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  • 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.
  • Agreement reached on noise Directive

    The European Commission originally proposed a Directive limiting noise at the workplace in 1992, within the context of a broader Directive limiting workers’ exposure to physical agents. A newer proposal dates from 1999, when the Commission split the proposed physical agents Directive into individual proposals, one of which related to noise (EU0106220F [1]). [1]
  • Parliament proposes amendments to draft temporary agency work Directive

    The European Commission issued a proposal for a Directive on working conditions for temporary (agency) workers [1] in March 2002 (EU0204205F [2]), seeking to ensure equal treatment for temporary agency workers and comparable workers in a number of areas. This followed the breakdown of EU-level social partner negotiations on this topic in May 2001 (EU0106215N [3]). The proposal is subject to the co-decision procedure, under which the European Parliament (EP) may be consulted several times on the content and final agreement must be reached between the Council of Ministers and the EP. [1]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=52002PC0149&model=guichett [2] [3]
  • Government repeals most of its unemployment benefit reform

    In October 2002, only five months after introducing a major reform of unemployment benefit (without agreement with the trade unions), the Spanish government decided to repeal most of the changes that it had made, faced with pressure from the unions and public unpopularity.
  • Parliament rejects popular legislative initiative on employment stability and safety

    In November 2002, the Spanish parliament decided not to debate as a draft law a 'popular legislative initiative' promoted by the UGT trade union confederation. The initiative sought to introduce new measures to improve stability and safety in employment, but the opposition of the governing People's Party's parliamentary majority ensured its rejection.
  • DGB proposes integrated EU economic and social policy

    On 8 October 2002, the German Federation of Trade Unions (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB) issued a statement [1] to the European Convention [2]- the body charged with preparing for the next Intergovernmental Conference by proposing a new framework and structures for the EU, notably in the light of enlargement (EU0201231N [3]) - containing proposals for a new 'social contract' for Europe. This initiative is a contribution to the ongoing debate on a new EU 'constitution', and it seeks to face the challenges of enlargement and of persistent unemployment, and to introduce an integrated economic and social policy. DGB proposes: the creation of a higher level of social rights for EU citizens; the strengthening of the participation of the European Parliament (EP) and the social partners; and the introduction of a more coordinated macroeconomic policy mix. [1] [2] [3]
  • CES adopts opinion on future of EU social policy

    In October 2002, France's Economic and Social Council (CES) adopted an opinion entitled 'What social competences will there be and who will be the actors in an enlarged EU'. This report, endorsed by all the groups and organisations represented in the CES, makes very detailed proposals for bolstering the 'European social model' and enshrining the position and role of the European-level social partners, at a time when the European Convention is drafting a new EU treaty or constitution.
  • Emploi non permanent, qualité du travail et relations industrielles

    L’emploi 'non permanent' est une caractéristique des marchés du travail européens qui a suscité une attention croissante au cours de ces dernières années et a fait l’objet de nombreuses réglementations, notamment à l’échelle européenne. L’emploi non permanent peut globalement être défini comme tout emploi limité dans le temps qui n’est pas basé sur un contrat de travail à durée indéterminée et continu - les principaux types d’emploi non permanent étant l’emploi sous contrat à durée déterminée, le travail intérimaire, le travail occasionnel ou saisonnier. Cette étude comparative, basée sur les contributions des observatoires nationaux de l’Observatoire européen des relations industrielles (EIRO) dans les États membres de l’UE et en Norvège, vise à étudier les liens entre l’emploi non permanent et la 'qualité' de la vie professionnelle mais aussi à examiner comment ce thème est traité dans le cadre des relations industrielles. L’étude porte principalement sur le travail à durée déterminée - une étude précédente de l’EIRO fournissant des informations plus détaillées sur le travail intérimaire TN9901201S [1]. [1]