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  • Stockauto leads labour reform with new agreement

    Stockauto, a vehicle storage and distribution firm, has signed a collective agreement on some of the most controversial issues in the current debate on reform of the Spanish labour market: the creation of secure employment, the definition of the objective reasons for dismissal and the search for procedures to make working time more flexible
  • Bill on combating exclusion under discussion.

    On 26 February 1997, the French Cabinet adopted a bill aiming at rebuilding social cohesion, which is to be debated in the National Assembly some time in April 1997.
  • Unions oppose privatisation of Telefónica

    At the beginning of 1997, the total privatisation of Telefónica, the largest Spanish telecommunications firm, was completed. The trade unions in the company, led by CCOO and UGT, have applied for a judicial review of this measure, demanding its suspension until the new regulatory framework for the sector is defined, and a public, universal and quality service is guaranteed in the area of telecommunications. The Supreme Court has agreed to consider the appeal but has not suspended the privatisation.
  • Reforms agreed to "Maribel" system of social security subsidies

    Intervention from the European Commission has compelled the Belgian Government to amend its procedures for reducing social security costs (the Maribel system) and to extend them across-the-board to all sectors of the economy.
  • Hospitals faced with strikes.

    Two separate strikes have been hitting the French hospital sector over February and March 1997. On the one hand, certain unions are campaigning against cuts in hospital budgets while, on the other hand, numerous trainee doctors and senior consultants are on strike, demanding the revision of the medical agreement co-signed by the health insurance office (CNAM) and the medical profession, which in their opinion hinders the practicing of professional medicine.
  • Final hurdles for labour market reform?

    All industrial relations activities in Spain have been at a standstill in early 1997, pending the conclusion of negotiations between trade unions and employers' organisations on labour market reform. However, initial agreements have been reached on types of employment contract and on dismissal
  • Higher Council for Employment: a new body to support employment policies

    To give impetus to Belgian employment policies, the Federal Government has recently created a new body to advise on its decision-making and to speed up the monitoring of employment trends.
  • Can members of the far Right be elected to industrial tribunals ?

    Prior to the election of industrial tribunal members in December 1997, five trade union confederations have requested an overhaul of the voting system in order to prevent the election of judges from the far Right.
  • Dispute over unsocial hours bonus in "7-Eleven" shops ends up in the Labour court

    On 13 March 1997, Handelsanställdas förbund (Commercial Employees' Union) sued the company behind the 7-Eleven chain of shops for SEK 1 million compensation for breach of the collective agreement. The agreement in question is in fact a combination of two, which were agreed last summer in an attempt to settle a dispute concerning the unsocial hours bonus.
  • UNICE outlines its vision for the future of the European social dialogue

    In its response to the Commission's September 1996 Communication on the development of the social dialogue (see Record EU9702102F [1]), UNICE (the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe) welcomes the opportunity for debate and calls for a reinforcement of consultation with the social partners. However, it argues that the treatment of fundamentally different processes in one Communication adds a source of confusion to the debate. These varied processes include: the consultation and negotiation within the meaning of Article 118B of the EC Treaty and Article 3.1 of the Agreement on social policy; Advisory Committees; the Standing Committee on Employment; the joint sectoral committees and informal working groups; tripartite bodies; joint operational initiatives; European Works Councils, and the social dialogue in trans-boundary region. UNICE feels that the Communication should have: [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/the-future-of-the-social-dialogue-at-community-level

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