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  • Positions of Italian social partners on WTO

    The World Trade Organisation (WTO) held its fourth interministerial meeting in Doha in November 2001, and the Italian social partners took the opportunity to express their views on the WTO's role. According to the Confindustria employers' confederation, the role of the WTO as a body regulating world trade should be strengthened. The Italian trade union confederations are highly critical of the fact that the WTO does not concern itself with social matters.
  • Social partners set out future shape of social dialogue

    The European social dialogue process has come a long way since the launch of the so-called 'Val Duchesse' process by the then European Commission president, Jacques Delors, in 1985. The social dialogue process at intersectoral level (EU0001224F [1]) has produced a wealth of joint texts, including three agreements which have been given legal force by a Council Directive - on parental leave [2] in 1995, part-time work [3] in 1997 (EU9706131F [4]) and fixed-term work [5] in 1999 (EU9901147F [6]). The most recent attempt by the central social partners to conclude an agreement, on the issue of temporary agency work, failed in May 2001 (EU0106215N [7]). However, the process is still very much alive, as witnessed by the current negotiations over a voluntary agreement on the subject of teleworking (EU0111102N [8]), in addition to a range of negotiations on other subjects such as lifelong learning, which will in all probability result in joint texts or recommendations rather than framework agreements. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/industrial-relations-undefined/divergent-views-on-future-role-of-social-dialogue [2] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31996L0034&model=guichett [3] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31997L0081&model=guichett [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/social-partners-reach-framework-agreement-on-part-time-work [5] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/soc-dial/social/fixed_en.htm [6] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-working-conditions/social-partners-reach-draft-framework-agreement-on-fixed-term-contracts [7] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/temporary-agency-work-talks-break-down [8] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/social-partners-begin-teleworking-talks
  • Planned restructuring of DTI angers unions

    The UK's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is to undergo a radical and controversial overhaul that looks set to give leading business executives a key role in the formulation of strategy.
  • National Bank of Greece to merge with Alpha Bank

    In November 2001, two Greek banks - the National Bank of Greece and Alpha Bank - announced their decision to merge. The two banks have given a commitment that no staff will be dismissed due to the merger. Trade unions have called for the protection of employment and workers' labour rights in the merger process.
  • Agreement on workforce renewal and employment signed at SEAT

    In November 2001, management and trade unions at the Spanish motor manufacturer SEAT concluded an agreement aimed at renewing the company's workforce through pre-retirement for workers over the age of 60 and the recruitment of young workers. The measures will potentially affect 7,000 employees.
  • Working conditions in atypical work

    A leaflet summarising Foundation research into different forms of atypical work such as non-permanent; temporary agency; part-time and self employment.
  • Kværner to merge with Aker Maritime

    On 28 November 2001, an agreement was reached between the board of the ailing Norwegian engineering and construction group Kværner and its largest shareholder, Aker Maritime, on a financial solution to save the company (NO0110106N [1]). Following intense negotiations, the board agreed to a controversial proposal put forward by Aker's majority owner, the Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Røkke, which stipulates that Kværner and Aker will merge, while fresh and desperately-needed capital will be made available via share issues. The proposed merger is to occur in March 2002, although it still requires approval by a second shareholders' meeting to be held on 19 December, as well as by the Norwegian authorities and the European Commission. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/kvrner-struggling-to-survive
  • Agreement reached in social and care sector

    In November 2001, following various protest actions by workers, a new collective agreement was concluded for Luxembourg's social and care sector. The deal provides for backdated pay rises of approximately 7% for the sector's 5,000 employees, aligning their pay rates with those of state employees.
  • Sickness insurance contributions cut and benefits increased

    The healthy financial state of Luxembourg's sickness insurance scheme meant that the November 2001 general meeting of the Union of Sickness Funds was able to lower contributions, increase the reimbursement rate for medical treatment and reduce patients' contributions to hospital expenses.
  • Agreement on employment of people with disabilities in civil service

    In October 2001, France's civil service minister and five trade unions signed a protocol agreement on the employment of people with disabilities in the central government civil service, with the aim of reaching a 6% quota set by 1987 legislation on the issue.

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