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  • First agreement on five weeks' paid holidays

    After three months' bargaining, the annual revision of the national collective agreement covering banks and other credit institutions was concluded in April 1997. It is the first collective agreement in Portugal to grant five weeks' paid holidays, and also increases pay and improves maternity and paternity provisions
  • 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.
  • First collective agreement at Guardian Automotive Europe SA

    In March 1997, Guardian Europe SA, signed its first-ever collective agreement for blue-collar workers. The deal provides for pay increases, while its provisions on other terms and conditions largely mirror statutory provisions.
  • Agreement between AKZO-Nobel and the unions

    On 8 April, AKZO-Nobel and the unions reached agreement on both working time reductions and pay increases. The dispute, which had served to divide AKZO-Nobel and the industrial unions since 13 March (NL9703108N [1]), was resolved to everyone's satisfaction. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/akzo-nobel-abandons-a-standard-36-hour-week
  • Government agrees on principles of training guarantee for long-term unemployed people

    The Finnish Government has recently agreed on some of the principles of a "training guarantee" scheme, starting with funding for a training allowance for long-term unemployed people.
  • New rules for family credits

    The Standing Committee for Social Dialogue (the Economic and Social Council's tripartite committee) has approved new rules relating to family credits in Portugal.
  • Government invitation to social dialogue

    Taking into account significant changes in the international environment and their impact on the Greek economy, the Government in March 1997 announced that it would invite the social partners to a process of social dialogue on a set of three themes: development, competitiveness and employment. The first meeting is scheduled to take place towards the end of May. Participants in the dialogue include representatives of Ministries, employer and employee organisations from both the private and the public sectors and the Chambers of Commerce, amongst others.
  • Negotiations on retirement age equality postponed

    Government plans to amend Finnish legislation to bring it into line with EU equality law have recently proved controversial with the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK). Following negotiations, further discussion of the issue has been postponed to autumn 1997.
  • UK now one of the least strike-prone countries in the OECD

    An international comparison of labour disputes from 1986 to 1995 by /Labour Market Trends/ (April 1997) highlights that the UK had the fourth-lowest strike rate of the 22 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 1995. Only Austria, Switzerland and Germany had a lower level of strikes than the UK. The UK strike rate has been below the OECD average since 1986 and below the EU average since 1990. Between 1991 and 1995 the average rate in the UK was 24 working days lost per 1,000 workers - an 82% fall over the previous five-year period. But the UK's rise in the international "league table" of two places since 1994 took place despite an increase in the strike rate itself.
  • TAP-Air Portugal pilots react against loss of compensation

    Workers at TAP-Air Portugal issued a general notice to strike on 24-25 April 1997 in protest at revised flight and rest-time schedules

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