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  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    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.

  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    On 9 April 1997, the telecommunication conglomerate Deutsche Telekom AG and
    the Deutsche Postgewerkschaft (DPG) postal workers' union signed a package of
    enterprise-level collective agreements for the employees at the Telekom
    subsidiary Deutsche Telekom Mobilnet GmbH (DeTeMobil). After five months of
    negotiations, this package represents the first such collective agreement in
    the mobile telephony industry since the beginning of the step-by-step
    liberalisation of the telecommunications sector.

  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    Pay for 15,000 newspaper distributors has been increased by SEK 2.75 per hour
    retrospectively from 1 January 1997 and by SEK 0.45 from 1 August 1997,
    according to the new collective agreement between the Swedish Publishers'
    Association and the Swedish Transport Workers' Union. The agreement runs for
    one year. A novel feature of the agreement is that employees from now on have
    undertaken to distribute periodicals and other items of mail together with
    the newspapers. The employers have thus achieved one of their important

  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    In a recent report (/Social Europe/ 4/96, published in March/April 1997), the
    European Commission assesses the progress towards the achievement of the
    goals of the medium-term social action programme covering the period between
    1995-7. This social action programme, adopted in April 1995, is seen by the
    Commission as marking a breakthrough for new ideas and policies. The basic
    concept underlying the programme is that social policy is a productive factor
    facilitating change and progress, rather than a burden on the economy or an
    obstacle to growth.

  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    During the 1990s, the tendencies within Italian enterprises towards a greater
    participation of workers and their representatives have become more
    pronounced. This has applied to direct, economic/financial and institutional
    participation, and here we review recent developments, focusing on the second
    and third types of participation.

  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    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.

  • Article
    27 huhtikuu 1997

    On 9 April 1997, the airline company Deutsche Lufthansa AG, the Union for
    Public Services, Transport and Communication (Gewerkschaft Öffentliche
    Dienste, Transport und Verkehr, ÖTV) and the German Salaried Employees'
    Union (Deutsche Angestelltengewerkschaft, DAG) concluded a package deal,
    which ended months of industrial action. The DAG agreed to be covered by the
    Lufthansa-ÖTV collective agreements signed in October 1996. Furthermore, the
    deal provides for an increase in the profit-sharing bonus of DEM 100 and an
    overtime pay rise for cockpit employees. From September 1997, the trade
    unions have the right to terminate the wage agreements in the event that
    Lufthansa does not keep special rules which were jointly established. In
    addition, Lufthansa, the ÖTV and the DAG agreed on the continuation of the
    existing collective agreement which maintains the status quo for cabin crew,
    as well as the existing general agreement on pay grades for ground staff, for
    another three years.


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  • European Working Conditions Surveys

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  • European Company Surveys

    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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