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  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    Before Portugal's general election on 10 October 1999, the main political
    parties set out their policies on social, employment and labour issues.
    Themes such as employment creation, training and equal opportunities were
    highlighted in nearly all party programmes.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    In September 1999, after 20 months of bargaining, trade unions and employers
    in Spain's savings banks sector have still been unable to reach a new
    collective agreement.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    Privatisation and the competitive tendering of municipal services have been
    important issues on the political agenda during the general election campaign
    in spring 1999, and especially in the municipal government election campaign
    in September 1999. The political parties of the right have stressed increased
    use of competitive tendering, and a handbook on the issue was published by
    the Conservative Party (Høyre) prior to the elections.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    On 14 July 1999, ministers at the Department for Education and Employment
    published their response to proposals [1] made by the Equal Opportunities
    Commission (EOC) for a new Sex Equality Act to replace the UK's current sex
    equality legislation (UK9901175N [2]). While announcing action in a number of
    areas, including some changes to existing legislation, education and
    employment secretary David Blunkett said that the government "does not
    believe that major legislative change at this stage is the most effective way
    of bringing about the changes that are needed".

    [1] http://www.eoc.org.uk/html/new_law_proposals.html
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/equal-opportunities-commission-urges-new-sex-equality-law

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    In September 1999, the Confederation of Danish Industries (Dansk Industri,
    DI) held a series of meetings to highlight the wish of Danish industrial
    enterprises to institute working time flexibility in order to enable
    employees to work more or less than the standard 37 hours per week at certain
    times of the year. During the spring 1998 collective bargaining round in
    industry, employers prioritised improved possibilities to institute more
    flexible working hours in companies, and succeeded in realising this demand.
    The new collective agreement made it possible to average out the 37-hour week
    over a 52-week reference period (DK9803158F [1]). In practice, this means
    that the enterprises with large seasonal variations in demand are able to let
    their employees work more hours in the peak season and fewer during the rest
    of the year. However, the agreement made the introduction of such
    arrangements dependent on a local agreement between management and employees.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/breakthrough-in-industry-sector-on-brink-of-conflict

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    Over the summer and autumn of 1999, the privatisation process of Portugal's
    TAP airline has continued, with debate over future developments among the
    trade unions and the conclusion of a new agreement for pilots, which includes
    employee share ownership.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    In August 1999, the board of the Norwegian oil company Statoil submitted a
    report on the future organisation and ownership structure of Statoil and on
    the state's "direct financial interest" (Statens direkte økonomiske
    engasjement, SDØE) in petroleum operations. The report recommends a partial
    privatisation of Statoil, and that all or a major part of SDØE's assets are
    transferred to Statoil. Statoil is a 100% state-owned oil company established
    in 1972, which operates on a commercial basis.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    At the beginning of September 1999, the National Labour Market Board
    (Arbetsmarknadsstyrelsen, AMS) issued statistics revealing that some 318,000
    people were unemployed at the end of August 1999 - 7% of the labour force or
    5.7% of the population between the ages of 16 and 64 years. The August figure
    is 56,000 down on the July level, and almost 17,000 lower than a year
    previously (unemployment always falls after the summer, due to more people
    finding work and due to people transferring to various forms of education and
    training). The AMS statistics are based on material collected monthly from
    job centres across Sweden.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    In a survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), published on 13
    September 1999 and coinciding with the start of the annual conference of the
    Trades Union Congress (UK9909128N [1]), 85% of firms questioned thought that
    the administrative burden caused by employment legislation has increased over
    the past year, 17% believing that it had "increased a lot". The impact of the
    EU working time Directive is reported to be "causing easily the most
    headaches".

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/trade-unions-debate-future-strategy

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