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  • High-level skills and mobility task force makes recommendations

    A high-level task force on skills and mobility was set up by the European Commission in June 2001 (EU0107225N [1]) with the remit of looking into ways in which to increase labour market mobility within the European Union and examining how to increase the skills levels of Europe's workforce. The task force's report [2] was published on 20 December 2001, containing a total of nine recommendations as follows: [1] [2]
  • Global accord against child labour in chocolate and cocoa

    A common statement on fighting child and forced labour [1] was signed on 30 November 2001 by the main world-level social partners in the chocolate and cocoa sector. On the trade union side this was the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF). On the employer side, the signatory parties included a range of national and international bodies (such as the US Chocolate Manufacturers' Association, the Cocoa Association of London, the Cocoa Merchants' Association of America, the European Cocoa Association, CAOBISCO and the International Cocoa Organisation) representing all major interests in the global cocoa and chocolate industry, including the major chocolate manufacturers. Three non-governmental organisations (NGOs) also signed (the Child Labor Coalition, Free The Slaves and the US National Consumers League). The common statement was witnessed by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). [1]
  • Spanish Presidency sets out priorities

    The Spanish government took over the six-month Presidency of the Council of Ministers on 1 January 2002. Its main goals for its term, which runs until 30 June 2002, are set out in a policy document entitled More Europe. Programme of the Spanish Presidency of the EU [1]. [1]
  • Laeken Council endorses employment strategy and prepares for further Treaty reform

    Ministers and heads of state gathered in the Belgian town of Laeken on 14–15 December 2001 for the European Council which marks the end of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The Presidency subsequently issued a document containing the conclusions [1] of the debates. [1]!!!&BID=76&DID=68827&GRP=4061&LANG=1
  • Trade union density falls

    A recent study carried out by the Department of Organisation and Industrial Sociology (Institut for Organisation og Arbejdssociologi) at the Copenhagen Business School (Handelshøjskolen i København) and published in mid-January 2002 shows that the total membership of Danish trade unions remained more or less unchanged at about 2.15 million over the period 1994 to 2001. During the same period, the number of potential members, however, increased by about 100,000 persons who joined the total labour force. This means that the total number of organised employees as a proportion of the potential membership (ie union density) has fallen from 84.6% in 1994 to 81.7% in 2001, or nearly three percentage points.
  • SAS staff accept lower pay and shorter working hours to save jobs

    The joint Norwegian-Swedish-Danish airline company Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) is seeking – as with many other airlines – to reorganise in the light of the extensive crisis in aviation since the terrorist attacks on the USA in September 2001. At the start of the crisis, SAS declared that 2,500 jobs had to go. Since then, the figure has been reduced through agreements with staff organisations and trade unions. Some 1,700 white-collar staff have thus accepted having their pay and working hours reduced by just over 5% in order to save jobs. In addition, they will also refrain from claiming wage increases in 2002. Voluntary leave schemes and part-time arrangement are being introduced and the employees have accepted the loss of a number of fringe benefits. The Danish white-collar employees' union at SAS, Luftfartsfunktionærerne (LFF), had hoped for a guarantee against dismissals, but in spite of joint efforts the management has given no such commitment.
  • New programme provides work permits for domestic staff

    On 19 December 2001, the 'red-Green' coalition government passed a decree which will offer employment permits to domestic workers from Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. Permits will be issued with a duration of one to three years and applications will be accepted until 31 December 2002. To qualify as potential employers for such migrant domestic staff, a household must be taking care of a relative and be receiving benefits from the statutory long-term care insurance system. The government hopes that by the time the deadline for applications expires, the decree will have been replaced by a more comprehensive immigration law (DE0105223F [1]) which is still pending in the legislative process. [1]
  • IG Metall and ver.di create joint bargaining committee at IBM

    On 13 December 2001, the IG Metall metalworkers' trade union and the Unified Service Sector Union (Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, ver.di) reached an agreement on future collective bargaining arrangements at IBM Deutschland GmbH. The two unions agreed to create a joint collective bargaining committee to negotiate the forthcoming agreements for the 26,000 or so employees at the German subsidiaries of the US-based information technology (IT) multinational.
  • Single agreement in sight for large-scale retail

    In late 2001, the social partners in the Belgian large-scale retail sector were negotiating, for the first time, over a single collective agreement for the whole sector (which was formerly divided into three bargaining units). On 1 December, with no deal in sight, trade unions called a one-day national strike. However, conciliation then led to a draft agreement, which seems likely to satisfy the unions.
  • Innovative restructuring agreement at Belgacom

    In December 2001, management and trade unions at the Belgian telecommunications operator Belgacom signed an agreement on the implementation of a new restructuring plan, affecting 3,000-4,000 employees. The agreement, which provides for a combination of retraining, working time reductions and voluntary redundancies, has been welcomed for its innovative measures.