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  • Agreement on journalists' copyright in digital media reached after years of disputes

    On 30 April 1997 theSwedish Union of Journalists (SJF) and the Swedish Publishers' Association (TU) reached agreement on employed journalists' author's rights in digital media.
  • First regional pensions fund established

    An agreement for Italy's first regional occupational pensions fund was signed in March 1997 by the Veneto local organisations of Confindustria, the main employers' organisation, and of the CISL trade union confederation. The initiative has met with hostility from CGIL and uncertainty from UIL, the other two main union confederations.
  • Dismissals on grounds of alleged disloyalty were unlawful

    On 7 May 1997 the Labour Court gave its judgment in a case that has attracted much attention. It concerned three ambulance drivers, two men and one woman, who had been dismissed on the grounds of disloyalty to their employer, a private company that runs the ambulance service in parts of southern Stockholm on contract.
  • New Commission report and initiatives on continuing training

    The importance of continuing vocational education is increasingly being recognised by policy-makers across the European Union, not only because of its positive impact on maintaining the competitiveness of enterprises, but also because of its potential contribution to the free movement of labour and the improvement of employment prospects. This is particularly important in the context of the evolving "information society". The Commission has given particular emphasis and resources to continuing training through its vocational training programme, LEONARDO, and in declaring 1996 the European Year of Lifelong Learning.
  • Agreement to promote workers' participation signed at TIM

    A recent collective agreement signed at Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) provides for the development of social dialogue and workers' participation, through information and discussion on industrial policies and joint decision-making on vocational training.
  • Exemptions from the statutory national minimum wage dropped

    On 7 May, the Dutch Government withdrew a bill that would have allowed employers exemptions from paying the statutory national minimum wage [1] (NL9702103F [2]). Discussions in Parliament had arrived at a political impasse. [1] [2]
  • Wage agreements in cleaning firms, power plants and the food industry concluded after industrial action

    After 10 days of boycotts and two hours of strike action among the cleaners in the LKAB mine in northern Sweden, the Business Services Associations on the one hand and the Building Maintenance Workers' Union and the Union of Service and Communication on the other, accepted a draft collective agreement on wages from the mediators on 16 May 1997. The agreement covers 25,000 employees in 600 companies. It means that the average monthly salary will be raised by SEK 370.
  • Commission publishes first annual review of the EU-level social dialogue

    The first annual review of the social dialogue process at the European Union level was adopted by the Commission on 6 May 1997. The review characterises 1996 as "a particularly fruitful and productive year" for the social dialogue at European level. Despite this overall positive assessment, the review highlights the fact that, despite endeavours towards the establishment of a dialogue between the social partners, and in some cases, negotiation, this represents only the background of a European-scale industrial relations systems which is yet to take shape.
  • Rehabilitation pact renewed at Deutz

    Presenting its 1996 results on 6 May 1997, Deutz AG, the German machinery and tractor maker which almost collapsed last year, also publicised information on the employees' contribution to its 1996 rescue package. The group is undergoing a radical restructuring after a crisis last year, caused by big losses on cement plants in Saudi Arabia. The deal was struck in May/June 1996 between management and the group works council [1] and included the following: [1]
  • 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.