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  • LO executive committee proposes new action programme

    The executive committee of the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions has presented a proposal for a new action programme, encompassing a wide variety of social and economic issues, which is due to be adopted at its congress in May 1997. The executive committee (sekretariatet) of the Norwegian...
  • Strikes hit 60-year high

    Figures from the Confederation of Norwegian Business and Industry show that over 530,000 working days were lost in industrial conflict during the 1996 wage negotiations in Norway. The major strikes all occurred in the private sector and among unions affiliated to the Norwegian Confederation of...
  • The 1997 bargaining round previewed

    In 1997, the mid-term renegotiations of Norwegian collective agreements will take place in a climate of economic growth. So far, the signals indicate moderate wage demands, in line with the social pact agreed in 1992 by the Government and the central social partners. The majority of Norwegian wage...
  • Legislation increases national minimum wage

    Download article in original language : PT9702102FPT.DOC A recent decree-law issued by the Government has increased the national minimum wage from 1 January 1997. The monthly rates have risen by up to 5%. We review Portugal's minimum wage system and the reactions to, and implications of, the 1997...
  • UGT assesses collective bargaining in 1996

    Download article in original language : PT9702104NPT.DOC According to the UGT trade union confederation, during the 1996 collective bargaining round pay increases were generally settled in line with the Social Concertation Agreement for that year. The Social Concertation Agreement for 1996 was...
  • Civil service normalises situation of its fixed-term contract workers

    Download article in original language : PT9702105NPT.DOC With the aim of abolishing "irregular" employment in the civil service, the Portuguese Government is planning to integrate into its permanent staff lists those workers who are currently on fixed-term and other forms of precarious contract. An...
  • Pressure mounts to protect standard employment relationship

    Download article in original language : PT9702107FPT.DOC Some Portuguese sectors have been characterised by a widespread move away from standard, regular and permanent jobs towards temporary forms of employment, including irregular and casual work, homeworking and certain forms of self-employment....
  • Controversial changes in Employment Security Act provide for more bargaining at company level

    Will there be a shift towards more company-level bargaining in Sweden? That is the question raised since Parliament recently passed legislation that would promote local collective agreements on employment security matters. However, the trade unions are not all enthusiastic about the new provisions...
  • Government proposes amendments in wage guarantee legislation

    In order to bring Swedish law into line with Community law, the Government has proposed modifications in the legislation on wage guarantee, so that it will afford better protection for workers in case of their employer's insolvency. On 19 February, the Government presented a bill to Parliament,...
  • New sick pay legislation brings severe problems in interpretation

    Since the beginning of 1997, Swedish employers are now responsible in law to pay sick pay for 28 days instead of the previous 14. This change has caused severe interpretation problems in collective agreements on sick pay. On 19 February, Arbio, the employers' association for the forestry industry,...

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