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  • Article
    27 april 1998

    The Belgian Government has drawn up on its own the National Action Plan [1]
    (NAP) on employment which it will submit to the European Council summit
    meeting in Cardiff in June 1998. It did not succeed in reaching agreement on
    the plan with the social partners. All EU Member States were required to draw
    up NAPs based on the EU Guidelines for Member States' employment policies
    1998 [2], following the Luxembourg"Employment Summit" in November 1997
    (EU9711168F [3]).

    [1] http://www.europa.eu.int/en/comm/dg05/elm/naps/be_en.pdf
    [2] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/elm/summit/en/papers/guide2.htm
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/employment-summit-agrees-limited-package-of-measures-to-combat-unemployment

  • Article
    27 april 1998

    The Union of City-Centre Department Stores (Union des commerces de centre
    ville, UCV) followed the example of the French Banks' Association
    (Association française des banques, AFB) and entered into negotiations on
    the reduction of working time at the beginning of 1998 (FR9802194F [1]). Like
    the AFB, UCV too has now decided to terminate the sectoral collective
    agreement covering 40,000 workers on the grounds that the negotiations had
    "no chance of succeeding". The UCV entered the discussions with the aim of
    securing the annualisation of working time to compensate for the forthcoming
    move to a 35-hour statutory working week (FR9710169F [2]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/sectoral-agreement-terminated-by-banking-employers
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations-social-policies/conference-on-employment-pay-and-working-time

  • Article
    27 april 1998

    On 20 April 1998, main proceedings were due to begin in case before the
    Labour Court, in which the Commercial Employees' Union (Handelsanställdas
    förbund, Handels) had sued Small Shops Sverige AB, the company which
    operates the 7-Eleven chain of shops, for SEK 1 million compensation for a
    breach of the collective agreement (SE9703108N [1]). On 8 April, however, the
    parties settled the dispute and agreed to withdraw the case from the court. A
    new collective agreement has been drawn up, in which the company agrees to
    pay its employees the same unsocial hours bonus as other employees in the
    retail trade.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/dispute-over-unsocial-hours-bonus-in-7-eleven-shops-ends-up-in-the-labour-court

  • Article
    27 april 1998

    On 31 March 1998, the German construction workers' trade union, IG
    Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG Bau), and the three Italian construction workers'
    unions, Feneal-Uil, Filca-Cisl and Fillea-Cgil, signed a new agreement for
    closer cooperation and mutual recognition of union membership. This agreement
    is a reaction by the unions to the constantly growing number of posted
    workers in the construction industry since freedom of movement was guaranteed
    by the introduction of the European single market. From now on, as a result
    of the new agreement, all members of the Italian construction workers' unions
    who work in Germany, even for a short period, are to get free legal advice
    and aid from the German union's offices. Furthermore Italian union members
    who work for a longer period in Germany can easily become members of IG Bau,
    and vice versa. At the moment, IG Bau has about 5,000 Italian members

  • Article
    27 april 1998

    The long-awaited report of Ireland's National Minimum Wage Commission,
    published in April 1998, is set to herald the introduction of a national
    minimum wage of around IEP 4.40 per hour. The target date set by the
    Commission is 1 April 2000, a date which would deliberately coincide with the
    commencement of a new national agreement between the social partners when the
    current /Partnership 2000/ (P2000) deal (IE9702103F [1]) expires. Therefore,
    the precise details of the minimum wage will also, as asserted by Enterprise,
    Trade and Employment Minister, Mary Harney, be hammered out "in the context
    of negotiations on a successor to P2000".

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/social-partners-agree-three-year-national-programme

  • Article
    27 april 1998

    The criteria for receiving social welfare benefits in Italy will change
    considerably with the recent creation of the "economic situation indicator"
    (Indicatore della situazione economica, Ise) (IT9803157N [1]). This means
    that in order to receive welfare benefits, every citizen will have to submit
    a self-declaration on his or her financial situation, which will also give
    the public authorities permission to check the applicant's personal finances.
    The Government and social partners believe that this system will be very
    useful in the fight against tax evasion and that it also guarantees greater
    fairness in the distribution of services.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/new-rules-on-access-to-social-benefits

  • Article
    27 april 1998

    The Portuguese subsidiary of the German-owned electronics company, Siemens,
    began a collective dismissal [1] procedure involving 208 workers in February
    1998, completing the final closure of a facility in Porto Alto that had
    provided 400 temporary, short-term and permanent jobs.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/collective-dismissal-0

  • Article
    27 april 1998

    On 6 April 1998, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) published the results
    of a ballot which showed that 93% of its members who voted were prepared to
    take industrial action, short of a strike, over the issue of too much "red
    tape" and paperwork in schools. Doug McAvoy, the NUT general secretary said
    that "this was an overwhelming vote in favour of reducing the workload on
    teachers resulting from bureaucratic activities." However, the turnout in the
    ballot was low at only 28%.

  • Article
    27 april 1998

    In April 1998, more than 20,000 workers in the postal services across the
    whole of Spain supported rallies and protests called by the Unitary Trade
    Union Platform (Plataforma Sindical Unitaria) against the liberalisation of
    these services. Workers and all the representative trade unions (CC.OO, UGT,
    CSI-CSIF,Sindicato Libre, CIG, ELA and CGT) have therefore now expressed
    their unanimous opposition to a bill on liberalisation presented by the
    Government.

  • Article
    27 april 1998

    At their fifth negotiating meeting on 21 April 1998, the social partners in
    the construction industry succeeded in concluding an agreement on the wages
    of 130,000 blue-collar workers in the sector (AT9804177F [1]). Basic rates
    will rise by 2% from 1 May 1998, whilst actual wages will move up in line
    with this increase.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/working-conditions-undefined-industrial-relations/difficult-negotiations-in-construction-industry

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