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  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    On 20 July 1999, the national council of the Confederation of British
    Industry (CBI) adopted a policy statement [1] reaffirming that the CBI is "in
    favour in principle of UK entry into European Economic and Monetary Union
    once key conditions for success are in place". The CBI believes that UK
    membership of EMU"has the potential to deliver significant benefits to the UK
    economy", but that further progress is needed towards "sound fiscal
    conditions in all major euro-zone countries", together with a shift in labour
    market policies towards more flexibility. The new policy statement is the
    culmination of a three-month consultation process involving voting on CBI
    regional and national committees and a survey of wider membership opinion
    carried out by polling organisation MORI.

    [1] http://www.cbi.org.uk/ndbs/content.nsf/802737aed3e3420580256706005390ae/53dbaab1a1943690802567b4003febd4?OpenDocument

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    At a conference on 10 June 1999, Hans Skov Christensen, the managing director
    of the Confederation of Danish Industries (Dansk Industri, DI) presented a
    proposal for a new system of collective bargaining in Denmark. "It has to be
    a marked exception that a dispute breaks out, and if it occurs it has to be a
    logical consequence of the system's rules", said Mr Christensen. While,
    undoubtedly, disputes could still occur, the possibility of traditional
    industrial action would not not be the basis for all bargaining. Such action,
    according to DI, belongs to the past. Accordingly, DI proposes that the
    current automatic process, whereby notice of an impending dispute is issued
    during the bargaining round, be reconsidered.

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    In late May 1999, the Dutch Minister of Health and State Secretary for Social
    Affairs adopted a standpoint on the issue of privatised healthcare and
    possible priority treatment for employees. Politicians have thus given the
    green light for offering employees specialised care on a commercial basis for
    work-related medical complaints. Private outpatient centres have long offered
    specialised care, treating problems such as stress and "burn-out".

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    On 14 July 1999, the European Commission adopted a Communication entitled A
    concerted strategy for modernising social protection [1] (COM(99)347 final).
    The Communication emphasises the key role played by social protection systems
    in supporting public health and well-being and in redistributing wealth. It
    is argued that, without social security transfers, nearly 40% of EU
    households would be living in relative poverty (compared with the actual rate
    of 17%). Spending on social protection accounts for an average of 28.5% of
    GDP.

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/soc-prot/social/com99-347/com99-347_en.pdf

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    In July 1999, the joint employer-trade union administrative board of France's
    National Sickness Insurance Fund (CNAM) approved, by a large majority, a
    strategic reform plan. This package of measures is designed to reduce
    spending and improve the quality of healthcare. CNAM hopes that the
    government will give legislative effect to the plan.

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    In June 1999, the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) expressed its
    total opposition to proposals from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to
    reduce the wages of new entrants to the labour market and to cut labour
    costs.

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    In summer 1999, at the half-way point of the Spanish social partners'
    four-year pact for employment stability, later endorsed by parliament, the
    parties have evaluated its results. After two years, employment - and
    especially stable employment - has increased significantly. However, there
    has been no substantial decrease in the level of temporary employment and
    contract turnover continues to increase.

  • CAR
    27 Luglio 1999

    /It seems inevitable that increasing economic integration and competition
    within Europe will have some influence on national collective bargaining. The
    aim of this comparative study is to provide an assessment, as of summer 1999,
    of the extent to which the processes and outcomes of bargaining in the 15
    Member States of the EU, plus Norway, are developing a cross-border, European
    dimension. The study outlines the diverse processes, both implicit and
    explicit, which can be said to be leading towards a "Europeanisation" of
    collective bargaining. Developments across the 16 countries concerned are
    examined at intersectoral, sectoral and enterprise levels, with a special
    focus on metalworking and financial services, and the views of the social
    partners are summarised./

  • Article
    27 Luglio 1999

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) held its ninth Statutory
    Congress in Helsinki from 29 June to 2 July 1999 (EU9907182F [1]). The event
    coincided with the beginning of Finland's six-month term in the EU Presidency
    and on 1 July a delegation presented a memorandum to the Finnish Prime
    Minister and EU President in Office, Paavo Lipponen. The delegation consisted
    of the ETUC president, Fritz Verzetnitsch, and general secretary, Emilio
    Gabaglio, plus Lauri Ihalainen, chair of the Central Organisation of Finnish
    Trade Unions (Suomen Ammattiliittojen Keskusjärjestö, SAK), Esa Swanljung,
    chair of the Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees
    (Toimihenkilökeskusjärjestö, STTK) and Risto Piekka, chair of the
    Confederation of Unions for Academic Professionals (Akateemisten
    Toimihenkilöiden Keskusjärjestö, AKAVA). The memorandum sets out ETUC's
    demands, proposals and recommendations for the EU Presidency.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-labour-market/ninth-etuc-congress-calls-for-a-european-system-of-industrial-relations

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