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  • Proposals to implement part-time work Directive published

    The Irish government has finally acted to implement the EU Directive on part-time work into national legislation, by publishing the necessary primary legislation in December 2000. Council Directive 97/81/EC [1] of 15 December 1997 (EU9712175N [2]) implements the framework agreement on part-time work concluded in June 1997 by the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the Union of Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE) and the European Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises of General Economic Interest (CEEP) (EU9706131F [3]). [1]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31997L0081&model=guichett [2] [3]
  • FEN education union holds 37th congress

    The Federation of National Education (FEN), one of France's largest teachers' trade unions, held its 37th congress in December 2000. It decided to change its name to UNSA-Education, to reflect its engagement in the National Federation of Independent Unions (UNSA), and adopted a proposal for educational reform.
  • Calls for special provisions on 35-hour week for small businesses

    In late 1999 and early 2000, some French employers' organisations have called for a moratorium on the application of the recent 35-hour working week legislation to firms with under 20 employees, currently planned for January 2002. The government, while willing to help small companies facing difficulties, is opposed to such a move.
  • Agreement signed on workplace health

    In December 2000, a number of French trade union and employers' confederations signed an agreement on "health at the workplace". The accord provides for longer periods between medical check-ups for employees, and a greater role for trade unions in prevention policy.
  • Strike closes cargo ports

    On 22 January 2001, Finnish cargo ports were hit by a strike called by the Finnish Transport Workers' Union (Auto- ja Kuljetusalan Työntekijäliitto, AKT), in a dispute over redundancies among dockers at the Steveco port operating company. After one day of strike action, a settlement was reached through conciliation, whereby the pay of the redundant workers was guaranteed for 12 months. In addition, AKT has agreed to sign up to the national incomes policy agreement for the next two years.
  • Merger forms Finland's second-largest union

    In November 2000, four Finnish trade unions in the services sector merged to form Service Unions United. With over 200,000 members, it is the country's second-largest union after the Trade Union for the Municipal Sector.
  • ETUC executive committee endorses guideline on collective bargaining coordination

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) set up a "committee for the coordination of collective bargaining" at its ninth congress, held in Helsinki in June-July 1999 (EU9907182F [1]). Since that time, the committee has been working to develop strategies for the coordination of collective bargaining at European level, and recently formulated a guideline on the coordination of collective bargaining, which was discussed and endorsed through a recommendation [2] at an ETUC executive committee meeting on 14–15 December 2000. [1] [2]
  • Agreement on European Company Statute and working time in road transport industry

    An extraordinary Employment and Social Policy Council of Ministers was convened under the French Presidency on 20 December 200 in order to examine a revised text of the draft Directive on the worker involvement provisions of the European Company Statute. This development followed the consensus reached on this issue at the Nice European Council summit of 7–11 December 2000 (EU0012288F [1]). Ministers duly reached the unanimous political agreement [2] required to progress this draft Directive and the Regulation on the company law aspects of the Statute, which will now be forwarded to the European Parliament (EP) for an Opinion. The texts will subsequently be sent back to the Council of Ministers for adoption – possibly at the Employment and Social Policy Council scheduled for 6 March 2001 (the Council is not, under the decision-making procedure to which the European Company Statute instruments are subject, obliged to incorporate any of the amendments the EP may make). The draft Directive and Regulation will come into force three years after adoption. The draft Directive will require negotiations between management and employee representatives in each European Company over the worker involvement arrangements to be applied, with statutory reference provisions applying where no agreement is reached. Full details will be provided in a future EIRO feature. [1] [2]!!!&BID=79&DID=64574&GRP=3087&LANG=1
  • Social partners sign declaration on implications of electricity liberalisation

    The European Federation of Public Service Unions (EPSU), theEuropean Mine, Chemical and Energy Workers' Federation (EMCEF) and the electricity supply employers' organisation Eurelectric agreed a joint declaration [1] on 27 November 2000, stating that the parties are aware of the social and employment implications of the continuing process of opening up and integrating European electricity markets. The declaration notes that a recent study funded by the European Commission has shown that 250,000 jobs were lost in the sector between 1990 and 1998, although it stresses that restructuring took place in a "socially responsible way". However, the parties to the declaration believe that restructuring is likely to continue, and that the following key issues should be considered: [1]
  • Civil servants hold 24-hour general strike

    On 14 December 2000, civil servants all over Spain held a 24-hour strike in protest against their loss of purchasing power, the increase in temporary employment and the absence of collective bargaining in the civil service.