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  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    In an interview on national Norwegian television in January 1998, the
    Minister of Labour and Government Administration, Eldbjørg Løwer, called
    for the lifting of the ban on private employment agencies (reported in
    /Aftenposten/ on 9 January 1998). Speaking in general terms about the
    contemporary labour market situation in Norway, she recognised the need to
    modernise the present system of regulations on private employment agencies as
    well as on the temporary secondment of employees from one firm to another
    (NO9708118F [1]). Ms Løwer envisages a reversal of the present legal
    arrangements in both areas. The prohibitions on private employment agencies
    and on the temporary secondment of employees from one company to another
    should be abolished, while alternative restrictions may be put on certain
    types of occupational groups, and on the quota of workers on "lease" in any
    given firm or company.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-business/temporary-employment-and-leasing-of-employees

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    A perceived dearth of openings for apprentices, in the context of the
    demographic trends leading to increasing numbers of 15-year-olds, was one of
    the major employment issues in 1997 (AT9708128F [1]). Alerted, the Government
    and the social partners intend not to be caught unawares in 1998.
    Preparations are already underway to have the right incentives and sufficient
    counseling capacity in place when school finishes at the end of June. For the
    time being, however, the preparations are hampered by competing and
    conflicting evaluations of the measures taken in 1997 (AT9706116F [2]), and
    by disagreement over the scale the problem is likely to assume in 1998. They
    are also hampered by the fact that the cost of the 1997 measures is not
    known.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/working-conditions-law-and-regulation-undefined/measures-to-promote-youth-employment-debated
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/working-conditions-undefined-labour-market/tackling-the-apprenticeships-crisis

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    At present, Sweden has no legislation expressly forbidding discrimination
    against people with disabilities in working life. For example, there is
    nothing preventing private employers from excluding job applicants with some
    form of disability with express reference to their disability, as they are in
    principle free to employ whomever they choose. On 3 December 1997 a committee
    appointed by the Government therefore proposed a new act prohibiting
    discrimination in working life against people with disabilities.

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    The political debate on employment policies in Belgium grew bitter just
    before the Christmas break at the end of 1997. Recommendations on government
    policies made by the new Higher Council for Employment provoked the anger of
    the leaders of the two main trade union organisations and some critical
    declarations from the chief executive of the employers' federation.

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    In December 1997 and January 1998, France has seen a growing wave of protests
    by unemployed people, which has grown from specific local actions into a
    nationwide movement. The demands of the protesters have challenged both the
    Government and the trade unions which co-manage the unemployment insurance
    fund, and raised basic questions about the collective representation of
    unemployed people and the financial support for those unemployed long-term.

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    In a resolution [1] adopted by its executive committee on 5 December 1997,
    the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) expresses its belief that a
    well-defined, strategic social policy Action Programme is essential in
    underpinning the present phase of European integration and enlargement. It is
    argued that without a social dimension, the political and economic objectives
    of the EU, such as a high level of employment and social protection, equality
    between men and women and the combating of social exclusion and
    discrimination cannot be fully realised.

    [1] http://www.etuc.org/Exec/Resolutions/English/1297R3E.cfm

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    At the end of December 1997, the Institute of Personnel and Development (IPD)
    - the professional body for personnel managers - launched its /Management of
    equality/ awards. These will be awarded annually by the Equal Opportunities
    Commission (EOC), the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) and the Employers'
    Forum on Disability (EFD) to students taking IPD qualifications who come up
    with creative solutions to the problems of equal opportunities.

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    On 7 January 1998 the metalworkers' trade union, IG Metall, and the Steel
    Employers' Association (Arbeitgeberverband Stahl) signed a new collective
    agreement for the about 8,000 employees in the east German steel industry.
    The collective bargaining parties agreed on a flat-rate payment of DEM 330
    for the period October 1997 to December 1997 and a 2.6% wage increase from
    January 1998.

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    The Austrian Trade Union Federation (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund,
    ÖGB) has launched a campaign in 1998 to make good on one of its
    long-standing demands: the removal of the remaining legal differences between
    wage earners/blue-collar workers (Arbeiter) and salary earners/white-collar
    workers (Angestellten). In the late 1970s, equality in holiday regulations
    and severance pay was achieved. Now ÖGB wants regulations concerning wage
    earners' payment during sickness and dismissal notice periods to be brought
    up to salary earner standards. The ÖGB sees this as the final phase of a
    historical social policy project. The Austrian Chamber of the Economy
    (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, WKÖ) has made it clear it opposes any
    measure that would increase total wage costs, this being one of the hottest
    issues between social partners at national level. By the WKÖ's reckoning,
    upward equalisation would cost ATS 10 billion per year, while the ÖGB
    estimates the net cost to be about ATS 1 billion per year. There are 1.3
    million wage earners on annual average, about 43% of total employment.

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