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  • Benchmarking and the Europeanisation of industrial relations

    The UK's Economic and Social Research Council is currently funding a five-year research programme entitled One Europe or several? [1] It examines "contemporary processes of political, security, economic, social and cultural change across the European continent, as well as issues of convergence and divergence and prospects for integration and fragmentation". One of the projects under the programme examines Emerging boundaries of European collective bargaining at sector and enterprise level [2]. Within this project, Keith Sisson and Paul Marginson of the Industrial Relations Research Unit, University of Warwick, have recently examined the issue of benchmarking in the "Europeanisation" of industrial relations, and their main findings - published in April 2001 - are summarised below. [1] [2]
  • Intermediate employment targets agreed at Stockholm

    A European Council meeting was held in Stockholm on 23–24 March 2001, bringing together heads of state and government and employment and social policy ministers to discuss economic and social questions. The requirement to hold such annual spring Councils was laid down by the Lisbon Council in March 2000 (EU0004241F [1]), which specifically discussed how the European economy could harness the potential of the "information society". The Lisbon Council's stated goal was for Europe to become "the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion". In terms of employment policy, its main concrete goals to be achieved by 2010 were: [1]
  • Board-level participation agreed at Aventis

    It was announced on 7 March 2001 that an agreement on European board-level employee participation had been finalised between Aventis management, the German chemical workers' trade union, IG BCE, the French chemical workers' unions affiliated to CGT and CFDT and the European Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers' Federation (EMCEF). Aventis, which has its headquarters in Strasbourg, France was created in 1999 following the merger of the German chemicals multinational, Hoechst AG and the French Rhône-Poulenc SA (FR9812146F [1]). The company employs some 95,000 people in more than 120 countries. [1]
  • Temporary agency work negotiations break down

    Negotiations between the central European-level social partners – the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE)/European Association of Craft and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (UEAPME) and the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP) – over a possible agreement on temporary agency work have been underway since UNICE agreed to open talks in May 2000 (EU0005245N [1]). Temporary agency work is the third and final subject to be discussed by the social partners under the umbrella of the European Commission's original 1995 social partner consultation on the broad issue of "atypical work". This consultation has so far yielded the 1997 agreement on part-time work [2] (EU9706131F [3]) and the 1999 agreement on fixed-term contracts [4] (EU9901147F [5]), both of which were subsequently implemented by EU Directives. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Second stage of social partner consultations on teleworking

    The second phase of EU-level social partner consultations on the issue of teleworking, launched by the European Commission on 19 March 2001, followed a first stage of consultations on "modernising and improving employment relations" initiated in June 2000 (EU0007259N [1]). The first consultation covered both teleworking and "economically dependent workers" (workers who are not employees in the traditional sense, but nevertheless rely on a single source of employment), inviting the social partners to give their views on the possible future direction of Community action in these areas. In launching the second round of consultations, the Employment and Social Policy Commissioner, Anna Diamantopoulou, stated that they focused on teleworking as this is the subject on which the two sides of industry have shown the keenest immediate interest. She added that around 7 million employees in Europe – some 4.5% of the labour force – telework on a regular basis. [1]
  • Employment and Social Policy Council prepares for Stockholm

    The 6 March 2001 Employment and Social Policy Council of Ministers, held under the Swedish Presidency, included an open debate on the issue of "safe and sustainable" pensions and future European cooperation in this field. The debate was transmitted live to the press and the public by television. Ministers reached broad agreement on the basic principles of safe and sustainable pension systems, as follows:
  • Agreement on resolving labour disputes out of court renewed

    In late January 2001, the main Spanish trade union confederations and employers' organisations renewed their national agreement on resolving labour disputes out of court, signed in 1996. The revised agreement will remain in force until the end of 2004.
  • Government sets new employment targets

    On 4 April 2001, the Minister of Labour, Ove Hygum, and the Minister of Social Affairs, Henrik Dam Kristensen, launched a booklet entitled "Everybody is needed - Denmark 2010 and a more flexible labour market" (Brug for alle - Danmark 2010 og et mere rummeligt arbejdsmarked [1]). The context is a belief that in the coming years, Denmark will need all the people who are capable of doing so to work, so as to prevent higher taxes or a general setback for the Danish welfare society resulting from the growing numbers of older people and smaller numbers of young people. "If we are not able to create the inclusive labour market today, we never will be," said Mr Hygum. [1]
  • First sectoral agreement on private pensions signed in construction

    In late January 2001, the German parliament approved much of the pensions reform proposed by the current coalition government of the Social Democratic Party (Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands, SPD) and Alliance 90/The Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) (DE0101204F [1]). At the centre of the reform is a dual pension scheme, consisting of both state and private pensions. While the state pension system will continue to provide benefits on a "pay-as-you-go" basis (whereby current pensions are met from the contributions of those currently in employment), the new private pensions system will require employees to pay up to 4% of their gross income into company or other private schemes. Although important parts of the law still need to be approved by the parliamentary upper house, the Federal Council (Bundesrat), the Building, Agricultural and Environmental Union (Industriegewerkschaft Bauen, Agrar, Umwelt, IG BAU) and the two national employers associations for the construction industry (Hauptverband der Deutschen Bauindustrie, HDB, and Zentralverband des Deutschen Baugewerbes, ZDB) have already negotiated a collective agreement which splits the costs for workers' mandatory contributions to the new private pension schemes. [1]
  • New agreements signed for Lufthansa cabin and ground staff

    On 24 March 2001, the newly created Unified Service Sector Union (Vereinigte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, Ver.di) and Lufthansa AG concluded new collective agreements for the airline company's 55,000 cabin and ground staff. In January 2001, the German White-Collar Workers' Union (Deutsche Angestellten Gewerkschaft, DAG) and the Public Services, Transport and Traffic Union (Gewerkschaft Öffentliche Dienste, Transport und Verkehr, ÖTV) - which merged with three other unions to form Ver.di (DE9911225F [1]) during the bargaining process - had entered the bargaining round without putting their demands in concrete figures, but with the expectation of an improvement on the previous pay settlement in 1999 and maintenance of both the company's framework agreement and provisions on subsidised transport. [1]