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  • French social partners debate future of European Union

    During 2001, French trade unions and employers' associations have participated in a country-wide debate over the future of the European Union. The process included the adoption of an opinion on the issue by the Economic and Social Council, on which the social partners are represented, in October.
  • Unions and employers set out demands for public sector bargaining round

    In the spring of 2002, the employers' organisations and trade unions in the Danish public sector will renegotiate the current three-year collective agreements concluded in 1999 (DK9903114F [1]). If the social partners conclude two-year agreements, the public sector bargaining cycle will again be in line with the trend-setting private sector, which will be renegotiating its four-year agreements concluded in 2000 (DK0002167F [2]) in 2004. Within the public sector, the negotiations take place on two levels: for the central government sector and for the county/municipality sector. At both levels, the negotiations start centrally and take place between federations. Later, the individual organisations, such as the Danish Nurses' Organisation (Dansk Sygeplejeråd, DSR), negotiate with the employers. In November 2001, the social partners, as is traditional, presented their demands and positions for the spring 2002 negotiations. [1] [2]
  • Planned merger of four white-collar unions continues

    On 11 and 19 September 2001 respectively, the boards of the Swedish Union of Local Government Officers (Svenska Kommunaltjänstemannaförbundet, SKTF) and the Union of Civil Servants (Statstjänstemannaförbundet, ST) decided to move towards the establishment of a new merged trade union with two other white-collar unions, possibly starting in 2002, following some two years of preparatory work on the merger. SKTF and ST are currently affiliated to the Swedish Confederation of Professional Employees (Tjänstemännens Centralorganisation, TCO), as is a third union involved, the Salaried Employees' Union (Tjänstemannaförbundet, HTF). The fourth union is the Social Insurance Employees' and Insurance Agents' Union (Försäkringsanställdas Förbund, FF), which is currently affiliated to the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (Landsorganisationen, LO) but is due to join TCO from 1 January 2002. At present, TCO has 18 affiliates with a total of 1.2 million members.
  • SAS given green light to take over Braathens

    On 23 October 2001, the Norwegian Competition Authority (Konkurransetilsynet) approved the offer by Scandinavia Airline Systems (SAS) to take over the troubled Norwegian airline Braathens ASA (NO0106134N [1]). The decision followed an earlier rejection of the bid by the Competition Authority in a preliminary notice on 20 August 2001, in which it warned of a possible intervention against the acquisition of shares in Braathens by SAS. Employees and trade unions affected by the takeover, as well as the management of Braathens, had given their whole-hearted support to the SAS bid earlier in 2001, as it was seen as the only alternative to bankruptcy. However, consumer organisations and major customers of the two airlines feared that the consequences would be too little domestic competition and a rise in ticket prices. [1]
  • UGT Catalonia compares labour market quality in Spain and beyond

    2001 saw the publication of the findings of research conducted by the Catalonian regional organisation of Spain's UGT trade union confederation, comparing 'labour market quality' in the regions of Spain, along with major industrial regions elsewhere in Europe and the EU average. Using 20 employment and labour market indicators, the UGT Catalonia 'iQT index' puts the quality of Spain's regional labour markets behind the EU average, with the labour markets of Rhône-Alpes, Lombardy and Baden-Württemberg having the highest rankings.
  • Merger between childcare workers' unions abandoned

    Since the autumn of 1999, the trade unions representing skilled and unskilled childcare workers - the Danish Federation of Early Childhood Teachers and Youth Educators (Forbundet for Pædagoger og Klubfolk, BUPL) and the National Union of Nursery and Childcare Assistants (Pædagogmedhjælpernes Forbund, PMF) respectively - had been discussing a merger into a single union (DK0012109F [1]). However, in autumn 2001, following a consultative ballot among BUPL members, the top leaderships of the two unions decided to abandon the merger plans. A merged childcare workers' union would have had 80,000 members (50,000 from BUPL and 30,000 from PMF) and would have been the sixth-largest union in Denmark. [1]
  • New agreement signed on psychological working environment

    In May 2001, the Minister of Labour and the social partners concluded an agreement on the 'psychological working environment' within the framework of the Working Environment Council (Arbejdsmiljørådet), which gave the Working Environment Authority (Arbejdstilsynet) the scope to intervene in cases concerning bullying and harassment in enterprises (DK0107128F [1]). The Minister thus issued an administrative Order which authorises the Authority to supervise the mental as well as physical aspects of safety and health at work. [1]
  • Work-related stress and industrial relations

    The comparative study was compiled on the basis of individual national reports submitted by EIRO's national centres. The text of each of these national reports is available below in Word format. The reports have not been edited or approved by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. The national reports were drawn up in response to a questionnaire [1] and should be read in conjunction with it. [1]
  • Social partners discuss social security reform

    In autumn 2001, the Portuguese government and social partners are discussing the implementation of the basic social security law, which was approved in 2000. The themes under discussion include the formula for the calculation of old-age pensions, ceilings for income subject to social security contributions, and the financing and sustainability of the system. The social partners are considering a possible national agreement on social security.
  • Glass-making and home textiles industries face unemployment

    In autumn 2001, two Portuguese industries - glass-making and home textiles - are facing particular problems caused by competition from countries outside Europe, bringing company closures and the threat of unemployment. Trade unions have responded with industrial action and calls for government support.