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  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    In the retail and distributive sector, each type of shop - conventional
    department stores, retail shops, food supermarkets with at least two branches
    and independent retail shops - is covered by its own joint committee [1] and,
    depending on its type, its employees work 36, 38 or 40 hours a week, have pay
    differentials of between 20%- 25% and the right to be represented by a union
    delegation [2] or not.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/joint-committee
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/union-delegation

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    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.

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    On 22 April 1997 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) issued a judgment
    stating that some provisions of the German Civil Law (Bürgerliches
    Gesetzbuch,BGB) as well as the German Labour Court Law
    (Arbeitsgerichtsgesetz, ArbGG) offend against the "Council Directive on the
    implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women as
    regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion and working
    conditions" (76/207/EEC). The Directive which was adopted by the Council of
    Ministers on 9 February 1976 proclaimed that the Member States shall put into
    effect the "principle of equal treatment" (§ 1) which means "that there
    shall be no discrimination whatsoever on grounds of sex either directly or
    indirectly" (§ 2).

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    The debate on reforming the law to permit trade unions in the PSP - in
    relation specifically to policemen and women - broke out again in Portugal at
    the end of 1996, and has been continuing ever since. The debate, fully
    covered in the media and commented on by the main political parties,
    culminated on 21 April 1997 with a meeting of PSP members, many of whom wore
    their uniforms. The meeting turned into a public demonstration at the
    Ministry of the Interior- the Ministry in charge of that particular police
    force - with harsh words being shouted at the Minister.

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    Tourism is one of Austria's major industries, contributing an estimated 10%
    of the GDP. There are about 70,000 businesses with a turnover that has
    recently stabilised at about ATS 180,000 million. Employment is about 142,000
    on annual average, or roughly 5% of the national total. In the peak season,
    in mid-summer, the industry employs about 160,000 people. Neither employment
    figure includes the employers themselves, who are an important part of the
    workforce in the industry. The median gross income for a complete full-time
    working month of 30 days in 1995 was ATS 15,980, as against ATS 22,600 for
    all industries together. The low incomes correlate with a large share of
    female employees. In 1995, the number of people employed for at least one day
    stood at 221,127. Of these, 134,614 were women, of whom 119,865 were employed
    on a waged basis and only 14,749 on salaries. Such a small share of salaried
    employees, both among men and women is unusual. At the same time, the
    profitability of large parts of the industry is repeatedly cast in doubt by
    commentators.

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    In what legal experts in Ireland have highlighted as a landmark case on the
    issue of indirect sex discrimination, Ireland's Supreme Court has asserted
    the primacy of EU law over domestic law. Mary Honan, a legal expert with the
    Employment Equality Agency said that the decision also established the
    correct legal framework for establishing unlawful indirect discrimination.

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    The ECJ's ruling on 11 March 1997 in the case of /Süzen v Zehnacher
    Gebäudereinigung GmbH Krankenhausservice and another/ (Case C-13/95) made a
    potential "U-turn" in the interpretation of the EU Directive on transfers of
    undertakings, that has left a question mark over the way that the employment
    rights of the employees of contractors are decided. The ruling stems from a
    court case in Germany in which a school cleaner, Ayse Süzen, lost her job
    when her employer failed to keep the cleaning contract at the school where
    she worked. Ms Süzen challenged the decision of the new contractor not to
    re-employ the cleaning workers dismissed by their original employer.

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    Meeting on 17 April 1997, the Labour and Social Affairs Council of Ministers
    took stock of initiatives by the European Commission and the Council
    Presidency aimed at improving information, consultation and participation
    mechanisms for employees. Padraig Flynn, the commissioner responsible for
    employment, industrial relations and social affairs, highlighted the
    importance of such initiatives in the light of the Renault crisis (EU9703108F
    [1]). He also reported on the current status of the work by the high-level
    expert working group on worker involvement.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/the-renault-case-and-the-future-of-social-europe

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    The Vlaams Blok, a xenophobic and extreme right-wing Flemish nationalist
    party, is currently seeking legitimacy as the defender of "ordinary people".
    With its populist stand against immigrants and French-speakers, the party has
    won a large number of votes in some towns in Flanders, particularly amongst
    those sections of the population most badly hit by unemployment and worsening
    living conditions.

  • Article
    27 Mai 1997

    Under the terms of a new bill, announced in April 1997, employees in the
    Netherlands will be entitled to benefits if they interrupt their careers for
    care or study leave, on condition that the employer hires an unemployed
    person for the same period

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