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  • Article
    27 november 1997

    In October and November 1997, based on proposals by Martin Bangemann, the
    commissioner responsible for industry, the European Commission adopted
    communications to the Council of Ministers, the European Parliament and
    Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, aimed at
    improving the competitiveness of two sectors of European industry -
    textiles/clothing and construction.

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    In late 1997, trade unions representing Portuguese lorry drivers began the
    process of bargaining over a new collective agreement for 1998. In contrast
    with their French counterparts, Portuguese lorry drivers seem unlikely to
    take high-profile industrial action in support of their demands.

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    In September/October 1997, the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs
    (Bundesministerium für Arbeit, Gesundheit und Soziales, BMAGS) published a
    report based on commissioned research undertaken by Birgit Buchinger, Ulrike
    Gschwandtner and others on the use and prevalence of performance-based wage
    systems in Austria. "Leistung lohnt sich nicht"/. Zur Dekonstruktion des
    Mythos Leistungslohn/ ("Performance doesn't pay"/: The deconstruction of the
    myth of payment by results/) is available free of charge from the Ministry as
    Research Report in Social and Labour Market Policy No. 60. What follows is a
    summary of the report's contents and findings.

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    In November 1997, the Greek Government submitted to Parliament its 1998
    Budget, which has been characterised as the most restrictive of the past
    decade.

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    The merger of two of Ireland's largest dairy companies, Avonmore and
    Waterford, to form the new Avonmore Waterford Group (AWG), which was approved
    during the summer of 1997 by shareholders, is to involve a major
    rationalisation programme, details of which were announced on 24 November.
    The company is looking for at least 750 job cuts from a total workforce of
    6,500 in Ireland. It is now the fourth largest dairy company in Europe and
    the fourth largest in terms of worldwide cheese production.

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    The Luxembourg Presidency of the European Union organised a special
    Employment Summit [1] European Council meeting on 20-21 November 1997
    (EU9711168F [2]). In order to prepare for the event, the Belgian Government
    and social partners organised a conference aimed at formulating the point of
    view of the Government and the social partners with respect to the four
    priorities proposed by the European Commission for discussion at the Summit
    in Luxembourg, as follows.

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/elm/summit/en/home.htm
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/employment-summit-agrees-limited-package-of-measures-to-combat-unemployment

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    A recent decree, approved in November 1997, has significantly reformed the
    system of employers' representation for collective bargaining within the
    Italian public administration. This article discusses the changes made to the
    structure and tasks of Aran, the agency which negotiates with trade unions in
    the public administration. An important effect of these changes will be a
    greater role for individual units of the public administration in the
    bargaining system.

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    Four large Dutch trade unions, which already cooperate in the FNV
    confederation, have recently decided to merge. The merger is to be finalised
    in January 1998, resulting in a union with almost half a million members. For
    the first time, those receiving social benefits and older people will be
    incorporated into the organisation as a distinct industrial group. This
    merger has also prompted more intensive cooperation between other Dutch
    unions.

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    Trade unions and management at Mercedes Benz's Spanish operations agreed in
    mid-1997 to create a pool of working hours aimed at achieving greater
    flexibility in the use of labour and avoiding redundancies. They have also
    agreed to convert temporary contracts into permanent contracts and to
    introduce a retirement procedure.

  • Article
    27 november 1997

    The European Parliament Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted a
    report in October 1997 on the framework agreement on part-time work [1]
    concluded by the European-level social partners on 6 June 1997 (EU9706131F
    [2]). The agreement is currently being given legal force via a draft Council
    Directive (EU9707139N [3]) The Committee's report expresses the European
    Parliament's support for enshrining the principle of non-discrimination
    against part-time workers in legislation, but criticises the fact that the
    agreement is limited to part-time work and does not cover other forms of
    "atypical" employment. The agreement also excludes social security matters
    which, it argues, need to be covered by legislation. In this respect the
    agreement falls short of the standards enshrined in International Labour
    Organisation (ILO) conventions. The report argues that, without such a basis,
    the agreement allows exceptions to the principle of non-discrimination on the
    basis of "technical" or "objective" reasons, such as part-time workers who
    work only on a casual basis, or who do not qualify because of certain
    thresholds based on length of service, working time and salary conditions.

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/soc-dial/social/parttime_en.htm
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/social-partners-reach-framework-agreement-on-part-time-work
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/commission-adopts-draft-directive-on-part-time-work

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