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  • Large retailers seek extension of shop opening hours

    At a press conference held on 13 November 2002, the association of Austrian large retailers and chain stores (Handelsverband, HV), a lobbying organisation which does not engage in collective bargaining, called for an extension of shop opening hours from Monday to Saturday, from the current legal maximum of 66 hours per week to 78 hours. Arguing that all candidate countries for European Union membership have far more liberal shop opening legislation than Austria, HV also proposes allowing shops to open on Sunday. Otherwise, there will be a substantial shift of Austrian purchasing to the new EU Member States, claims HV, which in particular represents large clothing and food retailers. HV's call came only a few days before a general election, and was addressed to the future government.
  • Government consults on extension to Working Time Regulations

    Directive 2000/34/EC [1] of the European Parliament and of the Council, adopted in 22 June 2000 (EU0005249F [2]), extended Council Directive (93/104/EC) [3] concerning certain aspects of the organisation of working time to cover road, rail, air, sea, and inland waterways transport, seafishing, offshore work and the activities of junior doctors - sectors and activities excluded from the earlier Directive. EU Member States must implement the 2000 Directive by 1 August 2003. [1]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32000L0034&model=guichett [2] [3]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=31993L0104&model=guichett
  • CBI renews attack on draft temporary agency workers Directive

    During November 2002, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) reiterated its strong criticism (UK0203101N [1]) of the proposed EU Directive on working conditions for temporary (agency) workers [2] (EU0204205F [3]). The CBI’s offensive, timed to coincide with the European Parliament’s first reading vote on 21 November (EU0212201N [4]), highlights the damage that UK employers believe the Directive will have on the employment prospects of agency workers if it is adopted without significant amendment. [1] [2]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=52002PC0149&model=guichett [3] [4]
  • Unions and employers' organisations discuss mergers

    In November 2002, the boards of the Swedish Association of Local Authorities (Svenska Kommunförbundet) and the Federation of Swedish County Councils (Landstingsförbundet) decided unanimously to propose a merger to create a new employers' association for almost all of the local government sector. A new head office might be in place at the end of 2004, if the organisations' member employers agree to the merger, which they seem likely to do.
  • Smoking ban proposed to protect employees in bars and restaurants

    On 29 November 2002, the Minister of Health, Dagfinn Høybråten, presented a government White Paper [1] proposing a total ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. Stricter legislative measures to combat passive smoking in bars and restaurants have long been an important priority for trade unions in the catering sector. If and when approved in parliament (Stortinget), the revised Tobacco Protection Act, including a total ban on smoking in public places, would come into effect on 1 January 2004. [1]
  • Job-sharing introduced at Ferrero

    In October 2002, a new company agreement was signed by trade unions and management at the Italian confectionery group, Ferrero. The agreement contains a number of innovations, notably the experimental introduction of job-sharing, variable pay and the future establishment of new joint bodies.
  • Job losses planned at Air Lib

    Air Lib, France's second-largest airline, is in financial difficulties in late 2002 and management has announced a rescue plan involving 500 job losses, to trade union opposition. Despite a decision by the Ministry of Transport to extend the company's operating licence and to defer debt repayment to January 2003, concerns remain over the company's future as a viable business.
  • Incomes policy agreement applied in metalworking

    In November 2002, a collective agreement applying the new national incomes policy agreement for 2003-4 was concluded in the Finnish metalworking sector. The agreement sets the minimum wage increase at 2.6% in 2003 and at 1.8% in 2004. The deal is likely to be followed by agreements in other sectors .
  • Negotiations interrupted in merchant shipping

    Negotiations over a new collective agreement for the Finnish merchant shipping sector were interrupted in November 2002 due to a disagreement concerning the use of foreign labour. The employers are seeking a legislative amendment, opposed by the trade union, which would allow the use of foreign labour on Finnish vessels.
  • Sectoral social dialogue developments round-up

    On 4 November 2002, the European social dialogue working group for the telecommunications sector met to review progress. The group discussed a new work programme for 2003, which includes issues such as the age profile of the telecommunications sector workforce and a range of topics relating to call centre workers, including health and safety, skills and training, staff turnover and working conditions. A seminar on EU enlargement which has had to be postponed was reconvened for June 2003. Further, cooperation on regulatory and competition issues between the sectoral social partners - the telecommunications section of UNI-Europa (the European regional organisation of the global trade union organisation, Union Network International, UNI) and the European Public Telecommunication Network Operators Association (ETNO) for employers - was discussed. ETNO agreed to give a written response to UNI’s policy position by mid-December 2002.