06 Mai 2002
In late April 2002, it was reported that the European Commission has taken the first steps towards initiating legal proceedings against the UK over its alleged failure to comply fully with the requirements of the 1993 EU working time Directive (93/104/EC) . Following a complaint by the British trade union Amicus, the Commission has written to the UK government under Article 226 of the European Community (EC) Treaty seeking its observations on three aspects of the UK's Working Time Regulations 1999 , which the union argued do not correctly implement the Directive.  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=31993L0104&model=guichett  http://www.hmso.gov.uk/si/si1999/19993372.htm
08 April 2002
On 26 February 2002, as part of its decision to build the estate version of the Peugeot 206 model at its Ryton plant near Coventry, the French-based car manufacturing company PSA Peugeot Citroën announced that it is to is to end the long-standing industry tradition of a three-week summer shutdown. Instead, some 700 temporary staff will be recruited in an innovative scheme to maintain continuous production throughout the summer. Each new temporary worker will be given one week's training.
20 März 2002
The Labour government elected in May 1997 was re-elected for a second five-year term at the general election held in June 2001. The Labour Party's majority over all other parties in the lower house of parliament, the House of Commons, fell slightly but remained substantial at 167.
11 März 2002
On 18 February 2002, the /Financial Times/ led its front page with a report on a 'leaked' draft EU Directive prepared by the European Commission, which would give temporary agency workers the right to the same remuneration and employment conditions as directly-employed workers doing comparable jobs. It also reported that the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) had written to the Commission urging a rethink of its proposals, which the CBI considered would be 'very damaging to the UK labour market'.
04 Februar 2002
In its latest annual survey of union recognition, published on 21 January 2002, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) reports that unions won 470 new union recognition agreements from employers in 2001 - almost three times the number (159) secured the previous year.
29 Januar 2002
On 15 January 2002, the European Commission began the much-anticipated first phase of formal consultations with the EU-level social partner organisations with the aim of stimulating dialogue about establishing the 'principles' governing 'socially intelligent' restructuring.
15 Januar 2002
The introduction of euro notes and coins across the 12 EU Member States in the 'euro-zone' on 1 January 2002 has prompted renewed debate in the UK about the prospects of joining the European single currency. Comments on the issue by the leaders of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the employers' organisation CBI received widespread media coverage over the holiday period.
15 Januar 2002
On 17 December 2001, a conciliation committee made up of representatives of the European Parliament (EP) and EU Council of Ministers agreed a joint text of the long-debated Directive on the information and consultation of employees. The move follows the EP's adoption in October 2001 of a series of amendments (EU0110206F ) to the Council's 'common position' draft of the Directive (EU0106219F ). As not all the proposed amendments were acceptable to the Council, the draft Directive entered the conciliation phase of the EU's co-decision procedure, resulting in agreement on a compromise text. Final adoption of the Directive is now subject to the formal ratification of the joint text by the EP and the Council, expected in February 2002.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/european-parliament-calls-for-amendments-to-information-and-consultation-directive  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-labour-market/council-of-ministers-reaches-political-agreement-on-employee-consultation-directive
15 Januar 2002
On 13 December 2001, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published a consultation document, Towards equality and diversity , outlining how the government intends to implement the requirements of the EU Directives on equal treatment in employment and occupation (2000/78/EC )(EU0102295F ) and race discrimination (2000/43/EC )(EU0006256F ), both adopted in 2000. The consultation document sets out proposals for new legislation to prohibit discrimination in work and training on grounds of age, religion and sexual orientation and for amendments to the existing Disability Discrimination and Race Relations Acts.  http://www.dti.gov.uk/er/equality/  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=32000L0078&model=guichett  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-social-policies/new-framework-equal-treatment-directive-examined  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=32000L0043&model=guichett  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/employment-and-social-policy-council-agrees-race-discrimination-directive
05 Dezember 2001
In early November 2001, the main UK employers' organisation, the CBI, held its annual conference in Birmingham. The conference was addressed by a range of leading government figures including the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, as well as the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), John Monks.