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  • LO makes proposal on resolving demarcation disputes

    In connection with its efforts to modernise the trade union movement, the Confederation of Danish Trade Unions (Landsorganisationen i Danmark, LO) has come up with proposals in order to resolve the long-running problem of demarcation disputes among member unions. Notably, for 12 years, the Trade Union of Public Employees (Forbundet af Offentligt Ansatte, FOA) and the General Workers’ Union (Specialarbejderforbundet i Danmark, SiD) have been in dispute about which of them should organise bus drivers in Copenhagen (DK9909146N [1]). Another example of a disputed membership group is hotels and restaurant workers. LO's proposal – which was presented at a meeting of the executive committee on 15 November 2002 – would allow LO to impose heavy fines on unions which cannot, or do not wish to reach agreement, or leave it to the members to decide the issue through a ballot. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/privatisation-leads-to-disputes-between-unions
  • Largest union restructures and adopts new political strategy

    In June 2000, the Union of Salaried Employees (Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten, GPA) - the largest affiliate of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund, ÖGB), with almost 285,000 members among private sector white-collar workers - launched a thoroughgoing organisational reform (AT0008277F [1]). This internal restructuring process was prompted by declining unionisation rates and new labour market developments, such as increasing flexibilisation and deregulation of employment relations. In the course of this restructuring process, GPA's former sectoral sections have been replaced by 'economic branches' and its former regional (Länder) organisations by smaller sub-units. Furthermore, the representation of new employee groups – such as those involved in various forms of 'atypical' work or 'involuntary' self-employment – has been addressed by corresponding 'interest groupings' and 'issue platforms' within GPA. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/white-collar-workers-union-launches-restructuring
  • Collective bargaining coverage and extension procedures

    Collective bargaining coverage and mechanisms which extend the provisions of collective agreements beyond the members of the signatory organisations are important factors which strongly affect the procedures and practices through which wage...
  • Banking social partners conclude joint declaration on lifelong learning

    The EU-level social partners in the banking sector - for the employers, the banking committee for European social affairs of the European Banking Federation (FBE), the European Savings Banks Group (ESBG) and the European Association of Cooperative Banks (GEBC), and for the employees UNI-Europa Finance (Banks), the banking trade union section of the European regional organisation of Union Network International- announced on 3 December 2002 that they had concluded a joint declaration on lifelong learning [1]. Both employer and trade union representatives state that lifelong learning is needed in their sector (which employs some 2 million people in Europe) as a key means of improving the skills and competences of its workforce. [1] http://www.union-network.org/unifinance.nsf/23669ba7a32a8689c12568930034ec15/30251c56702670a8c1256c85002efe3a?OpenDocument
  • EU-level social partners issue work programme for 2003-5

    Representatives of the central EU-level social partner organisations − the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE)/European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (UEAPME) and the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP) − held an intersectoral social dialogue summit in Brussels on 28 November 2002. The highlight of the summit was the launch of a three-year work programme [1] for 2003, 2004 and 2005. [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2002/dec/prog_de_travail_comm_en.pdf
  • Wide-ranging employment Council

    The Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council met in Brussels on 2-3 December 2002 for the last time under the current Danish Presidency of the Council of Ministers.
  • Commission issues annual joint employment report

    The European Commission issued its draft joint employment report 2002 [1] on 13 November 2002. In its executive summary of the joint Commission/Council report - which, when finalised, will be endorsed by the European Council- the Commission states that after five years, the European employment strategy [2] (EES) 'is at a crossroads'. When it was launched in 1997 (EU9711168F [3]), the EES’s priority was the fight against unemployment. Now, however, its focus has shifted towards the wider 'Lisbon goals' (set out in the March 2001 Lisbon European Council meeting - EU0004241F [4]) of more and better jobs in an inclusive society. [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2002/nov/jer2002_draft_en.pdf [2] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/empl&esf/ees_en.htm [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/employment-summit-agrees-limited-package-of-measures-to-combat-unemployment [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-social-policies/lisbon-council-agrees-employment-targets
  • Strong growth in temporary agency work

    The use of temporary agency workers in Denmark has been steadily increasing. In 1992, there were 73 registered temporary work agencies with about 3,000 agency workers, which grew to 396 agencies with 21,000 employees BY 1999 (according to figures from Statistics Denmark [Danmarks Statistik]). If the growth rate recorded since 1997 has continued, there are probably about 370 agencies with about 35,000 workers in December 2002. In 2001, the agencies' turnover was more than DKK 3 billion - a 10-fold increase over a decade.
  • Provisional results of 2002 works council elections

    Between 1 March and 31 May 2002, works council election [1] s took place in German companies under the terms of the new Works Constitution Act (Betriebsverfassungsgesetz, BetrVG) which has been in force since July 2001 (DE0107234F [2]). The BetrVG determines the legal framework for co-determination at the level of the establishment [3] in the private sector, through works council [4] s. Works councils are employee representative bodies with a range of co-determination, information and consultation rights. Works council elections are held every four years between 1 March and 31 May (DE9810180F [5]). The reformed BetrVG aims to increase the number of works councils, improve the representation of women on works councils and enhance the operating conditions of works councils. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/works-council-election-0 [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/works-constitution-act-reform-adopted [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/co-determination-rights-of-the-works-council [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/works-council-2 [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/results-of-the-1998-works-council-elections
  • New study analyses development of employers' associations

    Since the beginning of the 1990s, the German system of industry-wide collective bargaining has seen a continued process of decentralisation and flexibilisation. While part of the process has been associated with the increasing use of 'opening clauses' ('Öffnungsklauseln') which – under certain conditions – allow companies to apply lower standards for wages, hours and working conditions than provided in the collective agreement (DE0103212F [1]), some observers have also been concerned about declining membership of employers' associations. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/wsi-survey-examines-decentralisation-of-bargaining-in-19992000

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