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  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    In late May 1999, the Dutch Minister of Health and State Secretary for Social
    Affairs adopted a standpoint on the issue of privatised healthcare and
    possible priority treatment for employees. Politicians have thus given the
    green light for offering employees specialised care on a commercial basis for
    work-related medical complaints. Private outpatient centres have long offered
    specialised care, treating problems such as stress and "burn-out".

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    On 14 July 1999, the European Commission adopted a Communication entitled A
    concerted strategy for modernising social protection [1] (COM(99)347 final).
    The Communication emphasises the key role played by social protection systems
    in supporting public health and well-being and in redistributing wealth. It
    is argued that, without social security transfers, nearly 40% of EU
    households would be living in relative poverty (compared with the actual rate
    of 17%). Spending on social protection accounts for an average of 28.5% of
    GDP.

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/soc-prot/social/com99-347/com99-347_en.pdf

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    In July 1999, the joint employer-trade union administrative board of France's
    National Sickness Insurance Fund (CNAM) approved, by a large majority, a
    strategic reform plan. This package of measures is designed to reduce
    spending and improve the quality of healthcare. CNAM hopes that the
    government will give legislative effect to the plan.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    In June 1999, the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) expressed its
    total opposition to proposals from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to
    reduce the wages of new entrants to the labour market and to cut labour
    costs.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    In summer 1999, at the half-way point of the Spanish social partners'
    four-year pact for employment stability, later endorsed by parliament, the
    parties have evaluated its results. After two years, employment - and
    especially stable employment - has increased significantly. However, there
    has been no substantial decrease in the level of temporary employment and
    contract turnover continues to increase.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    Negotiations have been going on for several months between the Belgian
    Bankers' Association (BVB/ABB) and the various trade unions involved -
    ACV/CSC, ABVV/FGTB and ACLVB/CGSLB- on a new national collective agreement
    for the banking sector. However, the talks became completely deadlocked in
    June 1999. The trade unions had already called several short stoppages and
    lightning strikes, but discontent about the failure to secure an agreement
    continued to mount and a one-day national strike was organised by the unions
    for 9 July.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    The ninth European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Congress held in Helsinki
    from 29 June to 2 July 1999 (EU9907182F [1]) arguably indicated the European
    trade union movement's wish for far-reaching harmonisation in the area of
    social and employment policy. In the eyes of Danish public debate, the
    Congress presented an emerging picture of a trade union movement which wants
    to head a process towards, if not the "United Nations of Europe", then at
    least a strengthening of the federal features of the European Union. Even
    though the Danish public's attitude towards the EU has grown more positive
    (DK9906127F [2]), there is general scepticism about an extensive process of
    integration. This became evident at the European Parliament elections in June
    1999, at which the Danish parties and movements which are directly opposed
    to, or strongly sceptical towards, the EU maintained their support.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-labour-market/ninth-etuc-congress-calls-for-a-european-system-of-industrial-relations
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-business/social-partners-consider-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-the-euro

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    On 2 July 1999, the provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 [1]
    were brought into force, one year after receiving Royal Assent (UK9807137N
    [2]). The Act has been described as the most far-reaching "whistleblowing"
    legislation in the world. It provides remedies to workers who are dismissed
    or subjected to detriment by their employer for making certain categories of
    disclosure, ie a disclosure of information which, in the reasonable belief of
    the worker making the disclosure, concerns:

    [1] http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1998/19980023.htm
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/whistleblowers-charter-becomes-law

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    In June 1999, an agreement was signed on the reorganisation of Rome's public
    environmental services company, Ama, leading to differences between the three
    main trade union confederations. Cisl and Uil disagree with Cgil on the way
    in which 2,200 people will be recruited by the newly-established company, Ama
    city.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    The total number of requests to terminate employment contracts declined in
    the Netherlands in 1998, according to the Annual Report on termination
    statistics, issued in summer 1999. However, the number of requests related to
    occupational disability has increased.

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