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  • Article
    25 September 2003

    Since the early 1990s, the once strategically important Polish armaments
    industry entered a period of decline, faced with shrinking domestic demand,
    the loss of export markets, technological backwardness and excess employment,
    along with only limited restructuring. However, the social partners and
    government have cooperated successfully in tripartite efforts to manage the
    reduction and restructuring of employment in the sector. In 2003 a number of
    developments, such as new orders and an 'offset' programme accompanying the
    purchase of new planes for the Polish air force, indicate that the future
    prospects of the arms industry may be somewhat brighter.

  • Article
    25 September 2003

    In August 2003, a law was passed in Greece which provides for public sector
    organisations to recruit unemployed people and other groups in a difficult
    labour market position on part-time, fixed-term contracts in order to provide
    certain social services, such as home care. The legislation has been
    criticised by the Confederation of Public Servants (ADEDY).

  • Article
    25 September 2003

    In July 2003, the Greek Corps of Labour Inspectors (SEPE) issued its annual
    progress report for 2002. It finds an increasing use of overtime, despite
    recent legislation aimed at reducing it, and of flexible forms of employment,
    such as part-time work. With regard to accidents at work, the overall number
    has risen, but there has been a small decrease in fatal accidents .

  • Article
    25 September 2003

    On 14 September 2003, Sweden held a referendum on whether the country should
    join the euro single currency. All political parties had ended their
    campaigns before the date of the referendum following the murder a few days
    earlier of the Foreign Minister, Anna Lindh, an event which had left the
    nation in shock. The government stressed the importance of all citizens
    voting in the poll, in the circumstances, and the turn-out proved to be 82.1%
    of those entitled to vote. Only in 1994, when the Swedes voted to join the
    European Union, had the turn-out in a referendum been higher, at 83.3%.

  • Article
    24 September 2003

    The Ministry of Labour's report on collective bargaining in France in 2002,
    published in June 2003, finds that there was general stability in the number
    of agreements concluded. There was a slight increase in the amount of
    intersectoral bargaining, while a rise in the number of national-level
    sectoral agreements was offset by a decline in sectoral bargaining at
    subnational level. With regard to company-level bargaining, changes in the
    data-collection methods make comparison with previous years virtually
    impossible.

  • Article
    24 September 2003

    A major law on pension reform was finally passed by the French parliament on
    24 July 2003, after lengthy debate in both houses. Although the majority of
    the government's bill - which included changes agreed with a number of trade
    unions - was retained, many amendments were made. Opposition to the law
    remains strong among unions and the political opposition.

  • Article
    24 September 2003

    In autumn 2003, an economic downturn has led to stagnation in the French
    labour market and an upswing in unemployment, which is nearing 10%. Job
    losses are increasing as bankruptcies and redundancy plans become commonplace
    throughout much of the economy, with some regions particularly hard hit.

  • Article
    24 September 2003

    Belgium's next round of four-yearly 'social elections' of employee
    representatives on works councils and committees for prevention and
    protection at the workplace will take place in May 2004. This article sets
    out the election timetable and procedure and examines a number of changes
    made since the last elections in 2000 .

  • Article
    22 September 2003

    In July 2003, the Collective Agreement Archive (Tarifarchiv) of the Institute
    for Economic and Social Research (Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliches
    Institut, WSI) within the Hans Böckler Foundation published its interim
    report on the 2003 collective bargaining round [1]- WSI publishes such
    interim reports every year (DE0207203F [2]). The study evaluates all
    collective agreements concluded by trade unions affiliated to the
    Confederation of German Trade Unions (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB) in
    the first half of 2003. These collective agreements cover 3.6 million
    employees, or 17% of all employees covered by collective agreements. However,
    many sectors - such as metalworking, banking, construction and the postal
    service - do not have a pay bargaining round in 2003 because collective
    agreements concluded in 2002 already fixed pay increases for 2003.

    [1] http://www.boeckler.de/pdf/p_ta_hjb_2003.pdf
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/interim-report-on-2002-collective-bargaining-round

  • Article
    22 September 2003

    On 11 August 2003, the Minister for Labour Affairs, Frank Fahey, published a
    consultation paper [1] on how the EU information and consultation Directive
    (2002/14/EC) [2] (EU0204207F [3]) should be transposed into Irish law.
    Interested parties had until 24 September 2003 to make submissions to the
    government, which intends to publish an Information and Consultation of
    Employees Bill in the summer of 2004, with a view to enactment by March 2005.
    This is the transposition deadline set by the Directive, though there are
    transitional arrangements for Member States, such as Ireland, currently
    without 'general, permanent and statutory' information and consultation
    systems, allowing these countries to phase in the application of the
    Directive to smaller undertakings up to March 2008

    [1] http://www.entemp.ie/erir/constrans03.pdf
    [2] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32002L0014&model=guichett
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/final-approval-given-to-consultation-directive

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