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  • Article
    27 maj 1997

    In November 1996, the brewing group Interbrew, the still-expanding leader in
    the market, announced the ending of bottling activities at its Belle Vue
    Brewery in Molenbeek, an industrial district of Brussels. It meant the loss
    of 103 jobs out of 167 in the company's bottling section. Since then,
    management had been negotiating a company plan with the unions to avoid
    redundancies, and an original solution was eventually found and approved in a
    company referendum on 18 April 1997. This solution is based on the terms of a
    legislative measure that had been ratified on 13 March 1997, called the
    Vandelanotte order after the Flemish Socialist minister: it allows companies
    facing difficulties or restructuring to preserve jobs through a reduction of
    working time linked to the reduction of social security contributions over
    two years.

  • Article
    27 maj 1997

    The high number of industrial injuries, recently reported by the Labour
    Inspectorate, have fuelled the debate on the new Work Environment Act, which
    is a part of the Government's action plan /Improved work environment year
    2005/. According to the report on /Reported industrial injuries in the
    building and construction sector, 1993-1995/, the sector experienced a 22%
    increase in industrial injuries over the period in question (DK9704107F [1]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/danish-building-and-construction-sites-are-hazardous-workplaces

  • Article
    27 maj 1997

    The recession affecting Portuguese companies from 1991 to 1994 showed that
    the difficulties faced by the country stemmed not just from economic
    circumstances. Rather, the roots were far more complex and called for
    structural changes to competitive factors involving the very fabric of
    business and a general remodelling of managerial capacity, vocational
    qualifications and financial structure.

  • Article
    27 maj 1997

    On 22 April 1997 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a judgment
    stating that some provisions of the German Civil Law (Bürgerliches
    Gesetzbuch,BGB) as well as the German Labour Court Law
    (Arbeitsgerichtsgesetz, ArbGG) offend against the "Council Directive on the
    implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women as
    regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion and working
    conditions" (76/207/EEC). The Directive which was adopted by the Council of
    Ministers on 9 February 1976 proclaimed that the Member States shall put into
    effect the "principle of equal treatment" (§ 1) which means "that there
    shall be no discrimination whatsoever on grounds of sex either directly or
    indirectly" (§ 2).

  • Article
    27 maj 1997

    The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) announced in April 1997 that
    "absenteeism" - the non-attendance of workers who are expected to be at work
    - had cost UK business GBP 12 billion in 1996; an average of GBP 533 for
    every employee. Just prior to the CBI announcement, the Manufacturing,
    Science, Finance (MSF) trade union had announced the results of a survey
    which highlighted the lack of a "feel-good" factor among employees due to
    increasing job insecurity ("Union survey suggest little 'feel good effect' in
    reality", MSF press release (8 April 1997)). These kinds of surveys have
    elements in common, yet few acknowledge or even see what the linkages are.

  • Article
    27 maj 1997

    Following the settlement of the public service nurses pay dispute (IE9702104N
    [1]), health workers, prisons officers, police and other public service
    groups have been seeking follow-on increases based on parity claims - all of
    which relate to the settlement secured by Ireland's 25,000 nurses.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/national-nurses-strike-averted-as-pay-offer-is-accepted

  • Article
    27 maj 1997

    In anticipation of the spring 1997 collective bargaining round, pilots at
    Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) are considering contributing to the company's
    cost-cutting programme by exchanging salaries for share options and an
    increased say in company policy. Unions are divided over this exchange.

  • Article
    27 maj 1997

    In the retail and distributive sector, each type of shop - conventional
    department stores, retail shops, food supermarkets with at least two branches
    and independent retail shops - is covered by its own joint committee [1] and,
    depending on its type, its employees work 36, 38 or 40 hours a week, have pay
    differentials of between 20%- 25% and the right to be represented by a union
    delegation [2] or not.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/joint-committee
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/union-delegation

  • Article
    27 april 1997

    In its bill, presented to Parliament on 15 April 1997, the Government states
    that the policy of austerity which has been in operation for last few years
    has been so successful that it is now possible to focus more on its most
    important goal - to halve the rate of unemployment to 4% before 2000.

  • Article
    27 april 1997

    After the Brussels Industrial tribunal (BE9704208N [1]), on 4 April it was a
    French court's turn to find Renault's management guilty of disobeying the law
    in a ruling which could well postpone the closure of the Vilvorde plant.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/tribunal-decision-annuls-renault-closure

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