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  • Paper industry agreement reached after conciliation

    Every full-time employee will receive SEK 230 more per month as a result of the new collective agreement for blue-collar workers in the paper industry, signed on 6 February 1997. In addition, a further 1.1 % of total paybill will be allocated through company-level negotiations. On 6 February 1997,...
  • Trade unions and Social Democrats agree on unemployment insurance

    As a result of a new agreement on unemployment insurance, the governing Social Democrat Party has yielded to criticism from the trade unions. One of the continuing quarrels between the Social Democrat Government and the largest trade union confederation, the Confederation of Trade Unions for Blue-...
  • Ford case highlights the costs of inward and outward investment

    The recent decision by the Ford Motor Company to reduce employment at its Halewood plant in the UK, and to produce a new-model Ford Escort in Spain and Germany, raises questions about the effects that multinational companies (MNCs) have on nation states. The Ford Motor Company announced on 16...
  • Job security agreement at Blue Circle

    A recent agreement at the Blue Circle Cement company gives guarantees of job security in return for wage restraint. It has been hailed by many as a future model for good industrial relations in the UK, which might also stem any tendency towards inflationary wage claims. However the Blue Circle deal...
  • Working time moves to the top of the agenda

    Working time has moved to the top of the industrial relations agenda in the UK. As well as the failure of the UK Government's attempt to have the EU Directive on working time annulled by theEuropean Court of Justice, there has been a growing debate concerning the implications of long hours on the...
  • Public sector pay policies

    In early February, in response to five independent pay review bodies' reports recommending pay awards for 1.3 million public service employees, the UK Government announced that the increases should be paid in two stages. These awards influence significantly the level of pay settlements for more...
  • TUC launches pre-election campaign

    The TUC trade union confederation has launched a GBP 1 million campaign to put employee rights at the centre of the forthcoming general election. The campaign is aimed at all parties, but is likely to be met with suspicion by the Government The Trades Union Congress (TUC) launched its campaign to...
  • Future of the Post Office under debate

    A consultative paper launched by the postal workers' union calls for changes to the Post Office which will allow it freedom from excessive regulation without privatisation. The paper has largely been met with approval from management, which is keen to regain the organisation's position as number...
  • Union recognition still an issue

    Despite the fact that UK trade unions have been losing members, in early 1997 groups of employees are still fighting for the right to act collectively and to be represented by unions. At the same time, there are still employers which refuse to recognise unions and to implement what some see as...
  • CBI sets out its plans for 1997

    The CBI employers' organisation has set out a five-point programme of long-term priorities for 1997. CBI hopes that by consulting members on targeted issues, it will be able to draw up concerted plans for the long-term future competitiveness of British industry. At the beginning of February the...

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