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  • Unions demand 'zero tolerance' of workplace violence

    In August 2002, a woman was jailed [1] for three months for assaulting a pregnant teacher during an argument over the price of a school trip. Also during 2002, another teacher was left with a visual impairment after she was head-butted by a four-year-old. Earlier in the year, a bus driver needed surgery after being shot in the face with an airgun. These are just some examples of the everyday risk workers in some sectors and occupations face of verbal abuse and physical violence, ranging from shouting and swearing to punching and stabbing. Survey evidence, together with evidence gathered by trade unions, suggests that public sector workers and those whose work involves direct contact with the public are especially vulnerable. Such evidence was presented on 2 December 2002 at a joint Trades Union Congress (TUC), Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) seminar. [1]
  • Equality Tribunal mediation facilitates quicker dispute resolution

    Ireland’s ODEI-Equality Tribunal is an independent quasi-judicial body established in 1999, whose core function is to investigate, and/or mediate, complaints of unlawful discrimination at work (IE0008218N [1]). According to the Equality Tribunal, its new mediation service is, on average, three times quicker than the alternative equality dispute resolution option – a formal investigation decided by an equality officer [2]. Equality cases that have resulted in mediated agreements have been completed in just six months (from the original date of referral to the date of signing the agreement), compared with an average of 18 months in employment investigation cases (again, from the original date of referral to the date of decision). [1] [2]
  • New incomes policy agreement covers over 90% of wage earners

    In December 2002, the Finnish social partners formally signed a new two-year incomes policy agreement, which covers over 90% of wage earners. A few sectors which are strategically important for Finnish industry, such as seafaring and transport, rejected the deal. The cost effect of the of the agreed wage increases is 2.9% in 2003 and 2.2% in 2004.
  • Programme of work for 2003

    The third annual programme of work based on the Foundation's four-year programme 2001-2004: Analysing and anticipating change to support socio-economic progress. Among the aims of the programme are to: strengthen monitoring activities and strategic research in the three core areas of expertise (Living Conditions, Working Conditions, Industrial Relations) and EMCC; meet specific needs of key policy audiences; incorporate candidate countries in all main areas of activity; increase existing collaboration with the European Commission and strengthen relationships with the other EU Institutions; and reinforce the Foundation's role as a forum for debate.
  • Social partners and government reach 'social agreement' for 2003

    In November 2002, the Dutch government and social partners reached a 'social agreement' for 2003, including a pay increase limit of 2.5% - the first such centrally agreed wage ceiling for a decade. Under the agreement, the government has released a sum of EUR 1 billion to meet the social partners' demands, including cuts in tax and social security contributions.
  • General strike held in metalworking

    On 15 November 2002, Italian metalworkers' trade unions organised a one-day general strike across the sector. The action focused on supporting negotiations over the restructuring plan and large-scale job losses announced at the Fiat auto group and at putting pressure on the government to draw up a national industrial policy, at a time when the Italian metalworking sector is experiencing major problems.
  • Cgil holds demonstration for development of South

    On 29-30 November 2002, Cgil, one of Italy's three main trade union confederations, organised a demonstration in Naples in favour of the development of the country's southern regions and against the government's recent 2003 budget law.
  • Cgil organises general strike

    On 18 October 2002, Cgil, one of Italy's three main trade union confederations, organised a one-day general strike against the government's economic policy and other recent developments. Estimates on the proportion of workers taking part in the strike varied from 30% to 58%..
  • Restructuring continues in banking

    In late 2002, the Italian banking sector is facing further restructuring and job losses. Economic forecasters estimate that there will be 6,000-7,000 redundancies over 2003-4, while trade unions are concerned that 15,000-20,000 jobs could go.
  • Firefighters' strike called off

    During the week between the end of the first 48-hour strike held in its current pay dispute by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) on 13-15 November (UK0210104F [1] and UK0211107F [2]) and the eight-day stoppage due to begin on 22 November, intensive negotiations took place between the FBU and the local authority fire service employers. Talks continued into the early hours of 22 November and culminated in a draft agreement. This linked pay increases equating to 16% on the total paybill by November 2003 to the completion of negotiations over the modernisation of the fire service. The FBU indicated that it was prepared to call off the eight-day stoppage on the basis of the proposed deal. However, the government was not prepared to endorse the terms of the draft agreement and the strike duly began at 09.00 as planned. FBU general secretary Andy Gilchrist said that government intervention had 'wrecked' the chance of avoiding the strike. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said that it would have been irresponsible to sanction a deal that the government had not had the opportunity to evaluate properly. [1] [2]