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  • FSU seeks liaison with other unions

    In January 2001, France's largest teachers' union organisation, the Unitary Union Federation (FSU), held its third congress. It decided to set up an "intersectoral unitary liaison committee", open to all trade unions, thus demonstrating its resolve to seek a restructuring of the French union movement.
  • Government introduces negative taxation on low wages

    In early 2001, the French government took the decision to introduce an "employment bonus", subsidising the pay of workers on low wages - a form of tax credit or "negative taxation" system. The social partners are divided over the measure.
  • Cash-in-transit guards strike over dangerous conditions

    In January 2001, faced with an increase in attacks against them, French cash-in-transit security guards staged a one-day strike aimed at speeding up the process of implementing measures to boost security at work.
  • Doctors' union issues strike warning

    In February 2001, the Finnish Medical Association (SLL) issued a strike warning for March, having failed to conclude a new collective agreement with the Commission for Local Authority Employers (KT). SLL is seeking a 20% pay increase and improved working conditions.
  • Informal Council discusses equal opportunities

    An informal Council of gender equality and social security ministers was held on 21–23 January 2001 in Norrköping, under the current Swedish Presidency of theCouncil of Ministers. In addition to ministers from the EU Member States, ministers from the 13 countries applying to join the EU (Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey) were also present.
  • Unions stage European day of action over Vauxhall

    A European day of action was organised on 25 January 2001 by the European Metalworkers' Federation (EMF) at all European plants of the US-based motor manufacturer General Motors (GM). The action was taken in protest against the decision announced in December 2000 by Vauxhall, GM's UK subsidiary, to end car production at its UK plant in Luton (UK0012104F [1]). [1]
  • Legislation proposed on age discrimination

    The Minister of Labour, Ove Hygum, is currently considering how Denmark is to implement the new EU Directive (2000/78/EC) of 27 November 2000 establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation [1] (EU0010274F [2]) He would have preferred that the Directive - which prohibits discrimination on grounds of of religion, belief, disability, age or sexual orientation - were implemented by means of collective agreements, as is the tradition in Denmark for the regulation of labour market conditions (DK0001164F [3]). However, in this case supplementary legislation is necessary if the prohibition of discrimination is to be 100% effective. [1]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=32000L0078&model=guichett [2] [3]
  • Collectively agreed pay up 2.4% in 2000

    According to the WSI Collective Agreement Archive's recently published annual report [1] on the 2000 collective bargaining round in Germany, trade unions affiliated to the German Federation of Trade Unions (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB) concluded new collective pay agreements for some 18.4 million employees during the year. Initially, the unions demanded total increases of between 4% and 5.5%, including both pay rises and financial contributions to new arrangements for partial and early retirement (DE0003243N [2]). After the employers' associations sharply rejected these demands, the majority of the new pay agreements provided for pay rises of between 2% and 3% in 2000 - see table 1 below for details. Many of the sectoral pay agreements run for two years and determine the pay rises in 2001, which will be between 2% and 2.5% under the majority of the agreements. [1] [2]
  • Theatre strike silences Cats

    Stella, the German music corporation, recently decided to restructure its theatre business and to move the performance of the musical "Cats" from Hamburg to Stuttgart. In this context, the company negotiated a framework agreement with the media workers' union Industriegewerkschaft Medien (IG Medien), which guaranteed the pay and working conditions of those employees who were to be transferred to other musicals. The agreement was accompanied by a social plan [1] providing severance pay for the 90 or so employees who were to lose their jobs. After both parties had apparently agreed on the terms of the agreements, Stella asked for a period of grace before signing the document. To the union's surprise, and shortly before this period had expired, the company withdrew from the agreement. According to Sigrid Schwarze, Stella's spokesperson, the company considered the agreement to be just a non-binding draft version requiring further specification. The company's move occurred shortly before "Cats" was due to be relocated to Stuttgart. [1]
  • Social dialogue in SMEs examined

    For many years, Belgian trade unions have been seeking the establishment of social dialogue structures in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are not covered by union representation or statutory employee participation structures. The intersectoral agreement for 2001-2, signed in December 2000, calls on sectoral negotiators to set up external structures to enable social dialogue in SMEs (ie "pooled" dialogue structures for a number of SMEs in a particular area). A recent report from the bipartite National Labour Council examines existing experiments in such external regional consultation in a number of sectors.