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  • CBI and TUC issue joint report on productivity

    On 29 October 2001, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) published a joint assessment of the reasons behind the 'productivity gap' between the UK and its major competitors. The report, The UK productivity challenge [1] is the result of a programme of work drawn up in response to the Chancellor of the Exchequer's request in October 2000 that the two organisations jointly address a range of issues in an effort to boost the UK's productivity (UK0011197N [2]). [1] http://www.tuc.org.uk/economy/tuc-3928-f0.cfm [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-seeks-employer-and-union-involvement-in-productivity-initiative
  • UK reaction to European Parliament's vote to strengthen employee consultation Directive

    On 23 October 2001, the European Parliament (EP) adopted a series of amendments to the Council of Ministers' common position on the draft EU Directive establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees in the European Community [1], intended to strengthen its requirements (EU0110206F [2]). The move received a mixed reaction in the UK. Trade unions welcomed the proposed amendments but employers and the UK government expressed concern at their implications. [1] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=51998PC061&model=guichett [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/european-parliament-calls-for-amendments-to-information-and-consultation-directive
  • Shareholders to have right to vote on directors' pay

    On 19 October 2001, trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt announced that shareholders are to be given the right to an annual vote on director's pay. The minister said that the move was designed to improve accountability and strengthen links between pay and performance in the boardroom.
  • Train drivers strike for own pay agreement

    From 9-11 October 2001, some 200 drivers of passenger trains run by the Swedish Railway System (Statens Järnvägar, SJ) went on strike for 48 hours. A few hours after the actions stopped, 150 drivers of goods trains run by the Green Cargo rail freight company took similar strike action, from 11-14 October. About 50,000 train passengers were affected by the first strike, the costs of which are estimated at SEK 5 million. About 30% of railway goods traffic was affected by the second strike, which cost about SEK 9 million.
  • Ver.di extends connexx project to attract media employees

    On 13 September 2001, some 100 employees from private radio stations, internet companies, and the film industry met in Frankfurt to share their experience of a trade union project called connexx.av [1], sponsored by the recently established Unified Service Sector Union (Vereinigte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft. Connexx is the first attempt by a German trade union to offer a wide range of membership services to employees who are not yet union members. 'This is exactly how a union should be,' proclaimed Frank Bsirske, president of ver.di, when he addressed the participants at the connexx 'summit'. [1] http://www.connexx-av.de/
  • Controversy over right to strike

    In October 2001, the Belgian government announced a bill designed to restrict the unilateral intervention of civil courts in industrial disputes. Welcomed by the trade unions, the bill has prompted vehement criticism from the employers, and considerable hesitation in the VLD, the party in the coalition government to which Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt belongs. The VLD president has questioned the recourse to the right to strike in public services, thereby incurring the wrath of the trade union movement.
  • Largest blue- and white-collar unions intend to merge

    On 8 October 2001, officials of the Union of Salaried Employees [1] (Gewerkschaft der Privatangestellten, GPA) and the blue-collar Metalworking and Textiles Union [2] (Gewerkschaft Metall-Textil, GMT) met to decide on a merger of their organisations. They announced that they intended to establish a single large union that covers a total of 503,306 members, which is more than one-third of the total membership of the Austrian Trade Union Federation (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund, ÖGB). [1] http://www.gpa.at/wuu/gpa-gmt.htm [2] http://domino.metaller.at/gmbe/info.nsf/4e0c03a0bb452609c12566e800366009/a2903a52e4912d38c1256ae000348106?OpenDocument
  • Employers reluctant to hire older workers

    In September 2001, the National Social Insurance Board (Riksförsäkringsverket, RFV) published a report (Arbetsgivares attityder till äldre yrkesverksamma, 2001:9 [1]). It presented a survey carried out in 2000 among 750 Swedish employers. The employers were interviewed about their attitudes to older workers, especially those aged over 55 years. The survey also sought to discover whether employers' attitudes differ according to factors such as sector, age and gender structure of the workforce, size of business and geographical location. [1] http://www.rfv.se/publi/docs/ana0109.pdf
  • Nicole Notat announces departure as CFDT leader and prepares succession

    In September 2001, Nicole Notat announced officially that she will not be running again for the position of general secretary of France's CFDT trade union confederation at its next congress in May 2002. François Chérèque is to succeed her.
  • Opposition to agreement on 35-hour week in insurance

    An agreement on introducing the 35-hour week in the French insurance sector was signed by the FFSA employers' association and CFDT trade union in July 2001. The organisations which did not sign had until 21 September to do so. However, they did not sign. The GEMA employers' association, which includes most mutual insurance groups, refused to sign due to the agreement's provisions on Saturday working, while the other four unions threatened to take the matter to court.

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