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  • Construction industry agreement signed

    The new industry-wide agreement for the Italian construction sector, signed in June 1997, includes provisions on pay, local bargaining, occupational pensions and combating undeclared work.
  • Pilot collective agreement for Northrhine-Westphalia hard-coal mining

    On 21 May 1997, after five bargaining rounds, the miners' trade union Industriegewerkschaft Bergbau und Energie (IGBE), the salaried employees' union Deutsche Angestelltengewerkschaft (DAG) and the Unternehmensverband Ruhrbergbau (UVR) employers' association for the hard-coal mining industry in Northrhine-Westphalia, concluded a pilot agreement which covers roughly 75,000 employees in the Northrhine-Westphalia hard-coal mining industry. The framework for the contents of the agreement was partly set by the "coal compromise" of 13 March 1997 (DE9703104F [1]). [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/miners-revolt-ends-in-corporatist-compromise
  • Grundig closes a company in Portugal

    After several months of negotiations involving various local and central government agencies, a long struggle for jobs at Grundig came to an end in May 1997. In a region where workers reject job mobility, the only remaining recourse is the courts and political channels. Dialogue between the board of directors and workers' representatives has proved unsuccessful.
  • De Beers plans to restructure

    The multinational industrial diamond manufacturer, De Beers, is planning a major restructuring programme at its Shannon plant, which will involve an overhaul of its reward and grading systems, as well as some recruitment and a number of redeployments and voluntary redundancies. The key changes, announced to employees at the end of April 1997, involve the proposed introduction of a performance-based pay system and the establishment of a new lower entry rate of pay. There would be an element of "red circling" for existing employees at the top of their scales, which would remain unchanged apart from the application of nationally agreed pay rises.
  • Metalworking's first agreement on partial retirement signed at PPS Salzgitter

    On 3 March 1997, the Hanover regional branch of the metalworkers' trade union Industriegewerkschaft Metall (IG Metall) and the management of PPS Personal-, Produktions- und Servicegesellschaft mbH, Salzgitter, concluded a company agreement on partial retirement - the first such agreement in the metalworking industry. Negotiations between IG Metall and the metalworking employers' association Gesamtverband der metallindustriellen Arbeitgeberverbände (Gesamtmetall), first about industry-wide and later about regional collective agreements on partial retirement, reached an impasse in June 1997. Although the agreement at PPS was signed in March, reliable information has only recently been publicised.
  • Portuguese workers join European rallies for jobs

    During May-June 1997, Portuguese trade unions took part in the rallies and days of action organised throughout the countries of the European Union in order to emphasise work and employment as prime concerns for future European policies
  • British Airways faces summer strikes

    On 3 June 1997 the Transport and General Workers' Union (TGWU) representing 9,000 British Airways ground staff and BASSA, the cabin crew union (linked to the TGWU) representing a further 9,000 employees, began balloting members over whether to take industrial action. On 9 June, they were joined by 4,500 members of the GMB general union. If the ballots support strike action, it is likely to take place in mid-July.
  • Teachers' union delegates topple chair

    In the first ballot for the chair of the federal executive committee of the teachers' trade union, Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft (GEW), held among congress delegates on 26 May 1997, Dieter Wunder, chair since 1981, surprisingly and unexpectedly failed to reach the necessary absolute majority, although no rival candidate had been nominated. Mr Wunder subsequently stood down as a candidate for the second ballot. It was the first time that a trade union affiliated to the German Trade Union Federation (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB) had rejected the re-election of its chair in such a way. After the results of the first ballot became public, the congress was interrupted for several hours. During the previous months, there had been considerable and controversial internal discussions on the relationship between the federal executive committee and the executive committees of regional GEW branches, as well as on leadership, trade union ideologies and GEW strategies. Many delegates asserted that they wanted to teach Mr Wunder a lesson, though it was not their intention to vote him out.
  • Employment increases, unemployment falls

    New figures presented in the revised national Budget in May 1997 show that employment in Norway has increased faster than earlier estimates predicted, and that unemployment is continuously decreasing. Growth in prices and wages is expected to be moderate for both 1997 and 1998.
  • Social partners react to European agreement on part-time work

    The European framework agreement on part-time work was formally signed on 6 June 1997 (EU9706131F [1]) by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE) and the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP). The stated purpose of the agreement is to remove discrimination against part time workers, improve the quality of part-time jobs and facilitate part-time work on a voluntary basis. The European Commission will propose a Directive implementing the agreement to the Council of Ministers later this year. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/social-partners-reach-framework-agreement-on-part-time-work

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