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  • Article
    27 Μάρτιος 1997

    Since the beginning of the 1990s, the German system of centralised sectoral
    collective bargaining (Flächentarifvertrag), which guarantees all employees
    in a certain sector more or less the same basic income and working
    conditions, has been under increasing pressure. With growing
    internationalisation of capital and markets and an increasing pressure of
    international competition, more and more employers and economic experts have
    been demanding a more decentralised and company-related collective bargaining
    system. German unification in 1990 brought a further dynamism to the debate.
    Originally, all the relevant social partners agreed to transfer the western
    collective bargaining system to eastern Germany, but because of the
    continuing immense economic problems. more and more eastern employers became
    dissatisfied with that decision. For instance, in the eastern metal industry
    the proportion of employers who are members of an employers' association
    decreased from 60% in 1991 to 36% in 1994 - though still covering between 55%
    and 65% of the employees ("Ostdeutsche Tariflandschaften", Ingrid Artus and
    Rudi Schmidt, in Die Mitbestimmung No. 11, p. 34-36 (1996)).

  • Article
    27 Μάρτιος 1997

    According to the study/, Analysis of the prevalence of home-based telework in
    Denmark,/ carried out by Andersen Management International for the Ministry
    of Research and Information Technology, it is estimated that the potential
    number of people carrying out home-based telework will increase over the next
    decade, from 9,000 at present to 250,000. The study defines home-based
    telework as situations where 20% or more of work is carried out from a
    home-based workplace using information technology. Home-based telework is
    expected to be more efficient if it is limited to two to three working days a
    week.

  • Article
    27 Μάρτιος 1997

    At the end of February 1997, the social partners in Luxembourg's hospital
    sector concluded a new collective agreement in a "cooperative" atmosphere.
    The deal provides for pay increases and a reduction and reorganisation of
    working hours for 5,000 employees.

  • Article
    27 Μάρτιος 1997

    On 5 March 1997, the Italian Prime Minister, Romano Prodi, informed the
    political parties and social partners about the report drawn up by the
    "Commission for macroeconomic compatibility of social expenditure", a
    committee of experts established by the Government and chaired by Professor
    Paolo Onofri. The proposals for reform deal with all the key elements of
    public spending: healthcare, public assistance, and, of particular interest
    for the industrial relations system, pensions and labour market policies.
    This document drew critical reactions from the trade union confederations,
    while the evaluation from the Confindustria employers' confederation was
    fairly positive.

  • Article
    27 Μάρτιος 1997

    On 18 March 1997, eight trade unions and 12 employers' organisations in
    industry concluded an agreement on cooperation and the regulation of pay. Its
    aim is to promote growth, profitability and competitiveness in industry. As
    such, claim the parties, it will provide the necessary prerequisite for a
    reduction of unemployment and form the basis for improvements in pay and good
    working conditions.

  • Article
    27 Μάρτιος 1997

    On 18 March, the Government submitted a reform package to Parliament
    addressing five civil service issues, among them the implementation of EC
    Directive on working time (93/104/EC) in the civil service and more flexible
    working time rules. Here we focus on the latter point. The new regulations
    are expected to be voted on by Parliament in time to take effect on 1 June
    1997.

  • Article
    27 Μάρτιος 1997

    The Institute of Management's recent survey of their male and female members
    (A question of balance? A survey of managers' changing professional and
    personal values", K Charlesworth, Institute of Management, London, (1997))
    reports 52% of men as saying that their style is participative (compared with
    60% of women respondents) with the same proportion of men and women (30%)
    claiming to have a consensual approach. Their employing organisations seem to
    have taken less notice of the Institute: only 15% of respondents described
    their company culture as participative.

  • Article
    27 Μάρτιος 1997

    On 3 March 1997 the UK's second largest general trade union, GMB, and the
    German chemical workers' union IG Chemie-Papier-Keramik signed a unique
    agreement on joint union membership. The agreement offers members of both
    organisations, when working in each other's countries, the same support and
    advice enjoyed by their own members.

  • Article
    27 Μάρτιος 1997

    Stockauto, a vehicle storage and distribution firm, has signed a collective
    agreement on some of the most controversial issues in the current debate on
    reform of the Spanish labour market: the creation of secure employment, the
    definition of the objective reasons for dismissal and the search for
    procedures to make working time more flexible

  • Article
    27 Φεβρουάριος 1997

    The executive committee (sekretariatet) of the Norwegian Confederation of
    Trade Unions (Landsorganisasjonen i Norge, or LO), the largest union
    confederation in Norway, has recommended a programme of action containing a
    set of policy principles for the period 1997-2001. The programme encompasses
    a wide variety of social and economic issues and is to be adopted at the
    confederation's congress on 10-16 May 1997 after a plenary debate.

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