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  • New dispute-resolution body has first outing

    When Ireland's current 33-month national agreement, the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness [1] (PPF) (IE0003149F [2]), was formally "revised" in December 2000 (IE0012161F [3]) the social partners agreed to the establishment of a new three-person body to oversee the "peace clause" in the agreement. This National Implementation Body (NIB) is chaired by Dermot McCarthy, a top government secretary, and its other members are Turlough O' Sullivan, the director general of the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) and Peter Casells, the outgoing general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU). [1] [2] [3]
  • Politicians and top civil servants awarded up to 33%

    In early 2001. the Buckley Review Body on higher remuneration in the public service awarded pay increases ranging from 7.4% for "programme managers" in the civil service to a maximum increase of 33.3% for the heads of government departments. The number of top-level posts covered by the review body is around 2,000. Apart from senior civil servants and politicians, this select group includes hospital consultants, the heads of non-commercial state organisations, senior positions in the police force (Garda) and the judiciary. The Prime Minister (Taoiseach) received an increase of 22%, raising his annual salary from IEP 114,561 to IEP 140,000, making him one of the highest paid national leaders in the EU. The salary of a regular elected parliamentary representative goes from IEP 39,184 to IEP 46,506, an increase of 18.7%.
  • Family benefits awarded for both spouses

    In March 2001, it was revealed that Greece's Supreme Special Court had decided that family benefits must be paid to both spouses. The fact that both spouses do not have equal entitlement to such benefits is a matter of long-standing controversy. The court's decision refers solely to workers in the public and broader public sector.
  • Agreement reached on supplementary pensions

    In 10 February 2001, an agreement on reforming France's supplementary pensions schemes was signed by the MEDEF employers' organisation and the CFDT and CFTC trade union confederations. The CGT, CGT-FO and CFE-CGC unions opposed the accord, and uncertainties remain over its interpretation and implementation.
  • Difficult 35-hour week negotiations at Michelin

    Negotiations on the reduction of working time started at Michelin, the French tyre-manufacturing group, in early 2000. These talks have set management against trade unions, and have also pitted the unions against each other. In early 2001, employees and unions were split over a plan to consult the workforce on a draft agreement reached by management and the CFDT union. The CGT union sought a court ruling to prevent the consultation, but in February the court ruled that it could be held on 29 March 2001.
  • Female-dominated public sector groups join incomes policy agreement

    A number of Finnish trade unions representing public sector occupations dominated by women employees - such as kindergarten teachers and social workers - did not initially sign up to the country's two-year central incomes policy agreement concluded in December 2000. Some threatened strike action in order to obtain additional pay increases. However, in January 2001, these groups signed up to agreements providing for the same increases as other workers - 3.1% for 2001 and 2.3% for 2002.
  • UNICE offers negotiations on telework

    The possibility of European-level regulation of teleworking was expressly alluded to by the European Commission when it launched first-stage consultations with the European-level social partners on the modernisation of work organisation in June 2000 (EU0007259N [1]). In the first stage of such consultations, the Commission consults management and labour on the possible direction of Community action in a particular area. If, after this consultation, the Commission considers that Community-level action is advisable, it launches a second stage of consultations as to the content of any envisaged proposal. It is at this stage that management and labour may, if they wish, decide to try to negotiate a European-level agreement on the issue in question. This process of negotiation, provided for by Article 139 of the Treaty establishing the European Community [2] (TEC), has so far been successfully used to negotiate agreements on parental leave [3] (EU9706131F [4]), part-time work [5] and fixed-term work [6] (EU9903162N [7]), which were subsequently enacted by Council Directives, at the request of the social partners. Under the provisions of Article 139 (2), the social partners may either ask the Council to enact their agreements, on a proposal from the Commission, or implement them "in accordance with the procedures and practices specific to management and labour and the Member States". Negotiations in the area of temporary agency work are currently underway (EU0005245N [8]). [1] [2]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=c19ons_tre&model=guichett [3]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31996L0034&model=guichett [4] [5]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31997L0081&model=guichett [6]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31999L0070&model=guichett [7] [8]
  • First meeting of high-level group on industrial relations and managing change

    The Employment and Social Policy Commissioner, Anna Diamantopoulou, opened the first meeting of the newly-created "high-level group on industrial relations and managing change" on 9 February 2001. The intention of the European Commission to create this group was set out in its Communication on a new five-year social policy agenda [1], issued on 28 June 2000 (EU0007266F [2]). The group comprises 10 high-level experts from a variety of backgrounds, intended to represent most of the interest and groups which play a key role in industrial relations. It includes representatives from the countries applying to join the European Union and seeks to have a good balance of male and female representatives. The group is chaired by Maria Joao Rodrigues, a former Portuguese minister and adviser to the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of Ministers during the first six months of 2000. [1] [2]
  • Parliament adopts resolution on social consequences of industrial restructuring

    The European Parliament (EP) adopted a resolution [1] on industrial restructuring and mergers at its plenary session on 15 February 2001, following a debate and questions to members of the European Commission, which included a statement by the Employment and Social Policy Commissioner, Anna Diamantopoulou, on 14 February. [1]
  • Court supports unions' right to use internet

    In January 2001, Spain's National High Court supported the right of trade unions to use the internet for union communications in companies. The CC.OO had taken legal action against the BBVA bank for hindering the exercise of trade union rights through the internet.