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  • First collective agreement at Guardian Automotive Europe SA

    In March 1997, Guardian Europe SA, signed its first-ever collective agreement for blue-collar workers. The deal provides for pay increases, while its provisions on other terms and conditions largely mirror statutory provisions.
  • Agreement between AKZO-Nobel and the unions

    On 8 April, AKZO-Nobel and the unions reached agreement on both working time reductions and pay increases. The dispute, which had served to divide AKZO-Nobel and the industrial unions since 13 March (NL9703108N [1]), was resolved to everyone's satisfaction. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/akzo-nobel-abandons-a-standard-36-hour-week
  • UK now one of the least strike-prone countries in the OECD

    An international comparison of labour disputes from 1986 to 1995 by /Labour Market Trends/ (April 1997) highlights that the UK had the fourth-lowest strike rate of the 22 member countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 1995. Only Austria, Switzerland and Germany had a lower level of strikes than the UK. The UK strike rate has been below the OECD average since 1986 and below the EU average since 1990. Between 1991 and 1995 the average rate in the UK was 24 working days lost per 1,000 workers - an 82% fall over the previous five-year period. But the UK's rise in the international "league table" of two places since 1994 took place despite an increase in the strike rate itself.
  • Negotiations on retirement age equality postponed

    Government plans to amend Finnish legislation to bring it into line with EU equality law have recently proved controversial with the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK). Following negotiations, further discussion of the issue has been postponed to autumn 1997.
  • Government invitation to social dialogue

    Taking into account significant changes in the international environment and their impact on the Greek economy, the Government in March 1997 announced that it would invite the social partners to a process of social dialogue on a set of three themes: development, competitiveness and employment. The first meeting is scheduled to take place towards the end of May. Participants in the dialogue include representatives of Ministries, employer and employee organisations from both the private and the public sectors and the Chambers of Commerce, amongst others.
  • New rules for family credits

    The Standing Committee for Social Dialogue (the Economic and Social Council's tripartite committee) has approved new rules relating to family credits in Portugal.
  • Impasse in metalworking

    In 10 sessions over the course of five months, the Metals, Mining and Energy Workers trade union (Gewerkschaft Metall-Bergbau-Energie, GMBE) and eight associations together comprising the metalworking sector within the Bundessektion Industrie of the Austrian Chamber of the Economy (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, WKÖ) have thrashed out a collective agreement on working time flexibilisation covering 229,000 employees (162,000 waged, 67,000 salaried) in industrial establishments. However, one of the eight associations - Fachverband der Metallwarenindustrie- has been blocking ratification of the deal since mid-March.
  • Union wins landmark equal pay cases

    The cases have been hailed as a major victory for all National Health Service (NHS) staff by the Manufacturing, Science and Finance (MSF) trade union, which represented the workers involved in their cases. The union's national secretary, Roger Kline said that the: "case is a momentous one. It has implications for women staff throughout the NHS and other industries. It is a landmark decision and is the biggest single breakthrough on equal pay for women for many years."
  • TAP-Air Portugal pilots react against loss of compensation

    Workers at TAP-Air Portugal issued a general notice to strike on 24-25 April 1997 in protest at revised flight and rest-time schedules
  • Union election result shocks leadership

    Ireland's largest trade union, the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU), has a new president after a closer than expected ballot of its 180,000 members. The tight result - announced in early April 1997 - surprised the union's leadership, given the fact that a left-wing activist polled almost 42% of the votes cast compared with the 56% who voted for former vice-president, Jimmy Somers.

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