van het Kaar, Robbert
Thematic feature - works councils and other workplace employee representation and participation structures
24 October 2003
The issue of works councils and similar workplace employee representation and participation structures is topical at present, with the EU Member States required to implement the recent Directive (2002/14/EC)  establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees in the European Community (EU0204207F ) by March 2005 (though countries which currently have no 'general, permanent and statutory' system of information and consultation or employee representation may phase in the Directive's application to smaller firms up until 2008). The Directive applies to undertakings with at least 50 employees or establishments with at least 20 employees (the choice is left to the Member States). It provides employees with the following rights to information and consultation:  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32002L0014&model=guichett  www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/final-approval-given-to-consultation-directive
21 July 2003
EU Directive 96/71/EC concerning the posting of workers in the framework of the provision of services  seeks to avoid 'social dumping' by ensuring that a minimum set of rights is guaranteed for workers posted by their employer to work in another country. The basic principle is that the working conditions and pay in effect in a Member State should be applicable both to workers from that State, and those from other EU countries posted to work there. The Directive covers undertakings established in a Member State, which, in the framework of the transnational provision of services, post workers to the territory of another Member State.  http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=31996L0071&model=guichett
08 April 2003
As the Netherlands' 2003 collective bargaining gets under way, the issue of occupational pensions has been prominent in negotiations, notably in the light engineering industry and at the Philips electronics group.
11 February 2003
The Dutch parliamentary elections held in January 2003 resulted in victory for the established political parties. The social partners have expressed their wishes with regard to future government policy to the 'informateur' charged with exploring the options for forming a new coalition government.
02 February 2003
In July 2002, new regulations came into force in the Netherlands to protect employees during the transfer of undertakings, implementing recent changes in EU law. The most important changes pertain to the transfer of pension schemes and transfers after bankruptcy. Problems with transfers in the Netherlands mainly occur in public transport at present.
17 December 2002
After several years of prosperity, the Dutch economy seems to have run into difficulties in late 2002, falling behind the rest of the EU in indicators such as growth. To address the problems, there have been calls to revert to the familiar recipe of wage moderation but, increasingly, the focus appears to be on the lagging labour productivity and innovative power of the Dutch economy.
20 November 2002
In 2002, the basic legislative framework for collective bargaining is 75 years' old, and the relevant laws have changed little over this period. However, certain provisions of the legislation - notably on extending collective agreements to non-signatory employer, and on applying agreements to non-union employees - are increasing under debate.
23 September 2002
The limited number of strikes in the Netherlands goes hand in hand with a relatively high number of court cases, as indicated by this feature, which examines statistics on strikes in 2001 and relevant case law in 2001 and the first half of 2002. In August 2002, the Council of Europe criticised the high level of court intervention in strikes in the Netherlands.
10 September 2002
In August 2002, a Dutch court made a controversial ruling, in interim injunction proceedings brought by trade unions, allowing more lenient dismissal rules which apply to temporary employment agencies to be applied by an information and communications technology (ICT) company, CMG, which seconds workers to other firms.
18 April 2002
The present government, consisting of the social democratic Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid, PvdA), the liberal Party for Freedom and Democracy (Vereniging voor Vrijheid en Democratie, VVD) and the social liberalDemocraten 66 (D66), was in 2001 in its last full year in office. General elections will be held in May 2002.