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  • Agreement on workers' mobility between South and North

    In January 2001, the Italian Minister of Industry, Enrico Letta, signed an agreement with trade unions to encourage workers' mobility between the North and South and investment in southern regions. The initiative was prompted by the difficulties experienced by Franco Tosi, an electro-mechanical company located in the North, in finding 1,500 blue-collar workers.
  • ESB privatisation stalled while technicians reject 18% pay offer

    In early 2001, the directors of the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), Ireland's state electricity firm, rejected for the time being the option of privatisation – a route which had been favoured by the company's chief executive, Ken O'Hara. The rejection came soon after a letter was sent to the board by the group of trade unions represented in the company, which expressed the view that the management team was not up to the rigours of competition (IE0004210N [1]). The unions say that this was not intended as a personal criticism of any individual manager, but rather a reflection of the need for training and upgrading of the management team. [1]
  • Redundancy and transfer consultation and appeal procedures amended

    New mechanisms for the consultation of workers in firms which do not recognise trade unions, as well as access to the Rights Commissioner's appeal mechanism, have been introduced into Irish law implementing the EU Directives on transfers of undertakings (77/187/EEC [1], amended by 98/59/EC [2]) and collective redundancies (now consolidated in 98/59/EC [3]). [1]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31977L0187&model=guichett [2]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31998L0050&model=guichett [3]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31998L0059&model=guichett
  • New demand framework from the OTOE

    In January 2001, Greece's OTOE bank workers' trade union issued its platform of demands for forthcoming bargaining over a new collective agreement for the banking sector. OTOE's demands include pay increases which take into account future inflation and past losses of purchasing power, and the introduction of a 35-hour working week.
  • Unions demand regulation of personnel leasing

    In January 2001, the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) called on the Minister of Labour and Social Security to intervene to prevent breaches of labour legislation in the operation of personnel leasing and temporary work agencies, which are reportedly on the increase. The legal framework for such leasing of personnel is currently unclear, and GSEE is seeking a series of regulations to address the problems.
  • New Labour Inspectorate launched

    The social partners in Greece have repeatedly expressed the need to reorganise and modernise the Labour Inspectorate. The existing structure was limited and unable to meet current requirements for better monitoring, specialisation, flexibility and rapid action. Legislation adopted in 1998 created a new institutional framework for the operation of the Labour Inspectorate, and established a new Corps of Labour Inspectors (SEPE). The new body was officially inaugurated in December 2000.
  • Agreement signed on early retirement in banking

    In January 2001, a sectoral agreement on "an early retirement scheme for the banking industry" was signed by the AFB employers' association and the banking federations of the CGT-FO and CFTC trade union confederations. This five-year agreement will, through a system of new recruitment to compensate for early retirement, help to mitigate age imbalances in the banking workforce and address demands from workers. The agreement is based on the government's CATS early retirement scheme, which was introduced in February 2000.
  • Workplace elections held at Ministry of the Economy

    Elections of employee representatives on the joint committees at the French Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry were held in December 2000 and January 2001. These elections are an important barometer of the support and representativeness of the various trade unions. The latest elections were particularly important since they followed the industrial action in early 2000 over a proposed reform of the Ministry. They produced some changes in the position of the major unions and also indicated a degree of fragmentation and dispersal, as well as polarisation between the Ministry's various divisions.
  • New employee savings legislation finally passed

    February 2001 saw the adoption of new legislation reforming employee savings schemes in France. This followed a lengthy period of disagreement between the two chambers of parliament. The main aim of the new law is to increase the scope and duration of employee savings schemes, by extending them to employees of small and medium-sized businesses and increasing the "lock-in" period for employee savings from five to 10 years.
  • Chambers of agriculture election results

    Elections to France's départment-level chambers of agriculture were held on 31 January 2001. The Small Farmers' Confederation (Confédération paysanne) made significant gains in the electoral divisions for farmers. There were also considerable gains and losses for trade unions in the employees division - though it is difficult to draw comparisons with previous elections due to major changes in the make-up of the electoral base.