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A framework agreement  was signed on 22 November 2004 by management at the
French energy multinational Total SA and representatives of the European Mine
Chemical and Energy Workers’ Federation (EMCEF), the European Federation of
Managers in the Chemical and Allied Industries (FECCIA) and the European
Federation of Executives in the Sectors of Energy and Research (FECER). The
accord contains a range of general strategic guidelines to promote employee
dialogue in the group’s European businesses. It covers three main areas:
EU employment and social affairs ministers met in Brussels on 6-7 December
2004, within the framework of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and
Consumer Affairs Council, under the Dutch Presidency of the Council of the
The European Council met in Brussels on 4-5 November 2004 to discuss a range
of issues, including the preparation of a mid-term review of the EU’s
Lisbon strategy . This strategy was agreed at a European Council summit in
Lisbon in March 2000 (EU0004241F ) and aims to create 'the most dynamic
and competitive knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable
economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion' by
2010, using a strategy with an economic, social and environmental dimension.
The strategy contains concrete targets in several areas, including overall
employment levels, female employment rates, and the employment of older
According to a study published in late 2004 by National Centre for Social
Research, around 21%-23% of the Greek population live below the 'poverty
line', and social inequalities are high by EU standards.
The Confederation of Trade Unions of the Slovak Republic (Konfederácia
odborových zväzov Slovenskej republiky, KOZ SR ) (SK0208102F ) held
its fifth congress in Bratislava on 12-13 November 2004. The congress was
important because the confederation's programme for the run-up to the next
general election, the election of top union officials, trade union
participation in social dialogue and cooperation with political parties were
on the agenda. High-level representatives of international and national trade
unions - eg John Monks, the general secretary of the European Trade Union
Confederation (ETUC ), Guy Ryder, the general secretary of the
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU ), and John Evans,
the general secretary of the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC ) to the
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - attended the
congress. Willy Buschak, acting director of the European Foundation for the
Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, also participated.
Over 1.1 million Italian public sector workers voted in elections to Rsu
workplace representation bodies in November 2004. Projections indicate that
trade unions affiliated to the three main confederations (Cgil, Cisl and Uil)
won the great majority of the vote.
In November 2004, a new national collective agreement was signed for Italy's
117,000 local public transport workers. As well as providing for a wage rise,
the agreement regulates the use of new forms of employment in the sector and
improves the pay position of new recruits.
Between 30% and 50% of all pregnant women in Denmark report absence due to
illness in the course of their pregnancy, according to estimates (532Kb pdf;
in Danish)  from the Danish Ministry of Employment. A health promotion
campaign ‘Pregnant and working’ has been launched in an effort to reduce
these levels. The campaign was initiated by six of the Danish Sector Working
Environment Councils (Branchearbejdsmiljøråd , BAR), and is aimed primarily
at pregnant women, doctors and employers.
/Like many other mature industrial sectors, Europe’s leather and textiles
sector, has undergone dramatic change over the past 20 years. This EMCC
dossier provides an in-depth analysis of the trends and forces driving change
in the sector, using a compilation of relevant reports, company case studies
and scenarios to give a comprehensive insight into an industry in