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  • Article
    27 december 1997

    On 9 December 1997 the pension reform for those employees of the Austrian
    Federal Railways (Österreichische Bundesbahnen, ÖBB) with civil servant
    status was concluded. This was the final part of the pensions reform the
    Government had set out to achieve at the beginning of 1007 (AT9711144F [1]).
    Because ÖBB pensions are not regulated by law or by collective agreement but
    by individual employment contracts, the reform posed serious problems. It was
    finally achieved by way of a delicate balance between legal reform and works
    agreement. This was accompanied by serious tensions within the coalition
    Government.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-social-policies/pension-reform-nears-completion

  • Article
    27 december 1997

    After many difficult attempts to resolve the problem of illegal immigration
    and work in Greece, the process of legalising the status of aliens living and
    working in Greece is set to begin soon, following a government initiative in
    December 1997.

  • Article
    27 december 1997

    The Finnish Medical Association (Suomen Lääkäriliitto, SLL) is one of the
    few trade unions that have decided not to approve the central incomes policy
    agreement, signed on 12 December 1997 by trade union and employers'
    confederations (FI9801145F [1]). The employers of the doctors concerned, the
    Commission for Local Authority Employers (Kunnallinen työmarkkinalaitos,
    KT), made a proposal for an agreement but the doctors decided to reject it.
    According to SLL, the proposal did not resolve the dispute concerning
    doctors' working hours. The income of medical doctors will decrease
    significantly in 1998 if they become fully subject the new Working Hours Act
    ( which has been in force from the beginning of 1997). Until now, no drastic
    changes have taken place due to local agreements. If these local agreements
    cannot be prolonged, the limitations of the Act will take full effect. The EU
    Directive on certain aspects of the organisation of working time [2]
    (93/104/EC) forbids long sessions of emergency duty and the doctors want the
    resulting loss of income to be compensated by increasing wages for normal
    working time. Previously, the pay of hospital doctors consisted to a large
    extent of remuneration for emergency duties.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/second-incomes-policy-agreement-for-employment-is-signed
    [2] http://europa.eu.int/comm/sg/scadplus/leg/en/cha/c10405.htm

  • Article
    27 december 1997

    The Dutch economy continued to develop favourably in 1997. The level of
    economic growth stood at 3.3%, which is higher than the EU average. Although
    inflation in the Netherlands, at 2.2%, was considerably higher than the EU
    average, it was fairly stable. The General Government Financial Balance for
    1997 was -2.0% of GDP (NLG 14.2 billion - ECU 6.4 billion). Eurostat put
    public debt at 72.1% of GDP. Unemployment decreased significantly again in
    1997, and the number of unemployed persons stood at 336,000 (6.4%) in the
    last quarter of 1997.

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    Members of the SIPTU trade union at Howmedica International, the manufacturer
    of surgical implants owned by the USA-based Pfizer Group, concluded an
    agreement with management in mid-September 1997. The deal provides for
    improved benefits, a more direct form of employee participation based on
    partnership and active employee support for "continuous improvement"
    measures. Some 200 SIPTU members are employed at the plant, which is located
    in the mid-western city of Limerick.

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    Trade union confederations in Portugal have adopted their public positions
    with respect to the 1998 state Budget. Taxation issues are being given urgent
    attention in an attempt to correct a range of anomalies.

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    A recent report from Norsk Institutt for personalutvikling og administrasjon
    (NIPA) indicates that management salaries within the private sector have
    increased significantly over the past year. Salaries have increased most for
    top management, with an increase of 28% from 1 September 1996 to 1 September
    1997. However, managers below this level have also received increases which
    significantly exceed the average wage growth for Norwegian wage earners. The
    study is based on a survey which covers 1,600 managers in 53 private firms.

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    The Italian Government's undertaking in October 1997 to present a bill in
    Parliament which will reduce the working week to 35 hours has provoked the
    outright opposition of the Confindustria employers' confederation and sparked
    broad debate on the future of "concertation" in Italy.

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    From May to November 1997, two trade unions have been leading campaigns at
    Electrabel, the electricity generating and distribution company, to encourage
    recruitment through the introduction of the 32-hour working week.

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