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  • Agreement signed on 35-hour week in hospitals

    An agreement on the introduction of the 35-hour working week in French public hospitals was signed by four out of eight trade unions represented in the sector in September 2001. The accord is a framework agreement to be used as a basis for negotiations in each hospital. The local-level negotiations will probably lead to disputes, although the scope of these is difficult to predict.
  • Unions and the internet: prospects for renewal?

    Many people in the labour movement believe that new information and communication technologies (ICTs) must be harnessed to provide trade unions with new methods of dealing with current recruitment, retention and participation problems. This primarily involves use of the internet, including such features as e-mail, websites, chat rooms, bulletin boards, and on-line application and voting mechanisms. At the September 2001 conference of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) (UK0110104N [1]), a report on Reaching the missing millions [2], drawn up by the TUC's task group on promoting trade unionism, recommended the more systematic use of web-based services to boost union recruitment. [1] [2]
  • Agreement reached on sickness absence and an 'inclusive working life'

    On 3 October 2001, the social partners and the outgoing Labour Party (Det norske Arbeiderparti, DnA) government concluded an 'agreement of intent' with the view to creating a more 'inclusive working life'. It is hoped that the agreement will help to reduce the utilisation of sickness benefits and the rate of sickness absence, and to take better advantage of the human resources represented by older employees. The agreement sets out several measures to this end. It also carries on some of the recommendations made by the 'Sandeman committee', which published its report entitled 'An inclusive working life' (NO 2000:27) in the autumn of 2000 (NO0010109F [1]. However, the committee's majority proposal to alter the sick pay scheme, which presently grants employees full wage compensation from the first day of sick leave, was not included. The agreement nevertheless puts to rest the controversial issue of sick pay for time being, by attaching to the agreement an explicit goal of reducing the sickness absence rate. [1]
  • New law on protection of pregnant workers

    A new law concerning pregnant workers, and new and breast-feeding mothers, was published in Luxembourg in October 2001. Among other measures, it improves their protection against dismissal in the event of gross misconduct, and abolishes the previous outright ban on night working.
  • Application of 35-hour week made more flexible for smaller firms

    In September 2001, the French government announced that the conditions for implementing the transition to the statutory 35-hour working week are to be made more flexible for companies with fewer than 20 employees. These firms will, for two years from the introduction of the 35-hour week in January 2002, be able to use more overtime without having to grant time off in lieu.
  • New regulations increase part-time work among older employees

    Since 2000, new statutory provisions on part-time work for older employees (Altersteilzeit) have been in operation in Austria (TN0109184S [1]). These provisions were enacted in connection with a pension reform (AT0008228F [2]) which increased the age at which an early retirement pensions can be claimed. The new provisions on part-time work were devised to reduce the risk of unemployment among older workers resulting from this reform. The basic principle of the new regulations on part-time work is that older employees can reduce their working time without damaging their entitlements concerning pension and severance pay. Furthermore, the Public Employment Service (Arbeitsmarktservice) provides for income compensation, so that the income levels of the workers concerned remain unaffected, unless they exceed a certain upper limit. [1] [2]
  • Doorn groupholds fifth annual meeting

    On 6-7 September 2001, nearly 50 leading representatives of trade unions from Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands met in Houffalize (Belgium) for the fifth annual joint meeting of the 'Doorn group'. As well as major sectoral unions, the participants represented the major national confederations, as follows:
  • Autumn 2001 bargaining round opens

    In Austria, wage bargaining is coordinated across the economy (AT9912207F [1]) with the collective agreements concluded for the metalworking industry setting the pace for other bargaining units, in that almost all other collective agreements (which are traditionally negotiated after the metalworking deal) follow the standards set in metalworking. [1]
  • Mixed response to call for wage moderation in wake of attacks on USA

    Several weeks after the attacks on the USA on 11 September 2001, Willem Vermeend, the Dutch Minister for Social Affairs and Employment, invited the social partners to a meeting. The minister elaborated on several scenarios in order to clarify the potential consequences of the events for the Dutch economy, based on a number of fundamental economic variables. The most important conclusion drawn by the minister was that the need for wage moderation is now even more urgent than ever (NL0107137F [1]). [1]
  • Government issues 2002 budget law

    In late September 2001, the Italian cabinet approved the 2002 budget law. The most notable points include an increase in minimum pensions, tax reductions in respect of dependent children, a public sector recruitment freeze and cuts in public administration expenditure. Parliament will be asked to grant the government authorisation to issue laws on reforms of the tax and welfare system and of the labour market. Trade unions were very critical of the budget.