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  • Agreement on mobile plantat Electrolux Zanussi

    In late October 2001, the Italian metalworkers trade unions and the management of Electrolux Zanussi signed an innovative agreement on the company's 'mobile plant' initiative - whereby it will move around Europe its entire production operation for clothes dryers. From 2002, production of dryers will be moved from Nuremberg, Germany to Porcia, Italy, where it will remain until 2005, when a new location decision will be taken. The agreement lays down the employment and training conditions for workers recruited at the Porcia plant, and gives trade unions an input into the decision on where to locate the operation after 2005.
  • Unions seek changes in 'right to bargain' legislation

    Ireland has recently introduced a two-part approach to dealing with the issue of worker representation and union recognition. The provisions are based on an agreement on the recognition issue reached in 1999 by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC), which aimed to maintain the essentially 'voluntarist' nature of the Irish industrial relations system (IE9903135F [1]). [1]
  • Compensation payments agreed for euro changeover

    Euro notes and coins will go into public circulation from 1 January 2002, as 12 EU Member States change over to the single currency and abolish their existing currencies. Special lump-sum payments for extra duties arising from the changeover to the euro have been agreed by two Irish security firms, as well as by at least two retail banks and the two state-owned bus companies. However, claims by trade unions in respect of the euro changeover have been criticised by the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC). It remains to be seen if the several deals agreed by early December 2001 will spur further claims.
  • Soft drinks industry agreements open 2002 bargaining round

    On 16 November 2001, the Food and Restaurant Workers' Union (Gewerkschaft Nahrung-Genuss-Gaststätten, NGG) and the Employers' Association for the Soft Drinks Industry (Wirtschaftsvereinigung Alkoholfreie Getränkeindustrie, WAFG) concluded new collective agreements for about 18,000 employees in the German soft drinks industry, which includes well-known companies such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi Cola.
  • Independent pay agreement signed for temporary agency workers

    In November 2001, a new pay agreement was concluded between the Salaried Employees' Union (Tjänstemannaförbundet HTF, HTF) and the Swedish Service Employers' Association (Tjänsteföretagens Arbetsgivarförbund) for about 20,000 salaried employees of temporary work agencies. About 1,000 professional employees belonging to the Swedish Confederation of Professional Associations (Sveriges Akademikers Centralorganisation, SACO) are included in the deal, alongside 19,000 members of HTF. In the whole temporary agency work sector, there are about 30,000 employees.
  • Social partners reach agreement on social security reform

    In November 2001, following months of negotiations, a social security reform agreement was signed by the Portuguese social partners and government. Changes to the calculation formula for pensions and a provision allowing employees to invest their pension contributions, above a certain ceiling, in private schemes, are the main points of the agreement and were the most difficult to negotiate. Despite the fact that the CIP industrial employers' organisation has not signed the agreement and the CGTP trade union confederation has not signed the annex on contributions to private schemes, the accord will mean significant changes to the social protection system.
  • Unions aim to take moderate approach in bargaining

    In November 2001, in the course of the customary 'autumn consultation' between Dutch employers, trade unions and government, the union federations announced their intention to adopt a moderate approach during forthcoming collective bargaining. They are also prepared to accept more sector-specific wage increases.
  • Police officers hold demonstrations

    In November 2001, French police trade unions organised a series of demonstrations calling for more resources, jobs, pay and respect, and highlighting increasing crime levels . In the run-up to the presidential and general elections in spring 2002, the dispute has assumed a clearly political character around the issue of public safety, a theme that is high on the agenda for the coming elections.
  • Debate on trade union funding continues

    Over 2000 and 2001, French trade unions and politicians have been examining the controversial issue of trade union funding arrangements. Following a meeting between the five representative union confederations and the Minister of Employment and Solidarity in November 2001, the government will take some limited initiatives in this area, such as clarifying unions' tax status.
  • Social partners agree pension and unemployment insurance reforms

    In November 2001, the Finnish social partners, pension institutions and government agreed a set of pension and unemployment insurance reforms. On pensions, it remains unclear whether entitlement will in future be calculated on the basis of a person's last 10 years of employment or their whole career. Unemployment benefits will be increased or cut depending on the age and work history of the employee.