EurWORK European Observatory of Working Life

Articles

EurWORK articles cover working life in Europe, in particular the fields of industrial relations and working conditions. The articles are based on quarterly reporting provided by the Network of Eurofound Correspondents.

  • Topical updates summarise and update developments around selected topics, which are relevant across a number of Member States at the same time
  • Spotlight reports cover in more depth country-level events, debates and changes in regulation related to working life, aiming to provide a balanced view of all parties’ positions
  • Research in Focus articles report on important research findings (including surveys) from the national level, often, but not exclusively, in the area of working conditions
  • In brief articles are short news items drawn from the correspondents' quarterly reports
  • Country updates summarise developments at national level and are published 4 times a year

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  • Early elections - no respite for the unions

    The President of the French Republic's decision to dissolve the National Assembly and to call early legislative elections in May-June 1997 has prompted numerous reactions from the unions, which fear the beginning of a shift towards liberal economic policies.
  • New pay agreement for workers in the Swedish timber industry

    Some 25,000 blue-collar workers are covered by the agreement between the Employers' Association of the Swedish Wood Products Industry and the Swedish Wood Industry Workers' Union, reached on 4 April 1997. All employees receive across-the-board minimum pay increases of SEK 1 per hour. In addition, the local parties have SEK 0.95 an hour per worker at their disposal to allocate on an individual basis. The settlement represents an overall increase in pay of 3.1%.
  • Confindustria clashes with the Government over budgetary exercise

    In April 1997, the Confindustria employers' confederation organised a "virtual demonstration "of around 14,000 employers against a government exercise to raise public revenue and reduce spending by a total of ITL 15,500 billion, deemed necessary to keep Italy's 1997 budget within the parameters set by the Maastricht Treaty on European Union.
  • Union wins landmark equal pay cases

    The cases have been hailed as a major victory for all National Health Service (NHS) staff by the Manufacturing, Science and Finance (MSF) trade union, which represented the workers involved in their cases. The union's national secretary, Roger Kline said that the: "case is a momentous one. It has implications for women staff throughout the NHS and other industries. It is a landmark decision and is the biggest single breakthrough on equal pay for women for many years."
  • Volkswagen gives up on internal temporary employment agency

    On 2 April 1997 it became public that during the ongoing collective bargaining at the German automobile company, Volkswagen, management had made a proposal to create a new "internal temporary employment agency" (Zeitarbeitsgesellschaft). Depending on the incoming orders, the agency's newly hired employees would be set to work at the different Volkswagen plants. Volkswagen proposed to pay the new temporary employees under the terms and conditions of the current branch-level collective agreement in the metalworking industry.
  • Ban on women's night work to be reviewed

    On 8 April 1997, Jacques Barrot, the Minister for Employment, gave the press a preview of the forthcoming legislation on the reduction of social security contributions and the statutory working week. Among the subjects dealt with will be a revision of existing legislation on banning women from working at night, which Mr Barrot deems necessary.
  • New rules for pay determination claimed to lead to better agreements

    On 15 April 1997 the Minister for Equal Opportunities Affairs, Labour Law and Working Hours, Ms Ulrica Messing, declared that she intends to set up an official committee to propose measures to improve the functioning of the pay determination process. She hoped that some of these measures could come into force before the start of next year's bargaining round.
  • TAP-Air Portugal pilots react against loss of compensation

    Workers at TAP-Air Portugal issued a general notice to strike on 24-25 April 1997 in protest at revised flight and rest-time schedules
  • Bargaining round extends voluntary early retirement scheme

    On 6 April 1997, the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO) and the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry (NHO) agreed on a proposal for an agreement which they could recommend to their members in this year's bargaining round. LO won acceptance for its demands on the extension of the voluntary early retirement scheme, while the pay increases agreed centrally may be described as moderate.
  • New-style package agreed at Deutsche Telekom AG

    On 9 April 1997, the telecommunication conglomerate Deutsche Telekom AG and the Deutsche Postgewerkschaft (DPG) postal workers' union signed a package of enterprise-level collective agreements for the employees at the Telekom subsidiary Deutsche Telekom Mobilnet GmbH (DeTeMobil). After five months of negotiations, this package represents the first such collective agreement in the mobile telephony industry since the beginning of the step-by-step liberalisation of the telecommunications sector.

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