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  • Article
    27 July 1999

    Early summer 1999 had seen a number of disputes breaking out in the transport
    sector, with commentators believing that Austria potentially faced a summer
    of disruption on the roads and in the air (AT9906150F [1]). This had failed
    to materialise by late July.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/austria-faces-summer-of-transport-disputes

  • Article
    27 July 1999

    Some 70% of chairs of company boards and 60% of managing directors, in a
    sample of 660 Swedish companies with more than 25 workers, have a positive
    attitude towards employee representatives on the boards of companies. This is
    among the findings of a survey, released on 5 July 1999, commissioned by the
    Swedish Trade Union Confederation (Landsorganisationen i Sverige, LO) and the
    Federation of Salaried Employees in Industry and Services
    (Privattjänstemannakartellen, PTK), which represents 1.2 million members of
    white-collar trade unions. The survey, entitled /The representation of
    employees on company boards/ (Anställdas representationi företagsstyrelser)
    was carried out by Klas Levinsson, a researcher at the National Institute for
    Working Life (Arbetslivsinstitutet, ALI). No larger studies on the subject
    have been conducted since the end of the 1970s.

  • Article
    27 July 1999

    In late June 1999, the Spanish central government lodged an appeal with the
    Constitutional Court against the Navarre regional government's recent law on
    the 35-hour working week, because it considers that the tax benefits arising
    from it are unconstitutional.

  • Article
    27 July 1999

    On 7 July 1999, delegations from France's five main trade union
    confederations (CFE-CGC, CFDT, CFTC, CGT and CGT-FO) met to study the
    government's recent proposal for a second law on the 35-hour working week and
    compare points of view.

  • Article
    27 July 1999

    On 14 January 1999, the central European-level social partners - the Union of
    Industrial and Employers' Confederations of Europe (UNICE), the European
    Centre of Enterprises with Public Participation and of Enterprises of General
    Economic Interest (CEEP) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) -
    reached a draft framework agreement on the rights of workers on fixed-term
    contracts [1] (EU9901147F [2]). The text was officially signed on 18 March
    1999, after ratification by the statutory bodies of the three organisations
    (EU9903162N [3]).

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/soc-dial/social/fixed_en.htm
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/social-partners-reach-draft-framework-agreement-on-fixed-term-contracts
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-sign-fixed-term-contracts-agreement

  • Article
    27 July 1999

    Magna International, one of the world's major automotive components
    manufacturers, based in Canada, and founded and owned by a 1950s Austrian
    emigrant, in 1998 acquired the Austrian Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG (SDP) for about
    ATS 4 billion. At the same time, Magna continued to expand its own Austrian
    operations. It has, by its own reckoning, so far invested ATS 11 billion in
    Austria and created 1,300 jobs while cutting 100 jobs in one of the SDP
    plants. While engineering jobs are carried out for a wide variety of
    customers, much of the manufacturing output is destined for Daimler-Chrysler.
    Recently, major orders were also received from BMW's Rover subsidiary, from
    Opel and Saab ( the two General Motors subsidiaries), and from Volkswagen.
    The latter order is expected to create another 300 jobs. Magna, however, is
    threatening to divert the investment to Hungary or Germany because it feels
    that its welcome in Austria has soured and its treatment has become unfair.

  • Article
    27 July 1999

    At the end of June 1999, trade unions and employers in private sector
    industry appointed eight impartial chairs for their forthcoming collective
    bargaining round. Under the March 1997 agreement on cooperation and pay
    regulation in the industry sector (SE9703110N [1]), such impartial chairs on
    their own initiative join the negotiations over a new collective agreement
    one month before the existing agreement is to expire and ensure that the
    negotiations end in due time. The 1997 agreement was signed by eight trade
    union federations and 12 employers' associations, representing some 10,000
    companies and 800,000 employees. The aims of the agreement include the
    conclusion of new collective agreements without any strikes or lock-outs.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/new-agreement-on-cooperation-and-bargaining-procedure-in-swedish-industry

  • Article
    27 July 1999

    The president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Sir Clive
    Thompson, has sparked controversy by warning that the much-discussed concept
    of partnership may be hiding a "damaging build-up of trade union influence".
    His remarks, made in a speech to an audience of employers on 23 June 1999,
    have been strongly criticised by union leaders and have highlighted the
    diverging interpretations placed on the idea of partnership by different
    groups of practitioners and policymakers. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has
    been actively promoting the concept of union-based partnership at work, but
    the government and employers' organisations are unwilling to accept that
    partnership arrangements necessarily require union involvement (UK9906108F
    [1]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/tucs-partnership-agenda-wins-qualified-support-from-government-and-employers

  • Article
    27 July 1999

    In July 1999, sectoral trade unions and employers' associations signed a new
    national collective agreement for Italy's banking industry. The main
    innovations in the deal concern the redefinition of the area covered by the
    agreement, the creation of a new "executive middle managers" category, the
    renewal of the industrial relations system, working time reduction and pay
    increases.

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