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  • 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.

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    The number of working days lost through strikes in France in 1996 decreased
    sharply from the number recorded in 1995, according to figures published in
    late 1997. Rates are now back to levels registered in the early 1990s.

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    A survey of 374 organisations by the recruitment company, Reed Personnel,
    conducted prior to Christmas 1997, showed that the number of companies
    opening on Christmas Day has grown by a third over the past decade.
    Traditionally only organisations such as hospitals, the emergency services,
    hotels, telephone operator services and the media worked on Christmas Day,
    but this has now extended to the service sector in general and even to some
    manufacturing establishments. The service sector showed the largest increase
    in the proportion of establishments opening, up from 6% to 8% over the
    decade, while manufacturing rose from zero to 1%.

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    In May 1997, the group of experts on "European systems of worker
    involvement", known as the Davignon group, after its chair, issued its report
    [1] (EU9705128N [2]). The group had been set up by the European Commission
    essentially to suggest ways of breaking the deadlock on worker involvement
    measures which had blocked the adoption of the European Company Statute for
    many years. The report set out recommendations for the information,
    consultation and board-level participation of employees in the European
    Company (SE), which were then largely taken up by the Luxembourg EU
    Presidency of the second half of 1997 in a new draft version of the Statute
    (EU9710158N [3]).

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/soc-dial/labour/davignon/davien.htm
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/davignon-group-on-worker-involvement-publishes-recommendations
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/labour-and-social-affairs-council-dominated-by-preparations-for-jobs-summit

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    Against the background of increasing mass unemployment, and following
    legislation in 1996, partial retirement (Altersteilzeit) has become a very
    prominent bargaining issue between the German social partners (DE9708224F
    [1]). According to a recent study by the Institute for Economics and Social
    Science (Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches Institut, WSI) there are
    now 15 branch-level collective agreements and several company agreements on
    partial retirement covering altogether about 5 million employees.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-policies-undefined/collective-agreements-on-partial-retirement

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    An agreement signed in Pistoia, Italy in December 1997 by metalworkers' trade
    unions and the Europa Metalli company has created 20 new jobs, manufacturing
    the metal to be used in the new Euro coins.

  • Article
    27 januar 1998

    The UK Labour Government is committed by its election manifesto to obliging
    employers to recognise a trade union where this is supported in a ballot by
    employees (UK9704125F [1]). Details of how the Government intends to
    implement this proposal are expected in a White Paper on "fairness at work"
    to be issued in early 1998, and legislation is planned for the 1998-9
    parliamentary session. As part of the policy-making process, government
    ministers have encouraged the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the
    Trades Union Congress (TUC) to engage in talks to resolve some of the
    practical problems raised by recognition legislation, making it clear that an
    agreed approach is likely to prove persuasive. The Government also indicated
    that if the two sides failed to agree it would proceed to issue its own
    proposals. Discussions between the CBI and TUC took place during the autumn
    of 1997 and concluded in early December with the publication of a joint
    statement identifying not only issues on which the parties could agree but
    also significant areas of continuing disagreement.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-labour-market/the-industrial-relations-consequences-of-the-new-labour-government

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