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  • Non-ÖGB union to be created?

    On 30 April 1997 the Ring of Free Labour (Ring Freiheitlicher Arbeitnehmer, RFA), a group affiliated with the Austrian Freedom Party (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ), held its federal congress. One of the points of debate was whether to develop into a trade union outside the Austrian Trade Union Federation (Österreichische Gewerkschaftsbund, ÖGB). Since 1945 there have been no trade unions outside the ÖGB. The debate was triggered by the RFA's failure to achieve caucus status in the ÖGB. The minimum requirement of at least four affiliated works council members in each of at least three trade unions has not been met.
  • Agreement introduces new shop opening hours

    On 13 January 1997, an agreement was signed on the introduction of new shop opening hours. Since 1990 shops have been allowed to open on a 24-hours a day basis in the wake of legislation to deregulate shop opening hours (article 42, Law 1892/1990) in line with the then Conservative Government's policies on liberalisation. In late 1996, a number of businesses - members of the employers' organisation, SELPE- proceeded to introduce later working hours on Saturdays in Athens and its outer suburbs. In parallel, they took joint action with other bodies (including the Athens municipal authority and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry) to try to introduce Sunday shop opening. In response, the unions announced that they would fight this initiative and that they would demand amendments to Law 1892/1990.
  • STTK proposes a 35-hour week

    The Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) has recently begun discussions about the next incomes policy agreement by proposing a reduction in working time.
  • Share option scheme considered at KLM

    In anticipation of the spring 1997 collective bargaining round, pilots at Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) are considering contributing to the company's cost-cutting programme by exchanging salaries for share options and an increased say in company policy. Unions are divided over this exchange.
  • Pact for partnership 1997 at Mohn printing shop

    On 29 April 1997, the management and works council at Mohn GmbH, a subsidiary of one of Germany's biggest media corporations, Bertelsmann, signed a works agreement [1]- known as the "Pact for partnership 1997" - for the 1,700 or so employees at the Mohn printing works in Gütersloh. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/works-agreement-0
  • Davignon group on worker involvement publishes recommendations

    The high-level expert group on worker involvement was established in 1996 with the aim of developing solutions to break the 25-year deadlock on European Commission proposals containing clauses on worker involvement, and in particular, the European Company Statute (ECS). The Commission has repeatedly stressed the importance of such a statute, enabling the incorporation of companies at EU level, in order to improve the competitiveness of European companies. Such proposals have long remained blocked in the Council of Ministers, largely because of concerns from countries with advanced employee participation systems which fear that the ECS could be used by companies to circumvent national legislation in this area. Similarly, a solution would have to avoid imposing foreign models of employee representation upon member states where there is currently no provision for the appointment of worker representatives to the boards of companies.
  • Civil service strike threats

    The hard core of the strike threat are 10,000 civil servants in internal revenue collection and in the customs service. They have two complaints:
  • Trends in temporary work in Greece

    In Greece, temporary work, especially in the form of fixed-term contracts, constitutes a policy widespread amongst enterprises in both private and public sectors. Although the phenomenon of temporary work has decreased considerably in comparison with the early 1990s, when its incidence was twice that of the EU average (18% and 9% respectively), it is still quite high (10.5% and 11% respectively). A factor contributing to this decrease was the decision of the Government in the course of 1990 to dismiss 50,000 temporary public employees as part of its attempt to rationalise the functioning of the public sector.
  • Government strategic plan to support company restructuring and upgrade human resources

    The recession affecting Portuguese companies from 1991 to 1994 showed that the difficulties faced by the country stemmed not just from economic circumstances. Rather, the roots were far more complex and called for structural changes to competitive factors involving the very fabric of business and a general remodelling of managerial capacity, vocational qualifications and financial structure.
  • Two reports published on the industrial relations implications of EMU in Finland

    Two separate committees - a group of professors appointed by the Government and a committee of economists from the Finnish social partners - published reports in early May 1997 on the industrial relations implications of EU Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) for Finland The social partners themselves have adopted a joint declaration on EMU membership.

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