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  • New industrial relations structure planned for national airline

    It emerged in April 1997 that the former president of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU), Phil Flynn, is expected to play a key role in the new "partnership-based" industrial relations structure currently being drawn up between management and unions at Ireland's state-owned airline, Aer Lingus. Over 4,000 workers are employed by the airline and a further 1,600 by its maintenance subsidiary, TEAM.
  • Doubts about new convergence programme

    On 17 April 1997, the Spanish Parliament endorsed the new convergence programme released by the Government, the /1997-2000 Stability Plan/. Employers and unions have expressed certain doubts about this programme: the employers' associations consider that it is feasible, but do not rule out the possibility that a severer adjustment will be necessary than expected; the trade unions suspect that the programme may involve cuts in social expenditure and have expressed their disagreement with the privatisation plan that accompanies it.
  • April 1997 a good month for UK car plants

    April 1997 was a very good month for securing the future of British car plants. The Ford Halewood plant on Merseyside and the Peugeot Ryton plant in Coventry have both secured the production of new vehicles into the next century. The future of Rover's Longbridge plant is in the balance while an announcement is delayed over whether a new model /Mini/ will be produced.
  • Ban on women's night work to be reviewed

    On 8 April 1997, Jacques Barrot, the Minister for Employment, gave the press a preview of the forthcoming legislation on the reduction of social security contributions and the statutory working week. Among the subjects dealt with will be a revision of existing legislation on banning women from working at night, which Mr Barrot deems necessary.
  • Agreement at last on labour market reform

    After 10 months of discussions and three months of intense negotiations, in April 1997 the main trade unions and employers' associations in Spain for the first time reached an agreement on labour market reform. This is a bipartite agreement which reduces the cost of dismissal and attempts to promote secure employment. The Government is likely to introduce legislation to support the reform.
  • Belgian armed forces announce changes in personnel management

    The Belgian Defence Minister, Jean-Pol Poncelet, has announced measures that will prompt far-reaching changes in the personnel structure of the Belgian armed forces, covering the army, navy and airforce. The policy directly or indirectly affects about 40,000 military personnel. Mr Poncelet's plans are innovative and rather unusual for the armed forces, which are not normally known for their swift changes in organisational structure and personnel management. The Minister feels, however, that the armed forces should not be exempt from moves towards greater flexibility, currently a prominent theme in labour negotiations in Belgium. Moreover, changes in the armed forces can serve as an example for other sectors of the Belgian economy.
  • Agreement on retirement at 55 for lorry drivers

    An agreement, signed on 11 April 1997, will allow French lorry drivers to retire at 55.
  • Protests in the olive-producing sector in Spain

    The recent proposal by the EU agriculture commissioner, Franz Fischler, to alter the method of granting Community aid to olive farmers fell like a bombshell in Spain. This reform would not only have serious economic repercussions, but would also lead to the loss of at least 70,000 jobs, according to some trade unions in the sector. Farm-owners' organisations, cooperatives, trade unions and the regional and central administrations have rejected the proposal and are preparing all kinds of protest action.
  • Belgacom restructuring avoids conflict

    Following negotiations which have been held in a cooperative atmosphere, Belgacom, the partially privatised, but still largely government-owned Belgian telephone company, has announced plans to reduce rather drastically its number of employees. The current workforce of about 26,000 will have to be reduced by about 5,000 by the end of 1998.
  • Nanterre Magistrate's Court suspends the closure of Renault Vilvorde

    After the Brussels Industrial tribunal (BE9704208N [1]), on 4 April it was a French court's turn to find Renault's management guilty of disobeying the law in a ruling which could well postpone the closure of the Vilvorde plant. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/tribunal-decision-annuls-renault-closure

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