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  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    In view of the powerful earthquake that struck Athens on 7 September 1999,
    the Athens Labour Centre (EKA) has asked the government to take immediate
    steps to provide relief for victims' families as well as the homeless.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    The pay stability which has served to underpin Ireland's various national
    programmes since 1987 could unravel if recent public sector pay disputes
    involving nurses, the police and transport employees are not resolved within
    the confines of the current three-year Partnership 2000 [1] (P2000) national
    agreement (IE9702103F [2]).

    [1] http://www.irlgov.ie/taoiseach/publication/p2000/default.htm
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/social-partners-agree-three-year-national-programme

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    On 6 September 1999, approximately 12 000 employees in the offshore
    oil-production industry took strike action against the government's apparent
    lack of initiative vis-à-vis the present crisis in the Norwegian oil sector.
    There is growing uncertainty about the state of affairs in the sector, which
    has generated a low rate of investments among oil companies operating on the
    Norwegian continental shelf. As a consequence, significant increases in
    unemployment are expected in the near future. The industries supplying oil-
    and gas-related technology and products are already witnessing a crisis, with
    empty order-books and approximately 4,000 employees made redundant or laid
    off. The initiative to strike was taken by trade union representatives at
    three large offshore companies, Aker Maritime, Kværner and Umoe Haugesund,
    and followed two previous political strikes on 20 May and 1 June 1999.
    Members of unions including the Norwegian United Federation of Trade Unions
    (Fellesforbundet) and the Norwegian Oil and Petrochemical Workers Union
    (Norsk Olje- og Petrokjemisk Fagforbund, NOPEF) took part in the strike,
    which went ahead despite the government's proposed crisis package made public
    on 3 September 1999.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    In September 1999, the Dutch petroleum company, NAM, announced a sweeping
    reorganisation that could cut 450 jobs from its 2,500-strong workforce. The
    trade unions expressed their intention to fight the plan vigorously. NAM,
    which is based in the Netherlands' northern provinces, provides a significant
    portion of employment in the region and also generates employment outside the
    company. Provincial authorities responded to the plan with disappointment.

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    The European Commission decided at the end of July 1999 to launch or pursue
    proceedings against a number of Member States in relation to poor
    implementation of Community Directives in the social field. This relates
    particularly to the pregnant workers' Directive (92/85/EEC) [1], the
    Directive on minimum health and safety requirements applicable to the use of
    equipment by workers (89/655/EEC) [2], the transfer of undertakings Directive
    (77/187/EEC [3], amended by 98/59/EC [4]) and Directives on collective
    redundancies (now consolidated in 98/59/EC [5]).

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31992L0085&model=guichett
    [2] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31989L0655&model=guichett
    [3] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31977L0187&model=guichett
    [4] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31998L0050&model=guichett
    [5] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31998L0059&model=guichett

  • 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

    Given an increasing amount of contracting out of public services and the
    privatisation of state-owned corporations, and after a freeze on the new
    employment of public servants which has so far lasted two years, it seems
    there is no future for trade unions in solely organising public servants and
    other employees in the public sector. The large public sector trade unions
    have drawn this lesson and have, so to speak, moved with their old members
    into the private sector, representing more and more private sector workers.
    This has caused discord within the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions
    (Landsorganisationen i Danmark, LO) (DK9709129F [1]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-business/privatisation-and-contracting-out-causes-inter-union-conflict

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    At its annual conference held in September 1999 (UK9909128N [1]), the Trades
    Union Congress (TUC) gave strong backing to a motion [2] urging the
    government to prepare for early UK entry into the single European currency,
    despite misgivings on the part of some major unions. Delegates voted for a
    motion which supported the UK having "the option of actively pursuing [euro]
    entry early in the new decade through action to bring the UK economic cycle
    more closely into line with that of our EU partners".

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/trade-unions-debate-future-strategy
    [2] http://www.tuc.org.uk/vbuilding/tuc/browse/object.exe?5798&0&0&1&1

  • Article
    27 Září 1999

    At the beginning of September 1999, Italy's Radicals political party
    announced that it had collected enough signatures to hold 20 referenda in
    spring 2000, with the aim of repealing various legislative provisions. Many
    of the issues covered by the referenda concern trade union or labour issues,
    like the collection of trade union membership dues, or individual dismissal
    procedures. The trade union confederations are firmly opposed to the
    Radicals' initiative, which they regard as "anti-union".

  • 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.

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