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  • Towards union representation in local retail outlets ?

    In the retail and distributive sector, each type of shop - conventional department stores, retail shops, food supermarkets with at least two branches and independent retail shops - is covered by its own joint committee [1] and, depending on its type, its employees work 36, 38 or 40 hours a week, have pay differentials of between 20%- 25% and the right to be represented by a union delegation [2] or not. [1] [2]
  • New wage agreement for the public sector

    New wage agreements were reached on 25 May 1997 covering the Norwegian state sector, the municipal sector and the municipality of Oslo. The new agreements include a voluntary early retirement scheme for the age-group from 62-63 years and moderate wage increases. The wage settlement for the public sector is therefore in line with the settlement in the private sector with regard to total wage growth.
  • First agreement reached after labour reform

    The Spanish chemicals sector agreement signed in April 1997 takes into account the national agreement on labour market reform recently concluded by unions and employers, with respect to types of employment contract and temporary employment agencies
  • Unions fight the far Right's hijack of May Day

    The Vlaams Blok, a xenophobic and extreme right-wing Flemish nationalist party, is currently seeking legitimacy as the defender of "ordinary people". With its populist stand against immigrants and French-speakers, the party has won a large number of votes in some towns in Flanders, particularly amongst those sections of the population most badly hit by unemployment and worsening living conditions.
  • Pilots on strike at Air France

    The majority of pilots' trade unions represented in the Air France group took part in a relatively successful strike from 20-23 May 1997, protesting at the setting up of a two-tier salary system.
  • Disagreement on proposed new Danish Work Environment Act

    The high number of industrial injuries, recently reported by the Labour Inspectorate, have fuelled the debate on the new Work Environment Act, which is a part of the Government's action plan /Improved work environment year 2005/. According to the report on /Reported industrial injuries in the building and construction sector, 1993-1995/, the sector experienced a 22% increase in industrial injuries over the period in question (DK9704107F [1]). [1]
  • Swedish employers urged to negotiate on the reduction of working time

    "Negotiate a reduction of working time - or else public opinion will force through legislation". That was the message in an article written jointly by Prime MinisterGöran Persson and the chair of the Swedish Metal Workers' Union, Göran Johnsson, and published in the evening paper /Aftonbladet/ on 28 April 1997. Considering that one of the authors is the Prime Minister of Sweden, it could be seen as a veiled threat to the employers. In the 1997 bargaining round, several trade unions called for a cut in working hours, and the employers consistently rejected them.
  • Agreement on journalists' copyright in digital media reached after years of disputes

    On 30 April 1997 theSwedish Union of Journalists (SJF) and the Swedish Publishers' Association (TU) reached agreement on employed journalists' author's rights in digital media.
  • Volkswagen gives up on internal temporary employment agency

    On 2 April 1997 it became public that during the ongoing collective bargaining at the German automobile company, Volkswagen, management had made a proposal to create a new "internal temporary employment agency" (Zeitarbeitsgesellschaft). Depending on the incoming orders, the agency's newly hired employees would be set to work at the different Volkswagen plants. Volkswagen proposed to pay the new temporary employees under the terms and conditions of the current branch-level collective agreement in the metalworking industry.
  • European Works Councils - transposition completed in Greece

    A Presidential Decree on the establishment of European Works Councils (EWCs) in Greece was signed on 20 March 1997. Its purpose is to transpose into Greek law EC Directive 94/45/EC on the provision of information and consultation to employees in Community-scale undertakings and Community-scale groups of undertakings, which, under the terms of the Directive, should have been transposed by 22 September 1996. The Presidential Decree takes up the option provided in the Directive of not applying its provisions to maritime workers.