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  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • 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

    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.

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