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  • Article
    27 Duben 1997

    A new pay award announced in April by the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) for
    England and Wales after two days of talks, gives farm workers a minimum wage
    of GBP 4.12 per hour. The AWB is the only wages council - setting statutory
    minimum pay rates for a particular sector - left in the UK after the rest
    were abolished in 1993 (UK9703112F [1]). When the Conservative Government was
    originally looking at abolishing the wages councils in 1986, the proposal was
    delayed because employers were not in favour of them being abolished, as they
    at least set some minimum floor of standards with which employers could work.
    The case for this was made most strongly by agricultural employers, and this
    was why the AWB was left in place after 1993.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/a-national-minimum-wage-who-what-and-why

  • Article
    27 Duben 1997

    On 6 April 1997, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and the
    Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry (NHO) agreed on a proposal
    for an agreement which they could recommend to their members in this year's
    bargaining round. LO won acceptance for its demands on the extension of the
    voluntary early retirement scheme, while the pay increases agreed centrally
    may be described as moderate.

  • Article
    27 Duben 1997

    The President of the French Republic's decision to dissolve the National
    Assembly and to call early legislative elections in May-June 1997 has
    prompted numerous reactions from the unions, which fear the beginning of a
    shift towards liberal economic policies.

  • Article
    27 Duben 1997

    On 2 April 1997 it became public that during the ongoing collective
    bargaining at the German automobile company, Volkswagen, management had made
    a proposal to create a new "internal temporary employment agency"
    (Zeitarbeitsgesellschaft). Depending on the incoming orders, the agency's
    newly hired employees would be set to work at the different Volkswagen
    plants. Volkswagen proposed to pay the new temporary employees under the
    terms and conditions of the current branch-level collective agreement in the
    metalworking industry.

  • Article
    27 Duben 1997

    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.

  • Article
    27 Duben 1997

    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.

  • Article
    27 Duben 1997

    In the framework of negotiations for the two-year National General Collective
    Agreement covering the years 1996 and 1997, the GSEE (Greek General
    Confederation of Labour) trade union confederation placed on the agenda of
    discussions with the employers its demand for the reduction of weekly working
    hours to 35 without a reduction in pay. The negotiations led to the creation
    of a working party of technical experts from both sides of industry to study
    the issue and its effects on employment and competitiveness.

  • Article
    27 Duben 1997

    An international comparison of labour disputes from 1986 to 1995 by /Labour
    Market Trends/ (April 1997) highlights that the UK had the fourth-lowest
    strike rate of the 22 member countries of the Organisation for Economic
    Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 1995. Only Austria, Switzerland and
    Germany had a lower level of strikes than the UK. The UK strike rate has been
    below the OECD average since 1986 and below the EU average since 1990.
    Between 1991 and 1995 the average rate in the UK was 24 working days lost per
    1,000 workers - an 82% fall over the previous five-year period. But the UK's
    rise in the international "league table" of two places since 1994 took place
    despite an increase in the strike rate itself.

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