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  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    According to estimates by the Association of Social Security Providers
    (Hauptverband der Sozialversicherungsträger, HSV) released at the beginning
    of February 1998, the average duration of sick leave was 13.3 calendar days
    per worker in 1997. Final figures will be known only in June. The early
    estimate for 1996 was 14.7 days and the final figure was 14.0 days. Both the
    1996 final data and the 1997 estimate are the lowest in well over a decade.
    This development continues a trend in evidence since 1991. During the period
    1989 to 1991 the average annual duration of sick leave peaked at 15.3 days.
    Since then it has been falling, at first by roughly 0.1 days per year until
    it reached 14.9 days in 1995, and much faster since then. The data include
    all recipients of wages and salaries but exclude civil servants and most
    apprentices.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    A collective agreement for Finnish doctors was signed on 28 February 1998,
    taking into account the application of the 1993 EU Directive on working time
    to their work. As a result, pay will increase by FIM 1,400 per month, and
    weekly working time by 1.25 hours.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In January 1998, the Italian Government passed a legislative decree on the
    reorganisation of the commerce sector. This first step towards a more
    "European" model of commerce has been opposed by employers but welcomed by
    trade unions.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In November 1997, the social partners represented on the Netherlands' Labour
    Foundation seemed to have reconfirmed the reputation of the Dutch
    "consultation model" by jointly averting a possible end to the policy of pay
    moderation. It was agreed in the Foundation to continue moderate pay
    increases in exchange for employee training opportunities and sick leave.
    However, initial analysis of negotiations in early 1998 reveals that, in
    practice, it is very difficult to translate the provisions of such an
    agreement reached at central level into a form that is acceptable to the
    social partners at sector or company level.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    A European "cross-border employment centre" has recently been established in
    Valença, as part of a European Community EURES project that covers northern
    Portugal and Galicia in Spain. The initiative aims to combat clandestine
    labour, promote greater transparency in the labour market and encourage the
    mobility of workers within Europe.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    The distribution of earned and household incomes (Arbeits- und
    Haushaltseinkommen) in Germany has been displaying growing "social
    polarisation" for some considerable time. This is the finding of a new report
    published by the Institute for Economics and Social Science (Wirtschafts- und
    Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut, WSI) - "Verteilungspolitik; Chronik eines
    angekündigten politischen Selbstmords", Claus Schäfer, in WSI-Mitteilungen
    Vol. 50, No.10 (1997). The reasons for this development range from structural
    changes in employment relationships to the implementation of moderate
    collective bargaining policies and active redistribution through state social
    and tax policies.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    In February 1998, a law was passed by the Greek Parliament under which labour
    relations may be altered in public enterprises in financial difficulties. The
    Government subsequently decided to implement a package of measures on public
    enterprises, one of whose aims, according to the Prime Minister, is Greece' s
    immediate integration and participation in EU Economic and Monetary Union.
    These developments have sparked opposition from the trade unions, and Greek
    General Confederation of Labour has drawn up alternative proposals.

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    On 12 February 1998, the European Commission adopted a report on the
    implementation of the Council Recommendation of 31 March 1992 on childcare
    (92/241/EEC [1]). The Recommendation was adopted as part of the Community's
    Third Equal Opportunities Action Programme (1991-5) and the Commission's
    social Action Programme accompanying the 1989 Community Charter of the
    Fundamental Social Rights of Workers [2] (the "Social Charter"). Both the
    Third Action Programme and the Social Charter emphasised the importance of
    measures to enable men and women to reconcile work and family life. Such
    measures were to act as a means to achieve greater equality of opportunity
    for women and men in the labour market. The 1998 guidelines for Member
    States' employment policies [3], which were adopted by the Council of
    Ministers in December 1997 (EU9712174N [4]), also call for adequate provision
    to be made for the care of children and other dependants in order to enable
    greater equality in the labour market.

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/sg/scadplus/leg/en/cha/c10916.htm
    [2] http://eurotext.ulst.ac.uk/policy/social/charter/92826097/92826toc.html#x
    [3] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/elm/summit/en/papers/guide2.htm
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/1998-employment-policy-guidelines-adopted

  • Article
    27 februar 1998

    On 3 February 1998, the Association of Finnish Lawyers approved an agreement
    following the guidelines of the new national incomes policy agreement. In
    connection with the reform of the pay system, the VTML employers' body
    promised to pay attention to the special problems of court lawyers and
    associate lawyers.

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