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  • Article
    27 May 1997

    In a previous EIRO review of the industrial relations consequences of the new
    Labour Government (UK9704125F [1]) it was suggested that it was unlikely that
    the Government would produce an all-embracing employment bill in its first
    term of office, and this has proved correct. However, the social partners
    were still relatively pleased with announcements made on measures to tackle
    unemployment and low pay.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-labour-market/the-industrial-relations-consequences-of-the-new-labour-government

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    A recent study published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and
    Development (OECD) on the Belgian labour market and social climate has
    recommended drastic changes to the country's institutional and socio-economic
    structure. The most notable recommendations include a plea for greater
    flexibility, less government intervention in industrial relations, lower
    unemployment benefits, abolition of the indexation of pay to consumer prices
    and easier procedures for recruitment and especially dismissal. In summary,
    it may be said that the OECD largely advises Belgium to adopt the "American
    model". This study was to a certain extent reinforced by a report from
    European Commissioner Yves-Thibault de Silguy who also pleads for higher wage
    differentials, lower employment costs and greater flexibility. Both studies
    also stress the importance of low labour costs and high returns on
    investment.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    On 29 April 1997, the management and works council at Mohn GmbH, a subsidiary
    of one of Germany's biggest media corporations, Bertelsmann, signed a works
    agreement [1]- known as the "Pact for partnership 1997" - for the 1,700 or so
    employees at the Mohn printing works in Gütersloh.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/works-agreement-0

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    The Finnish Confederation of Salaried Employees (STTK) has recently begun
    discussions about the next incomes policy agreement by proposing a reduction
    in working time.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    A recent collective agreement signed at Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM) provides
    for the development of social dialogue and workers' participation, through
    information and discussion on industrial policies and joint decision-making
    on vocational training.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    At the beginning of May 1997, the State Prosecutor's consultative committee
    issued a report questioning the legality of the provision of a state
    guarantee for a bank loan made to the General Workers' Union (União Geral
    dos Trabalhadores, UGT). A final decision on whether to take legal action to
    ascertain the legality of the action is now expected from the State
    Prosecutor.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    On 30 April 1997 the Ring of Free Labour (Ring Freiheitlicher Arbeitnehmer,
    RFA), a group affiliated with the Austrian Freedom Party (Freiheitliche
    Partei Österreichs, FPÖ), held its federal congress. One of the points of
    debate was whether to develop into a trade union outside the Austrian Trade
    Union Federation (Österreichische Gewerkschaftsbund, ÖGB). Since 1945 there
    have been no trade unions outside the ÖGB. The debate was triggered by the
    RFA's failure to achieve caucus status in the ÖGB. The minimum requirement
    of at least four affiliated works council members in each of at least three
    trade unions has not been met.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    The importance of continuing vocational education is increasingly being
    recognised by policy-makers across the European Union, not only because of
    its positive impact on maintaining the competitiveness of enterprises, but
    also because of its potential contribution to the free movement of labour and
    the improvement of employment prospects. This is particularly important in
    the context of the evolving "information society". The Commission has given
    particular emphasis and resources to continuing training through its
    vocational training programme, LEONARDO, and in declaring 1996 the European
    Year of Lifelong Learning.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    Part-time workers have traditionally not been allowed into the same
    occupational pension schemes as full-time workers, but because there are far
    more women than men among part-timers the practice was challenged on the
    grounds of sex discrimination through the European Court of Justice (ECJ). In
    1994, the ECJ ruled in a set of linked cases that the practice did amount to
    sex discrimination. The judgment was not welcomed by the then Conservative
    Government, so the Trades Union Congress (TUC) advised qualifying individuals
    that they should register their cases with industrial tribunals. After a
    number of test cases in the UK tribunals, it was ruled that part-timers who
    had been denied access to occupational pension schemes could not claim
    backdated pension rights any further back that two years prior to the ECJ's
    ruling - that is, 1992. After appeals were turned down, the cases are still
    waiting to be heard by the House of Lords.

  • Article
    27 May 1997

    Two separate committees - a group of professors appointed by the Government
    and a committee of economists from the Finnish social partners - published
    reports in early May 1997 on the industrial relations implications of EU
    Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) for Finland The social partners themselves
    have adopted a joint declaration on EMU membership.

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