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  • 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.
  • SiD members working substantial overtime

    A new study among members of the General Workers' Union (Specialarbejderne i Danmark, SiD), published in February 2001, indicates that a third of members are working longer than the standard 37 hours per week fixed by collective agreement - see the table below. Notably, the members of the SiD transport section - including export drivers - have a working time of about 48 hours per week. Of all members surveyed, 8% work more than 48 hours per week. The study was carried out on behalf of SiD by the Centre for Labour Market Research at Aalborg University (Center for arbejdsmarkedsforskning at Aalborg Universitet, CARMA) and Dansk Markedsanalyse (DMA Research). SiD is the second-largest trade union in Denmark, with about 317,000 members.
  • Government adopts draft bill on reform of Works Constitution Act

    On 14 February 2001, the cabinet of the German federal government adopted a draft bill [1] on reform of the Works Constitution [2] Act (Betriebsverfassungsgesetz, BetrVG) - the law which determines the legal framework for co-determination at the level of the establishment [3] in the private sector, through works council [4] s. The government's bill will now pass through the legislative process, and it is planned that parliament will adopt the new BetrVG before summer 2001, so that the next works council elections in spring 2002 may be held under the provisions of the new Act. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Membership of DGB-affiliated unions falls again

    According to figures released in early 2001, total membership of the unions affiliated to the German Federation of Trade Unions (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB) sank to 7.77 million in 2000, a decline of 264,000 compared with 1999. While the pace of the decline has slowed - membership fell by 274,000 from 1998 to 1999 - unions are troubled by the fact that total membership has fallen below the level prior to German unification in 1990. As the table below indicates, some public sector unions such as the Education and Science Union (Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft, GEW) and the Police Union (Gewerkschaft der Polizei, GdP) have successfully limited membership decline while the Construction, Agriculture and Environment Union (Industriegewerkschaft Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt, IG BAU) in particular has experienced a rapid loss of membership.
  • Federal civil servants opposed to reform plan

    The "Copernicus plan" for the reform of Belgium's federal civil service, which is one of the government's priorities, is giving rise to considerable tension among civil servants in early 2001. On 13 February, some 10,000 civil servants demonstrated in Brussels to protest against the plan, while negotiations with the trade unions were deadlocked and further action was scheduled for March.
  • New pay agreement signed in banking

    On 17 January 2001, the bargaining parties in banking signed a new collective agreement on pay. Unlike some other European countries, collective bargaining in the Austrian banking sector takes place exclusively at the industry level, with no single-employer settlements. The negotiations over the 2001 deal occurred in a context of an outstandingly good financial situation in the sector, and three rounds of bargaining were needed to find a compromise.
  • Working time developments - annual update 2000

    In this annual update, we review developments in the length of working time across the European Union (plus Norway) in 1999 and 2000. We find that average collectively agreed weekly working time stood at 38.1 hours in 2000, down half an hour from 1999, with much of the reduction due to the introduction of the 35-hour week in France. Agreed weekly hours are between 37 and 39 hours in 14 of the countries examined. In sectoral terms, agreed weekly hours are highest in chemicals, followed by retail and the civil service. Paid annual leave entitlement averages nearly 26 days.
  • Gender perspectives - annual update 2000

    In this annual update, we examine a number of industrial relations and employment statistics for 1999 and 2000 from a gender-differentiated perspective. We find, for example, that on average across the EU and Norway: women's earnings are around 79% of men's; full-time male workers work longer weekly hours than their female equivalents, while part-time hours are almost the same for men and women; women's employment rate is lower than men's, but their unemployment rate is higher; union density is higher among men than women, who make up a minority of union members; and women are much more likely than men to work part time, while temporary and fixed-term work is shared more equally between women and men.
  • Teleworking in action at Unity Trust Bank

    Teleworking is a fast growing employment practice in the UK (TN9811201S [1]). Recent research by the Institute of Employment Studies (cited in /IRS Employment Trends/ 711, September 2000) shows that the number of people working from home in the UK for at least one day a week in their main job, using a computer and a phone link to keep in touch with their employer or client, rose from 1.2 million to 1.5 million (5.5% of UK employees) in the year to spring 2000. Moreover, if people who use a computer and a telecommunications link to work from home but are not dependent on this technology are included, the figure would increase to 1.8 million or 7% of UK employees. The sector that has recorded the strongest growth in teleworking is financial services which has seen a 34% increase, while the fastest expanding teleworking occupation is management, with a 24% leap in the number of managers working from home. [1]
  • TUC submits evidence on national minimum wage

    As requested by the government, the independent Low Pay Commission (LPC) is continuing to monitor and evaluate the impact of the national minimum wage (NMW) and will be making recommendations on whether it should be increased, in a report due by July 2001 (UK0007182N [1]). On 31 January 2001, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) presented evidence to the LPC. This follows evidence given during November and December 2000 by the government, the Confederation of British Industry and the Engineering Employers Federation (UK0101108N [2]). [1] [2]