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  • Are trade union mergers the way forward?

    The first of the two recently-announced mergers, which is to take effect from 1 July 1997, is between the National and Provincial Building Society Staff Association (NAPSA) and the Banking, Insurance and Finance Union (BIFU). The National and Provincial Building Society was recently taken over by the Abbey National, but NAPSA members voted to become part of BIFU rather than the Abbey National's own staff association. Despite the strong support for BIFU from NAPSA members, the company has refused to recognise the union. BIFU said that "in the merger and conversion mania which is sweeping this country there is little regard for the impact on staff. They are the casualties - that's why it is important for unions to work together". BIFU, which has 115,000 members, hope that this will be the first of many mergers which will ensure it a stronger role in the financial sector.
  • Strike on the Barcelona Metro

    Recent months have seen an intensifying and unresolved dispute over pensions at Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), including 14 days of strike activity starting on 21 February 1997. This is the first time in four years that all the unions represented on the TMB workers' committee have acted jointly to claim what they understand as a right laid down in previous agreements.
  • Experimental reduction of working time at Interbrew

    In November 1996, the brewing group Interbrew, the still-expanding leader in the market, announced the ending of bottling activities at its Belle Vue Brewery in Molenbeek, an industrial district of Brussels. It meant the loss of 103 jobs out of 167 in the company's bottling section. Since then, management had been negotiating a company plan with the unions to avoid redundancies, and an original solution was eventually found and approved in a company referendum on 18 April 1997. This solution is based on the terms of a legislative measure that had been ratified on 13 March 1997, called the Vandelanotte order after the Flemish Socialist minister: it allows companies facing difficulties or restructuring to preserve jobs through a reduction of working time linked to the reduction of social security contributions over two years.
  • Social partnership takes centre stage

    May 1997 saw Unilever defending its pro-European stance to shareholders, while the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) was also signalling its willingness to work with the trade unions prior to the adoption of European Union legislation.
  • New wage agreement for the public sector

    New wage agreements were reached on 25 May 1997 covering the Norwegian state sector, the municipal sector and the municipality of Oslo. The new agreements include a voluntary early retirement scheme for the age-group from 62-63 years and moderate wage increases. The wage settlement for the public sector is therefore in line with the settlement in the private sector with regard to total wage growth.
  • Employment policy agreement in Andalucia

    On 21 April 1997, trade unions, employers' associations and the Government of Andalucia signed an /Agreement on employment policy and economic development for Andalucia/. This is the third tripartite agreement to be reached in this region. It covers a period of two years (1997-8) and involves an investment of about ESP 200 billion .
  • Towards union representation in local retail outlets ?

    In the retail and distributive sector, each type of shop - conventional department stores, retail shops, food supermarkets with at least two branches and independent retail shops - is covered by its own joint committee [1] and, depending on its type, its employees work 36, 38 or 40 hours a week, have pay differentials of between 20%- 25% and the right to be represented by a union delegation [2] or not. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/joint-committee [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/union-delegation
  • First agreement reached after labour reform

    The Spanish chemicals sector agreement signed in April 1997 takes into account the national agreement on labour market reform recently concluded by unions and employers, with respect to types of employment contract and temporary employment agencies
  • Unions fight the far Right's hijack of May Day

    The Vlaams Blok, a xenophobic and extreme right-wing Flemish nationalist party, is currently seeking legitimacy as the defender of "ordinary people". With its populist stand against immigrants and French-speakers, the party has won a large number of votes in some towns in Flanders, particularly amongst those sections of the population most badly hit by unemployment and worsening living conditions.
  • Pilots on strike at Air France

    The majority of pilots' trade unions represented in the Air France group took part in a relatively successful strike from 20-23 May 1997, protesting at the setting up of a two-tier salary system.

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