On 13 October 1999, the European Commission adopted a draft Communication
(COM (1999) 476 final)  to the EU Member States on a new
anti-discrimination initiative - EQUAL. The initiative aims to combat labour
market discrimination based on gender, race, ethnic origin, disability, age,
sexual orientation and low qualifications, and has been launched within the
framework of the European employment strategy, which is assessed by the
Commission each year (EU9909187F ).
On 2-3 September 1999, the European Trade Union Federation - Textiles
Clothing and Leather (ETUF-TCL) adopted guidelines on collective bargaining
coordination, in the form of an internal sectoral protocol. The guidelines
constitute the latest step towards the promotion of social dialogue and the
coordination of collective bargaining policy in the sectors covered by
ETUF-TCL. European-level social dialogue in these sectors has so far resulted
in developments such as a code of conduct on minimum human rights at work
(EU9709150N ) and a charter on child labour (EU9810131F ).