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  • Article
    27 juli 1999

    An informal Labour and Social Affairs Council of Ministers meeting was held
    under the Finnish Presidency in Oulu, Finland from 8 to 10 July 1999, with
    the participation of the European-level social partners and the European
    Parliament. In line with the priorities of Finnish labour market policy in
    recent years (FI9708125F [1]), the Finnish government - which took over the
    EU Presidency in July 1999 - was keen to shift the focus of labour market
    policy away from youth unemployment towards the problems facing older
    workers. Ministers expressed concern at the lack of older workers in the
    labour market.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-social-policies/finland-launches-a-five-year-national-programme-for-older-workers

  • Article
    27 juli 1999

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) held its ninth Statutory
    Congress in Helsinki from 29 June to 2 July 1999 (EU9907182F [1]). The event
    coincided with the beginning of Finland's six-month term in the EU Presidency
    and on 1 July a delegation presented a memorandum to the Finnish Prime
    Minister and EU President in Office, Paavo Lipponen. The delegation consisted
    of the ETUC president, Fritz Verzetnitsch, and general secretary, Emilio
    Gabaglio, plus Lauri Ihalainen, chair of the Central Organisation of Finnish
    Trade Unions (Suomen Ammattiliittojen Keskusjärjestö, SAK), Esa Swanljung,
    chair of the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees
    (Toimihenkilökeskusjärjestö, STTK) and Risto Piekka, chair of the
    Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals (Akateemisten
    Toimihenkilöiden Keskusjärjestö, AKAVA). The memorandum sets out ETUC's
    demands, proposals and recommendations for the EU Presidency.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-labour-market/ninth-etuc-congress-calls-for-a-european-system-of-industrial-relations

  • Article
    27 juli 1999

    Negotiations have been going on for several months between the Belgian
    Bankers' Association (BVB/ABB) and the various trade unions involved -
    ACV/CSC, ABVV/FGTB and ACLVB/CGSLB- on a new national collective agreement
    for the banking sector. However, the talks became completely deadlocked in
    June 1999. The trade unions had already called several short stoppages and
    lightning strikes, but discontent about the failure to secure an agreement
    continued to mount and a one-day national strike was organised by the unions
    for 9 July.

  • Article
    27 juli 1999

    On 2 July 1999, the provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 [1]
    were brought into force, one year after receiving Royal Assent (UK9807137N
    [2]). The Act has been described as the most far-reaching "whistleblowing"
    legislation in the world. It provides remedies to workers who are dismissed
    or subjected to detriment by their employer for making certain categories of
    disclosure, ie a disclosure of information which, in the reasonable belief of
    the worker making the disclosure, concerns:

    [1] http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1998/19980023.htm
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/whistleblowers-charter-becomes-law

  • Article
    27 juli 1999

    In June 1999, an agreement was signed on the reorganisation of Rome's public
    environmental services company, Ama, leading to differences between the three
    main trade union confederations. Cisl and Uil disagree with Cgil on the way
    in which 2,200 people will be recruited by the newly-established company, Ama
    city.

  • Article
    27 juli 1999

    The ninth European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) Congress held in Helsinki
    from 29 June to 2 July 1999 (EU9907182F [1]) arguably indicated the European
    trade union movement's wish for far-reaching harmonisation in the area of
    social and employment policy. In the eyes of Danish public debate, the
    Congress presented an emerging picture of a trade union movement which wants
    to head a process towards, if not the "United Nations of Europe", then at
    least a strengthening of the federal features of the European Union. Even
    though the Danish public's attitude towards the EU has grown more positive
    (DK9906127F [2]), there is general scepticism about an extensive process of
    integration. This became evident at the European Parliament elections in June
    1999, at which the Danish parties and movements which are directly opposed
    to, or strongly sceptical towards, the EU maintained their support.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-labour-market/ninth-etuc-congress-calls-for-a-european-system-of-industrial-relations
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-business/social-partners-consider-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-the-euro

  • Article
    27 juli 1999

    The total number of requests to terminate employment contracts declined in
    the Netherlands in 1998, according to the Annual Report on termination
    statistics, issued in summer 1999. However, the number of requests related to
    occupational disability has increased.

  • Article
    27 juli 1999

    In 1998's rather favourable economic climate, collective bargaining in France
    was dominated by the reduction of working time, according to the Ministry for
    Employment and Solidarity's annual bargaining report, published in June 1999.
    Other trends recorded included: intersectoral bargaining falling off to an
    extremely low point; a recovery in the amount of sector-level bargaining at
    the end of the year; and considerable growth in company-level bargaining.

  • Article
    27 juli 1999

    In June 1999, the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) and the
    Confederation of Public Servants (ADEDY) officially adopted a position in
    favour of applying a "Tobin tax" to short-term capital movements.

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