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  • Social partners clash over revised terms of national agreement

    Ireland's current national agreement, the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness [1] (PPF) (IE0003149F [2]), was "revised" in December 2000 (IE0012161F [3]), in the light of rising inflation in 2000 and as an acknowledgement that wage expectations were not being fully met by the phased increases worth 15% over 33 months under the original terms of the PPF. As part of the revised terms, there is to be an additional 2% wage rise from April 2001, plus a lump-sum payment, worth 1%, made on a one-off basis in 2002. In March 2001, the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) and Ireland's largest trade union, the 200,000-strong Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU), engaged in a public "war of words" over the additional 2% wage increase, due from 1 April 2002. [1] [2] [3]
  • Union membership rises but density declines

    Trade unions in Ireland increased their overall membership levels in 2000 but did not quite keep pace with the overall increase in employment, according to figures on union membership released by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) in March 2001 Total union membership increased by almost 19,000 or 3.8%, while total employment grew by 4.1%.
  • New industrial relations legislation comes into force

    On 1 April 2001, the provisions of Law 2874/2000 regarding "employment regulations and other provisions" came into full force in Greece. In the area of industrial relations, this means changes in areas such as overtime, working time flexibility, part-time workers' pay and the definition of collective redundancies.
  • Referendum endorses 35-hour week deal at Michelin

    On 29 March 2001, the workforce of the French tyre manufacturer Michelin voted in favour of a draft agreement on the 35-hour week in a controversial referendum opposed by a number of trade unions.
  • Agreement signed on career paths in state hospitals sector

    In March 2001, the Ministry of Employment and Solidarity signed an agreement on career paths for state-run hospital staff with five of the sector's eight trade unions. The accord aims to improve pay scales for employees nearing the end of their career and to enhance promotion opportunities.
  • Metalworking seeks to improve integration of young and unemployed people

    An important agreement was signed in March 2001 by the social partners in the French metalworking sector, aimed at more effectively integrating young and unemployed people hired on specific employment policy contracts into collectively agreed pay and conditions.
  • Civil servants continue to mobilise over pay

    In an attempt to force the government to reopen pay negotiations, France's civil service trade unions called a second strike on 22 March 2001. However, it was much less well-supported than the strike held on 30 January. The government and the unions are still at odds over back-pay for 2000, despite a proposal by the civil service minister to raise the wages of the low-paid.
  • Public transport workers strike for retirement at 55

    In late March 2001, urban public transport systems in most French cities (excluding Paris) were hit by four days of strike action. Employees in the sector are calling for universal early retirement at the age of 55, as already enjoyed by many other transport workers.
  • International Womens' Day - the French perspective

    8 March 2001 was International Women's Day, and French trade unions, associations and ministries took the opportunity to take stock of the status of women in both family and working life, through a series of campaigns, events and publications.
  • Unions reject plans for pensions reform

    In April 2001, the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health published proposals for the gradual abolition of unemployment pensions (allowing early retirement for long-term unemployed people) and of individual early retirement pensions. The plans have aroused strong opposition from trade unions.