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  • Government relaunches social dialogue

    In February 2002, the Belgian federal government agreed 21 economic and social priorities to be achieved by the end of the current legislature in mid-2003. A number of these measures should be taken up in the social partners in negotiations over a new intersectoral agreement for 2003-4, and Prime Minister Guy Verhofstad has launched dialogue with the partners over these matters.
  • Social partners demand measures to combat illicit work

    After a summit meeting on 11 February 2002, the presidents of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund, ÖGB) and the Chamber of the Economy (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, WKÖ), Fritz Verzetnitsch and Christoph Leitl respectively, stated that they will go to any lengths to combat illegal work in Austria. A long-running debate over measures to end tax evasion and illicit economic activity has regained momentum in the course of a recent scandal in the road haulage sector. In order to survive the fierce price competition within the single European market, it has emerged that a large number of Austria's road haulage companies are suspected of committing 'social fraud' (ie non-payment of social contributions and/or taxes) (AT0202203F [1]). As a consequence, the social partners announced their intention to introduce a 'seal of approval' (Gütesiegel) for road haulage companies, certifying that the firms comply with legal regulations, provide fair working conditions and therefore contribute to fair competition and road safety. The seal of approval scheme seeks to support and encourage the vast majority of companies in the branch that are acting properly. [1]
  • ICT companies seeking pay cuts

    According to an enquiry carried out in February 2002 by the business editorial staff at /Svenska Dagbladet/, the conservative Stockholm daily newspaper, the management of about half of the largest information and communications technology (ICT) consultancy companies quoted on the stock exchange want to reduce the salaries of their staff. At least 10 of the 20 largest companies want to freeze or reduce pay levels during 2002. The goal for the businesses as a whole is to decrease their total wage costs by 10%. Furthermore, in 12 of the companies the managers say that they want to establish a closer relationship between pay and results, returning to the more flexible wage systems that existed in the sector in the 1980s.
  • Pay under debate as TAP results improve

    In February 2002, the Portuguese national airline, TAP, announced greatly improved financial results for 2001, cutting its losses by half compared with 2000, and more than meeting the target set in its recovery plan. The results surprised many, given the current problems in the international airline industry. TAP workers who have contributed towards the improved results are to be rewarded with a bonus, which is to be awarded by the middle of 2002, but trade unions are seeking pay increases following a freeze in 2001
  • Temporary employment increases in public sector

    Spain has a very high level of temporary employment, especially among women. However, in recent years the temporary employment rate has been falling slightly in the private sector, while increasing in the public sector, which previously had a relatively low level of such non-permanent employment. The public sector is a major employer of women and its female employees are much more likely than their male colleagues to work on temporary contracts. We review the situation at the beginning of 2002.
  • Inter-community dispute on time credit scheme

    A time credit scheme introduced by the Belgian federal government in January 2002, which includes the right for employees to take a career break of at least one year, has become the focus of a dispute between Wallonia and Flanders. The Flemish regional government wants to complement the incentives provided by the federal law with additional benefits, which the Walloon government regards as a move to 'regionalise' competences which should lie with the federal state. The trade union movement is divided on the issue.
  • Industrial unrest at the post office

    Late 2001 saw three days of strikes at the Belgian Post Group, in protest against management's plans to close smaller post offices and reduce the number of sorting centres in advance of EU-wide liberalisation of postal services.
  • Kralowetz case uncovers shortcomings in control of international transport companies

    In January 2002, a major scandal broke over the alleged illegal employment of drivers from central and eastern European countries by Kralowetz, an international road haulage company with its registered office in Luxembourg. The affair has uncovered serious shortcomings in Luxembourg's system for monitoring international transport companies registered there, and has caused a major political controversy.
  • Cgil congress affirms strong opposition to government

    At its national congress held in February 2002, Cgil, Italy's largest trade union confederation, focused largely on its relationship with the centre-right government and the latter's current reform initiatives. The possibility of a general strike raised by Cgil was strong rejected by Cisl and Uil, the two other main union confederations. Sergio Cofferati was re-elected as Cgil general secretary.
  • Work-related accidents and industrial hazards in the spotlight

    A major fatal explosion at a chemicals factory in Toulouse in September 2001 has sparked off a debate in France on the risks to health generated by companies. This issue no longer seems confined to the changing nature of the risks of work-related accidents encountered by employees, but now include the threats that some companies pose to their neighbouring populations.