 31 December 1998.