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  • Aer Lingus begins restructuring talks as bankruptcy looms

    In November 2001, the crisis at the Irish state-owned airline, Aer Lingus– brought on by a combination of the air travel slump after the 11 September terrorist attacks on the USA and pre-existing difficulties – reached a crucial stage, with the start of serious negotiations with trade unions on the company's plans to cut 2,026 jobs.
  • Dublin light rail bidder agrees pre-entry union deal

    A pre-entry union recognition deal was agreed in autumn 2001 between Ireland's largest trade, union, the Services Industrial Professional Technical Union (SIPTU), and the French-based transport company Transdev, one of the five bidders to operate Dublin's new LUAS light rail transport system. The deal provides for a binding commitment to industrial peace, through a 'security of service' commitment and the introduction of a novel form of arbitration.
  • Unions react strongly to shipyard accident

    A workplace accident, which claimed several lives on 20 October 2001 in Greece's Kynosoura shipyard, provoked a strong reaction from trade unions throughout Greece, including strikes, a formal complaint and an injunction against the owners of the ship concerned.
  • Precarious status quo in elections to boards of social security funds

    In September-October 2001, the French social partners appointed new members to the boards of the various jointly managed funds within the general social security scheme. The earlier decision of the MEDEF and CGPME employers' organisations to pull out of these bodies had led to speculation about major upheavals. In the event, the elections resulted in no changes in the chairs of the national funds. However, this status quo seems precarious.
  • Partial takeover of Moulinex by SEB

    In late October 2001, the Nanterre Commercial Court ruled that a bid tabled by SEB provided the best financial guarantees for the takeover of the troubled French electrical household appliance manufacturing group, Moulinex. The French-based SEB - a direct Moulinex competitor - plans some 4,600 job losses throughout Moulinex's worldwide operations, including 3,700 in France. Trade unions and workers at Moulinex have expressed their hostility to this decision.
  • Unions hold demonstrations

    In response to a call launched by four of the main French trade union confederations (CFE-CGC, CFTC, CGT, and CGT-FO), but with the notable exception of CFDT, demonstrations were held all over France on 16 October 2001. The issues at the heart of the protests varied, but centred on pay, employment and social welfare.
  • New study on income of top managers

    A recent study by the consulting and accounting company Arthur Andersen finds that the income of 'top managers' in Germany has seen significant increases in recent years, to the extent that it has almost reached the levels of equivalent managers in Anglo-Saxon countries. The study analyses the income of board members at 10 leading German multinational companies - see the table below.
  • Crisis hits Alitalia

    The crisis in the air transport sector following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks in the USA has hit the the Italian national airline, Alitalia, hard. The company has drawn up a restructuring plan which involves more than 5,000 redundancies. On 29 October 2001, Alitalia workers went on strike to protest against the proposals.
  • Strike organised in schools sector

    In negotiations over the renewal of the collective agreement for the Italian schools sector, divisions have appeared between the trade unions in late 2001. Cisl and Uil have taken a more positive approach towards a number of government concessions on funding for teachers' pay and conditions and schools reform, while Cgil has moved towards a more confrontational stance. All three unions called a strike for 12 November, but Cgil's action is more extensive and has different aims.
  • Sintel dispute comes to an end

    In August 2001, a long-running dispute over the situation of the workforce of the Sintel telephone installation company came to an end in Spain. Following the company's bankruptcy, the workers had been made redundant with substantial unpaid wages. The government eventually came up with a re-employment and pre-retirement package which was acceptable to the Sintel workers, who had conducted a high-profile protest campaign.