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  • 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.
  • Bus strike hits Barcelona

    November and December 2000 saw major strike action by bus drivers in Barcelona, who were seeking more full weekends off. The dispute was settled by an agreement that gives the drivers 13 full work-free weekends per year, plus three additional days off.
  • LO proposes life-long working time flexibility

    The Confederation of Danish Trade Unions (Landsorganisationen i Danmark, LO) is ready to discuss the inclusion of clauses on flexible working time arrangements in a larger number of collective agreements. It believes that considerations of family life and health should be better combined with individual employees' wishes relating to when and how much they work. LO sees flexibility as more or less a life-long process: young people may easily work up to 50 hours per week - as is typically seen in the information technology sector - and in return it should be possible for them to work fewer hours when they have children and/or become older. It should be possible to deduct the hours saved up during the early part of working life from weekly working time when the need arises. Normal weekly hours should remain at 37.
  • Fewer work-related injuries and occupational diseases in 1999

    In a report on occupational health and safety (/Bericht über den Stand von Sicherheit und Gesundheit bei der Arbeit und über das Unfall- und Berufskrankheitsgeschehen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland im Jahr 1999/) issued in December 2000, theMinistry of Labour has presented comprehensive data on work-related accidents and occupational diseases in 1999. According to a statement by Walter Riester, the Minister of Labour, the risk of employees being injured or suffering from occupational diseases has never been lower in the entire history of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • Trade unions criticise employers over increased overtime working

    At the beginning of January 2001, the Federal Employment Service (Bundesanstalt für Arbeit, BfA) announced that about 1.85 billion paid overtime hours were worked in Germany in 2000. Compared with the previous year, this represented an increase of 61 million paid overtime hours, leading to the highest number of annual overtime hours since 1995 - see table below. On average, each German employee worked about 61 hours of paid overtime in 2000.
  • Social partners set out priorities for future Belgian EU Presidency

    In December 2000, Belgium's bipartite Central Economic Council adopted a framework opinion on the Belgian Presidency of the European Union during the second half of 2001. The social partners set out five areas on which the Belgian Presidency should concentrate its efforts.
  • 2000 collective bargaining round reviewed

    Collective bargaining in Austria (AT9912207F [1]) is conducted at sectoral level and is differentiated into a relatively large number of separate agreements (eg for blue- and white-collar workers, or for industrial and craft production). However, it is coordinated across the economy. This is because a practice of "pattern bargaining" prevails, based on the leading role of the metalworking industry in the overall bargaining process. Traditionally, the collective agreements for the blue-collar workers and white-collar workers in the metalworking industry are negotiated first, which thus sets the pace for the other bargaining units in the course of the annual bargaining rounds. In this respect, the "global" agreement (Globalrunde) for white-collar workers in most parts of manufacturing follows suit. These agreements set a guiding framework for negotiations in all remaining sectors, including the public sector. The metalworking industry sets the pace for routine bargaining, as well as the trend regarding basic priorities for bargaining policy. This leading role rests on the close cooperation between the blue-collar Metalworking and Textiles Union (Gewerkschaft Metall-Textil, GMT), representing the highly unionised manual workers in the metalworking industry, and the Union of Salaried Employees (Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten, GPA). [1]
  • New controversy over shop opening hours

    Under current regulations, liberalised to some extent in recent years, shops in Austria may open on weekdays until 19.30 and on Saturdays until 17.00. Compared with other EU Member States, these rules are relatively strict. However, they are not fully utilised by companies. Only slightly more than one-third of companies operate the longer opening hours, with more than half of these companies regarding the results as satisfactory. On the other hand, the employees affected take the view that the changes caused by the liberalisation measures have had a negative impact on their working conditions.
  • Employment programme launched for people with disabilities

    The coalition agreement of the current government of the populist Freedom Party (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ) and the conservative People's Party (Österreichische Volkspartei, ÖVP), which came to power in early 2000 (AT0002212F [1]), included a planned employment programme for people with disabilities. Measures to implement the programme (known as Behindertenmilliarde) were announced in late 2000. [1]