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  • ILO child labour Convention comes into force in France

    The 1999 ILO Convention No. 182 on the prohibition of the worst forms of child labour was implemented in France by a decree issued on 15 November 2001.
  • Industrial unrest ends at Moulinex

    In autumn 2001, Moulinex, the French-based electrical household appliance manufacturer, filed for bankruptcy and was partially taken over by its competitor, SEB, with the planned loss of 3,700 jobs. Workers responded by occupying plants and adopting other hard-line tactics. The conflict ended with the conclusion of an agreement on enhanced redundancy compensation for the workers who will lose their jobs.
  • First collective agreement signed for retail call centres

    On 13 November 2001, the Hamburg regional organisation of the Unified Service Sector Union (Vereinigte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, ver.di) and the Employers' Association for the Hamburg Retail Sector (Landesverband des Hamburger Einzelhandels, LHE) concluded a new collective agreement [1] for employees in call centres related to the retail sector. The agreement covers all call centres which form part of LHE member companies, while external call centres also have the option of applying the agreement. The deal is the first collective agreement ever signed in retail call centres. [1] Call-Center 01.doc
  • Fiom-Cgil metalworkers' union holds strike

    Fiom-Cgil, one of Italy's three main metalworkers' trade unions, called a one-day general strike on 16 November 2001. It is seeking a referendum among workers on the national collective agreement for metalworking which was signed by other two unions, Fim-Cisl and Uilm-Uil, in July 2001, with the reopening of negotiations if the agreement is rejected. Fim-Cisl and Uilm-Uil reject this call and see Fiom-Cgil as being motivated mainly by political concerns.
  • Parents to have legal right to request flexible working

    On 20 November 2001, trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt announced that the government would be proceeding with legislative proposals designed to enable working parents with young children to seek flexible working arrangements from their employer. In its response [1] to the report [2] of the Work and Parents Taskforce, appointed in June 2001 and chaired by Professor Sir George Bain (UK0107137N [3]), the government 'accepted' or 'accepted in principle' each of the Taskforce's recommendations on the details of legislation to give parents of young children a right to request flexible working and to have that request seriously considered by their employer. [1] [2] [3]
  • Employment Bill published

    On 8 November 2001, the government's Employment Bill [1] was published and given a formal first reading in the House of Commons. The draft legislation seeks to implement a number of commitments made in the Labour Party's election manifesto (UK0105132F [2]), as well as proposals which have been the subject of recent consultation exercises (UK0108141N [3] and UK0108142N [4]). The contents of the Bill are wide-ranging and include: extended parental leave rights from April 2003; minimum standards for workplace dispute-resolution procedures; changes in employment tribunal rules; statutory rights for trade union 'learning representatives'; and powers to make regulations to implement the 1999 EU Directive on fixed-term work (UK0108141N [5]). The government also confirmed that, in response to concerns expressed by trade unions and others during consultation, it would not be proceeding with controversial proposals to charge applicants for bringing an employment tribunal case. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • CBI conference urges government to resist further employment regulation

    In early November 2001, the main UK employers' organisation, the CBI, held its annual conference in Birmingham. The conference was addressed by a range of leading government figures including the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown, as well as the general secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), John Monks.
  • Industrial relations in the EU, Japan and USA, 2000

    The process of economic 'globalisation' and increasing competition, along with the European Union's deepening economic integration, means that the EU is tending more and more to compare itself in many areas with the world's two other largest economies - Japan and the USA. This process of comparison and 'benchmarking' is seen as particularly important in the light of the EU's commitment, outlined at the March 2000 European Council summit in Lisbon (EU0004241F [1]) to becoming 'the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustained economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion'. [1]
  • Mass redundancies announced at KPN

    In late October 2001, the Dutch telecommunications group, KPN , announced plans to make 4,800 employees redundant. Following negotiations with trade unions, in November the number of compulsory redundancies was cut to 2,800, with 2,000 older employees to depart voluntarily. In return for the reduction in the number of redundancies, KPN staff have accepted pay cuts.
  • Unions call joint strike against government proposals on reforming dismissals law

    In late November 2001, negotiations between the Italian government and trade unions on the former's White Paper on the labour market broke down. The reason was that the government intends to modify, for some group of workers, the legal rules which provide for the statutory reinstatement of workers dismissed illegally. The three main union confederations jointly called two-hour general strikes on 5 and 7 December 2001.