27 März 2000
In February 2000, the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) launched a national media campaign to highlight the benefits of an "age diverse workforce" and to promote the code of practice on age diversity in employment  issued by the government in June 1999 (UK9906110N ). The campaign includes newspaper advertisements with the slogan "Age prejudice - you're old enough to know better", which aim to show that age discrimination at work is a waste of talent. The DfEE says that over 40,000 copies of the code of practice on age diversity in employment have been distributed. A DfEE conference on age diversity and the opening of a website dedicated to the issue are to take place later in 2000.  http://www.dfee.gov.uk/agediversity/  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/new-code-of-practice-targets-age-discrimination-in-employment
27 Februar 2000
UK transposition of the EU Directive on part-time work is due by April 2000. The Employment Relations Act 1999  gave the trade and industry secretary powers to make Regulations to prevent discrimination against part-time workers, including for the purpose of implementing Council Directive (97/81/EC) on the framework agreement on part-time work  (EU9712175N ), and to issue a supporting code of practice (UK9912145F ). On 17 January 2000, the trade and industry secretary, Stephen Byers, published draft Regulations for consultation .  http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1999/19990026.htm  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31997L0081&model=guichett  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-affairs-council-adopts-directive-to-implement-part-time-work-agreement  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/employment-relations-act-starts-to-take-effect  http://www.dti.gov.uk/IR/ptcondoc.pdf
27 Februar 2000
December 1999 and January 2000 saw developments in several important areas which have been the subject of EIRO records in recent months. These are outlined below.
27 Januar 2000
Since the March 1999 social partners' agreement on fixed-term work  (EU9903162N ), which was subsequently transposed into EU law by the Directive  of June 1999 (EU9907181F ), theEuropean Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE) have been promoting diverging approaches towards developing the agenda and role of the intersectoral EU-level social dialogue process, particularly in relation to the desirability of further framework agreements under the "social chapter" of theAmsterdam Treaty .  http://europa.eu.int/comm/dg05/soc-dial/social/fixed_en.htm  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-sign-fixed-term-contracts-agreement  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31999L0070&model=guichett  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/new-directive-set-to-improve-rights-of-fixed-term-contract-workers  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=t19ml&model=guichett
27 Januar 2000
The UK's Transnational Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 1999  were laid before parliament on 14 December and came into force on 15 January 2000 - one month later than the implementation deadline specified in the 1997 Directive  which applied the requirements of the original 1994 European Works Councils (s) Directive  to the UK.  http://www.dti.gov.uk/IR/ewcfinal.pdf  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31997L0074&model=guichett  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31994L0045&model=guichett
27 Januar 2000
In early January 2000, press reports suggested that the Labour government has decided not to uprate the national minimum wage (NMW) in April, the first anniversary of the NMW's introduction (UK9904196F ), prompting protests from trade unions and Labour MP s who favour an increase. Although no official statement has yet been issued, ministers are said to believe that it is too early to assess the full effects of the NMW on the economy and jobs. April 2001 is seen as the most likely date for the first uprating of the NMW. The indications of the government's likely approach followed the submission to ministers of an evaluation of the NMW's impact drawn up by the Low Pay Commission . The Commission's report, and the response of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), are expected to be published shortly.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/the-uks-first-national-minimum-wage  http://www.dti.gov.uk/lowpay/
27 Dezember 1999
On 16 November 1999, Roger Lyons, general secretary of the Manufacturing Science Finance (MSF) trade union announced plans for a merger with the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU). With a combined membership of over 1 million (the AEEU reported some 720,000 members in 1998, the MSF some 430,000), the merged union would have a strong presence in manufacturing but would also represent workers in a range of other sectors including construction, energy supply, financial services and public services. Proposals for the new union follow a number of major union mergers over recent years (UK9705131N ), most recently between three unions in the financial services sector to create UNIFI (UK9903193N ). A merger between the AEEU and MSF would create the UK's second-largest union behind the public services union UNISON, which was itself formed when three unions merged in 1993.  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/are-trade-union-mergers-the-way-forward  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/finance-workers-vote-for-merged-super-union
27 Dezember 1999
On 22 November 1999, staff at British Telecommunications (BT) call centres staged a one-day strike in protest at their "intolerable" working conditions. According to the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) which organised the strike, around 95% of its 4,000 members in 37 call centres took industrial action in what was the first national strike at BT for 13 years. The move followed a ballot in which 81% of those voting supported industrial action to highlight a range of staff concerns involving "stress, a bullying management style, unachievable targets and the widespread use of agency workers", and the failure of "11th-hour" talks between management and union officials. Following the strike, the union said that BT management had agreed to meet CWU officials to discuss the issues, but, pending a successful outcome to the talks, further days of action were planned for 10 December and early in the new year.
27 November 1999
John Monks, the general secretary of the UK's Trades Union Congress (TUC), has strongly criticised the Labour government for acting as the "key organiser" of a blocking minority within the EU Council to prevent the adoption of the draft EU Directive on national information and consultation rules. Speaking at the annual conference of the Institute for Personnel and Development on 28 October 1999, Mr Monks warned that this is probably the issue on which there is the "sharpest divide" between "new Labour" and the unions. In September, the TUC's 1999 Congress passed a resolution regretting the government's stance on the draft Directive and calling for its speedy adoption.
27 November 1999
On 25 October 1999, a meeting between Jacques Nasser, president of Ford, and senior leaders of four UK unions - the Transport and General Workers Union (TGWU), the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU), the GMB general union and the MSF white-collar union - resulted in a joint statement outlining plans for a review of equal opportunities policies in the US-based motor manufacturing company's UK plants. The meeting had been sought by TGWU general secretary Bill Morris following an employment tribunal hearing in September at which the company was reported to have admitted liability for the sustained racial abuse of an Asian production worker, Sukhjit Parmar, by supervisors at the Ford Dagenham engine plant. The company said that the allegations had been fully investigated and were being dealt with through internal disciplinary procedures.