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  • Agreement on social dialogue in craft industry

    In December 2001, employers' organisations and trade unions in the French craft industry concluded an agreement on developing social dialogue. It provides for extra resources for both sides to improve their representative structures. The deal has been criticised by employers' organisations outside the craft industry.
  • Social partners discuss taxation

    In January 2002, the Finnish social partners expressed their views on the country's taxation levels, in the light of work being carried out to prepare future government tax policy. According to the Confederation of Finnish Industry and Employers (TT), the Finnish taxation level is so high that many of its large member companies are considering moving their head offices to other countries. The trade unions, while recognising that it is important to employees that taxation should be moderate, nevertheless defend taxes as the financial basis for the welfare state.
  • Flexible retirement system comes into force

    A new flexible retirement system came into force in Spain on 1 January 2002, following the enactment of a tripartite agreement on pensions signed in April 2001. The aim is to extend working life beyond the legal retirement age of 65 and the real average retirement age of 62.5.
  • Minimum wage increases by 2% in 2002

    At the end of 2001, the Spanish government increased the national minimum wage by 2% for 2002, in line with the forecast inflation rate. Trade unions had called for a higher increase, pointing out that the Spanish minimum wage is very low in EU terms.
  • Iberia redundancies approved

    In the light of the crisis in the aviation industry following the terrorist attacks in the USA on 11 September 2001, the Spanish airline Iberia has introduced a redundancy procedure - approved by the labour authorities in December - which affects over 2,500 workers at all levels.
  • Social dialogue focuses on cost of dismissal

    Dialogue between the Spanish social partners focused in late 2001 on the long-running controversy over the cost of dismissal - which is regarded as high in Spain - and its relationship with the country's high level of temporary employment. Employers and trade unions have made proposals on reform in this area.
  • Government proposes new anti-discrimination laws

    On 13 December 2001, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published a consultation document, Towards equality and diversity [1], outlining how the government intends to implement the requirements of the EU Directives on equal treatment in employment and occupation (2000/78/EC [2])(EU0102295F [3]) and race discrimination (2000/43/EC [4])(EU0006256F [5]), both adopted in 2000. The consultation document sets out proposals for new legislation to prohibit discrimination in work and training on grounds of age, religion and sexual orientation and for amendments to the existing Disability Discrimination and Race Relations Acts. [1] [2]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=32000L0078&model=guichett [3] [4]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=32000L0043&model=guichett [5]
  • UK reaction to agreement on EU employee consultation Directive

    On 17 December 2001, a conciliation committee made up of representatives of the European Parliament (EP) and EU Council of Ministers agreed a joint text of the long-debated Directive on the information and consultation of employees. The move follows the EP's adoption in October 2001 of a series of amendments (EU0110206F [1]) to the Council's 'common position' draft of the Directive (EU0106219F [2]). As not all the proposed amendments were acceptable to the Council, the draft Directive entered the conciliation phase of the EU's co-decision procedure, resulting in agreement on a compromise text. Final adoption of the Directive is now subject to the formal ratification of the joint text by the EP and the Council, expected in February 2002. [1] [2]
  • Union and business leaders call for early decision on UK euro entry

    The introduction of euro notes and coins across the 12 EU Member States in the 'euro-zone' on 1 January 2002 has prompted renewed debate in the UK about the prospects of joining the European single currency. Comments on the issue by the leaders of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and the employers' organisation CBI received widespread media coverage over the holiday period.
  • Irish Times cuts staff to avert cash crisis

    /The Irish Times/ daily newspaper plans to cut its 710-strong workforce by 250, in a move aimed at trimming losses that are expected to reach over IEP 17 million in 2002. The company has targeted the 250 redundancies to achieve savings of IEP 10 million annually and hopes to cut another IEP 7.5 million from non-wage operating costs. It had planned to begin the redundancy programme by the end of January 2002. However, implementation is likely to be stalled pending negotiations with the company's group of trade unions.