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  • Article
    27 Februar 1997

    The European Commission has recently published its report on progress made in
    the implementation of equitable wage policies since 1993. The aim of
    providing all employees with an equitable wage was enshrined in the Charter
    of the Fundamental Social Rights of Workers, which was adopted by 11 member
    states (with the exception of the UK) in 1989. In accordance with the 1989
    social Action Programme, the Commission published an Opinion in 1993, which
    stated that the pursuit of an equitable wage must be seen as part of the
    general drive to achieve higher productivity and employment creation, and to
    foster good relations between the two sides of industry. The member states
    were encouraged to give substance to their commitment made in adopting the
    Social Charter, by working towards the establishment of an equitable wages
    policy. This was to be achieved through greater labour market transparency
    with regard to wages. The social partners were also called upon to contribute
    to the achievement of this aim.

  • Article
    27 Februar 1997

    The central social partners - the Austrian Trade Union Confederation
    (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund,ÖGB) and the Austrian Chamber of
    Commerce (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, WKÖ), the statutory body grouping
    almost all nonagricultural enterprises - have for some time been discussing a
    range of changes to the 1969 Working Time Law (Arbeitszeitgesetz, AZG). The
    aim is to maintain competitiveness and employment by making possible a more
    uneven distribution of working hours over time, without financial penalty to
    the employer. This is expected to lead to higher productivity, better use of
    plant, lower inventories, and a capability to respond more swiftly to
    variations in demand. The trade unions also hope to achieve a reduction of
    hours worked by individual employees in favour of more employment.

  • Article
    27 Februar 1997

    One of the continuing quarrels between the Social Democrat Government and the
    largest trade union confederation, the Confederation of Trade Unions for
    Blue-Collar Workers (Landsorganisationen or LO), appears to have been settled
    by an agreement on the overall features of the unemployment insurance system,
    presented on 12 February. Formally, the Government is not involved in the
    settlement, but the details of the settlement were presented in a press
    release from the Ministry of Labour and in person by the Minister of Labour,
    Margareta Winberg, together with LO's vice-president, Wanja Lundby-Wedin.

  • Article
    27 Februar 1997

    In February, the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) launched a consultative
    paper aimed at influencing the pre-election commitments of both the
    Conservative Party and Labour Party. The union, which is firmly against
    privatisation of the Post Office, has called for legislation to turn it into
    an independent corporation, with the level of dividends pegged at 40% of
    post-tax profits. The union feels that its proposals will have equal appeal
    to all political parties because of the weight of public opinion opposing
    privatisation.

  • Article
    27 Februar 1997

    On 21 February 1997, theMinistry of Finance and the Danish Central Federation
    of State Employees (CFU) signed a new collective agreement for the period
    1997-9, covering 225,000 government employees. The parties agreed on a total
    4.25% increase, of which 2.9% is to be allocated for a general pay rise, and
    1.35% for pensions and other purposes. Additionally, a wage adjustment scheme
    has been introduced to take account of private sector increases

  • Article
    27 Februar 1997

    In a context of increasingly difficult youth employment in France, and of
    social tension about what course of action to take, a recent national
    conference has defined a number of concrete objectives. These seek to secure
    employment for the most disadvantaged, and to expose students to the world of
    work for the first time. These aims are based on a series of commitments on
    the part of industry, Government and the social partners - who remain at odds
    in their analysis - the effects of which must be monitored.

  • Article
    27 Februar 1997

    Industrial action has accompanied trade unions' pay demands in Spain's public
    administration since late 1996, and the threat of further action has been
    made if negotiations are not started immediately.

  • Article
    27 Februar 1997

    In a recent press interview, Padraig Flynn, the European commissioner
    responsible for industrial relations and social affairs, expressed his unease
    at press reports that the social partners' negotiations on part-time work
    were heading for collapse, and stated that he remained hopeful of a positive
    outcome. Senior trade union negotiator and deputy general secretary of the
    European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), Jean Lapeyre, also stated that he
    remained convinced that the negotiations could succeed. He stressed, however,
    that if part-time work was to be made more attractive and acceptable for
    workers, assurance of "decent social protection" had to be offered.

  • Article
    27 Februar 1997

    Testing 1,2,3 Minimum wages in Austria are known as "collective agreement
    wages" because they are set by collective bargaining rather than by law,
    though it is unlawful to pay less than the collective agreement wage. Because
    of the large number of collective agreements concluded independently of each
    other, substantial variations in increases in the minimum wage can arise
    between industries or groups of employees. It is only possible to estimate
    the overall change of the minimum wage rate retrospectively. The annual
    estimate and the detailed monthly reporting are both carried out by the
    Central Statistical Office (Österreichisches Statistisches Zentralamt,
    ÖSTAT) based on reports received from the trade unions.

  • Article
    27 Februar 1997

    Declining union membership and a legal and ideological attack on the role of
    trade unions over the past 17 years may have left many with the opinion that
    employees no longer value the right to act collectively. It has been argued
    that the attack on the unions throughout the 1980s and 1990s has left the
    unions weak and unable to protect members' rights. Alternatively, it has been
    argued that people now prefer to negotiate their own employment contracts
    individually and do not need trade unions.

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