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  • SAK highlights employers' social responsibility

    Corporate social responsibility has been an issue for debate among the Finnish social partners in recent times. As part of this process, in January 2002, the SAK blue-collar trade union confederation expressed concern about the effects on workers of changes in the economic environment and working life, and challenged employers to define 'good work' and its content. In the employers' view, companies must have a free hand to define their social responsibility.
  • Unions oppose reduction in minimum wages in order to increase integration of immigrants

    In 2000, the then Social Democrat-led government set up a so-called 'think tank' to examine the integration of immigrants. The intention was that the appointed members of the body were to look at integration in Denmark in a broad perspective, both by making projections about the number of foreign national in Denmark over the next 20 years, and by coming up with new proposals for better integration methods.
  • Number of work-related injuries continues to decline

    In a report on occupational safety and health (/Bericht über den Stand von Sicherheit und Gesundheit bei der Arbeit und über das Unfall- und Berufskrankheitengeschehen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Jahr 2000/) issued in January 2002, the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs presented comprehensive data on work-related accidents and occupational diseases in 2000. According to a statement by Walter Riester, the Minister of Labour, 2000 proved to be very successful in terms of health and safety at work, because the risk of being injured or suffering from occupational diseases had never been lower since the ministry started to publish data on this issue. Mr Riester also emphasised that, by following the EU social policy agenda [1] (EU0007266F [2]) as agreed upon at the June 2000 Nice European Council summit (EU0012288F [3]), his ministry would continue to improve the quality of working conditions. [1] [2] [3]
  • First agreement signed for temporary agency workers

    After five years of difficult negotiations, the first ever collective agreement for the sector of employment agencies specialised in the hiring-out of labour (Arbeitsüberlassungsgewerbe) was signed on 15 January 2002. It was negotiated by the Metalworking and Textiles Union (Gewerkschaft Metall-Textil, GMT) and the general crafts and trades subunit of the Austrian Chamber of the Economy (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, WKÖ). The agreement covers almost 27,000 agency workers, who are primarily employed in the metalworking sector. The vast majority of metalworking employees and hence also of temporary agency workers are men. While white-collar workers amongst the agency workers –18% of the total – were already covered by another collective agreement - the agreement for the 'trade' sector (Allgemeines Gewerbe) - the blue-collar workers were not.
  • Special agreement on temporary closure of Athens Hilton

    In November 2001, an innovative agreement was reached by management and workers' representatives at the Athens Hilton hotel, which will be temporarily closed for renovations until 2003. The agreement provides for a continued employment relationship, with a degree of wage compensation, for many of the hotel's employees.
  • Recent developments in sectoral social dialogue

    Sectoral social dialogue at European level has made considerable progress over the three years since its structures were reformed on the basis of suggestions made by the European Commission in May 1998 (EU9806110F [1]). A total of 26 sectoral social dialogue committees are currently in place, according to the Commission, with the prospect of more being set up in the short and medium term. This feature looks at the main joint texts which have been agreed within the framework of the sectoral social dialogue during 2000 and 2001. These are summarised in the table below. [1]
  • Central agreement on bargaining in 2002

    In mid-December 2001, after lengthy negotiations, Spain's central trade union confederations and employers' organisations concluded an 'Agreement for collective bargaining 2002'. The deal lays down guidelines and criteria for lower-level bargaining in 2002, including pay increases linked to inflation and productivity gains, and a focus on employment and health and safety.
  • LO and DA sign agreement on integration of refugees and immigrants

    Issues related to the presence of refugees and non-EU immigrants in Denmark and, in particular to their integration into Danish society, have been the subject of intensive and often heated debate in recent years (DK0005179F [1]). Following the general election in November 2001, when the previous Social Democrat-led government was replaced by a coalition of the Liberal Party (Venstre) and Conservative People's Party (Konservative Folkeparti) (DK0112147F [2]), the issue was again placed in the spotlight by the new government's proposals on integration, which include a proposed reduction of social security benefits and allowances for refugees, with the aim of getting them into employment. [1] [2]
  • Promoting gender equality in the workplace

    This report describes the operation of workplace gender equality strategies in seven countries of the European Union and assesses their impact on both employees and the organisation. It explains the reasons for the success or failure of these programmes and draws up recommendations for action aimed at providing decision makers with the relevant information they need in order to give an impetus to gender equality in the workplace.
  • Government accepts recommendations of NHS pay review bodies

    On 17 December 2001, the UK government announced that it would accept the recommendations of three independent pay review bodies covering 130,00 doctors and dentists, 52,000 professions allied to medicine (eg therapists and radiographers), and 410,000 nurses, midwives and health visitors, employed in the National Health Service (NHS). These groups of NHS staff will receive a pay increase of 3.6% or more in April 2002.