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  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    On 7 July 1999, the trade and industry secretary Stephen Byers, initiated
    consultations with employer and trade union organisations on two proposed
    amendments to the Working Time Regulations 1998, which seek to implement the
    EU working time Directive (93/104/EC). The amendments - relating to the scope
    of the derogation for "unmeasured working time" and the record-keeping
    requirements for workers who have signed an "individual opt-out" from the
    48-hour limit on average weekly working hours - are intended to "help
    employers come to terms with the Regulations". The government's move follows
    extensive complaints from employers' groups that the working time
    Regulations, which came into force in October 1998 (UK9810154F [1]), have led
    to confusion and increased bureaucracy.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/new-working-time-regulations-take-effect

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    In July 1999, the general council of Italy's Cisl trade union confederation
    decided on a major restructuring of its sectoral federations, which will
    reduce the number of affiliates from 36 to 11.

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    From 29 June to 2 July 1999, 500 delegates from 33 countries attended the
    ninth Statutory Congress of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) in
    Helsinki. Issues debated ranged from the importance of combining Economic and
    Monetary Union with employment and social progress, to the role of trade
    unions in a changing world of work, equality of opportunity, union
    participation in the process of enlargement and the provision of aid for
    economic and democratic reconstruction in Kosovo.

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    A survey of the most important collective agreements signed in the
    Netherlands so far in 1999, published in June, finds moderate average pay
    increases of 2.7%. The number of agreements on training, flexible pension
    schemes and the accumulation time off has increased in recent years. While
    employers and, to a lesser extent, trade unions are in agreement on the
    issues to be addressed in negotiations during the coming year, both sides
    criticise aspects of the Netherlands' consultation and consensus-based system
    - the "polder model".

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    At the end of 1998, membership of the Austrian Trade Union Federation
    (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund, ÖGB) stood at 1,480,016, or 17,568
    less than at the end of 1997. This is a reduction of 1.2%. The number of
    women members decreased by 0.7% to 471,091, while the number of men fell by
    1.4% to 1,008,925. The share of women among ÖGB members thus climbed to
    31.8%, the highest since 1945. The number of young people (below the age of
    22) and apprentices increased by 4.2% to 51,972, after having fallen below
    50,000 in 1997. The number of (white-collar) salary earners in membership
    dropped by 1.0%, compared with 4.2% in 1997. In the public sector (including
    the railways and posts/telecommunications) membership declined by 2,228 or
    0.4% to 588,269 while the number of (blue-collar) wage earners in the private
    sector declined by 12,038 or 2.0% to 577,501 following a loss of 2.9% in
    1997.

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    It is expected that the fate of the Forges de Clabecq steelworks will be
    sealed on 15 June 1997. However, whatever the outcome of the recovery
    operation by the Swiss-Italian industrial concern, Duferco, something will
    have changed in this Belgian enterprise located some 15 miles from Brussels
    in the province of Brabant. Beyond the event in itself - the closure of a
    firm leading to the loss of 1,800 jobs - which has not itself been
    exceptional over the last few months in Belgium, it is the style of activity
    undertaken by the Forges de Clabecq union delegation [1] that has revealed a
    new union climate.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/union-delegation

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    The collective agreement for France's banking sector has to be renegotiated
    by 1 January 2000, following the decision in 1998 by the AFB employers'
    organisation to terminate the accord. In June 1999, AFB tabled a draft of a
    new agreement, which has been deemed unacceptable by all the trade unions
    involved.

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    In June 1999, the Institute of Labour of the Greek General Confederation of
    Labour (INE-GSEE) published a study examining the prevalent orthodox thinking
    in Greece that increases in real wages reduce profitability, investments,
    employment and competitiveness. The study claims that this belief is not
    borne out by the statistical data for Greece.

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