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  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    Speaking at the Institute of European Affairs in Dublin, Padraig Flynn, the
    commissioner for employment, industrial relations and social affairs,
    outlined his priorities for the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) and
    provided the audience with an update of the continuing negotiations leading
    up the Amsterdam summit in June (EU9704117F [1]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/progress-of-the-intergovernmental-conference

  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    Over the past few months, the Governor of the Bank of Italy, Antonio Fazio,
    and the Abi banking employers' association have urged the Government to start
    negotiations with employers' associations and trade unions in order to deal
    with the problems linked to the low profitability of the Italian banking
    sector. High labour costs and redundancy are the main themes of debate. On 8
    April 1997, a first meeting took place between an Abi delegation and a
    ministerial group, which represented the official opening of negotiations
    that will also involve the trade unions in the near future.

  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    In its bill, presented to Parliament on 15 April 1997, the Government states
    that the policy of austerity which has been in operation for last few years
    has been so successful that it is now possible to focus more on its most
    important goal - to halve the rate of unemployment to 4% before 2000.

  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    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

  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    Just one week after the German social partners and Government found a
    compromise on the future development of the German mining industry
    (DE9703104F [1]) the Ruhr region (one of Germany's oldest industrial areas)
    was again the focus of social conflict. On 18 March 1997 the second-largest
    German steel producer, Krupp-Hoesch, announced plans for a hostile takeover
    of its main competitor, Thyssen. Krupp-Hoesch made an offer to the Thyssen
    shareholders to buy their shares for DEM 435 each, which was about 25% higher
    than the current quotation on the German stock exchange. The president of
    Krupp-Hoesch, Gerhard Cromme, stated that the acquisition of Thyssen would
    create a lot of synergy effects, and could help to improve the international
    competitiveness of the German steel industry.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/miners-revolt-ends-in-corporatist-compromise

  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    Shortages of jobs, alternating periods of employment and unemployment and
    lack of job security are the main features of the current employment
    situation for young people in Spain. For some of them this is a temporary
    situation, but others will find it hard to escape. However, the reform of
    labour market procedures that is currently being put before Parliament may go
    some way towards improving working conditions.

  • CAR
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    /The European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
    is currently conducting a major research project on Equal opportunities and
    collective bargaining in Europe, co-funded by DG V of the European
    Commission. The aim is to assist in the complicated task of promoting equal
    opportunities for women and men by means of collective bargaining. The
    continuing project has at present reached the stage where the issues have
    been defined, and national reports drawn up by a network of correspondents,
    exploring the context of the issue in each of the 15 EU member states. A
    consolidated report on stage one of the project has been prepared by Yota
    Kravaritou of the European University Institute. /

  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    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.

  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    Some 25,000 blue-collar workers are covered by the agreement between the
    Employers' Association of the Swedish Wood Products Industry and the Swedish
    Wood Industry Workers' Union, reached on 4 April 1997. All employees receive
    across-the-board minimum pay increases of SEK 1 per hour. In addition, the
    local parties have SEK 0.95 an hour per worker at their disposal to allocate
    on an individual basis. The settlement represents an overall increase in pay
    of 3.1%.

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  • COVID-19

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    The European Company Survey (ECS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2004–2005, with the latest edition in 2019. The survey is designed to provide information on workplace practices to develop and evaluate socioeconomic policy in the EU. It covers issues around work organisation, working time arrangements and work–life balance, flexibility, workplace innovation, employee involvement, human resource management, social dialogue, and most recently also skills use, skills strategies and digitalisation.

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