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  • Article
    27 April 1997

    The Belgian Defence Minister, Jean-Pol Poncelet, has announced measures that
    will prompt far-reaching changes in the personnel structure of the Belgian
    armed forces, covering the army, navy and airforce. The policy directly or
    indirectly affects about 40,000 military personnel. Mr Poncelet's plans are
    innovative and rather unusual for the armed forces, which are not normally
    known for their swift changes in organisational structure and personnel
    management. The Minister feels, however, that the armed forces should not be
    exempt from moves towards greater flexibility, currently a prominent theme in
    labour negotiations in Belgium. Moreover, changes in the armed forces can
    serve as an example for other sectors of the Belgian economy.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    In March 1997, the social partners in Italy's leather and suede sector agreed
    a code of conduct providing for the application of International Labour
    Organisation (ILO) Conventions on the rights of workers and the employment of
    minors.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    On 1 April 1997, the whole air transport sector, including cabotage(domestic
    flights within other member states), was officially opened to EC-wide
    competition. Cabotageno longer has to be the continuation of a flight
    originating outside a particular country. So nothing now remains of Air
    Inter's monopoly in France, which had already been severely challenged by the
    European Commission in 1994, following a complaint from TAT, now one of
    British Airways' French subsidiaries.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    Based on the so-called Dual System (of Vocational Training) [1] (Duales
    System), practical vocational training [2] in Germany is given at work in the
    participating employer's establishment, backed up by statutory theoretical
    training and general education provided in vocational training school [3] s.
    The characteristic feature of the system is that the provision of knowledge
    and skills is linked to the acquisition of the required job experience.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/dual-system-of-vocational-training-0
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/vocational-training-2
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/vocational-training-school

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    With 270,000 persons either on early retirement, unemployed or otherwise
    excluded from the labour market, theSocial Democrat-led Government is anxious
    to involve the social partners in producing workable alternatives for job
    creation for these groups of workers, rather than simply paying lip-service
    to the idea. In the 1995 collective bargaining round, the social partners
    were invited to elaborate on social clauses in their collective agreements.
    Accordingly, 90% of the bargaining units in the are covered by the LO trade
    union confederation and DA employers' confederation agreed on what have
    become known as "Social Chapters", which contain framework provisions on job
    creation on special terms of employment - ie, content of work, working hours
    and pay - to be negotiated and elaborated upon at local and company level.
    Similarly, the bargaining parties in government employment agreed on Social
    Chapters in their 1995 collective agreements. Employees in local government
    at regional and municipal level were also covered by a framework agreement
    negotiated in May 1996.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    After three months' bargaining, the annual revision of the national
    collective agreement covering banks and other credit institutions was
    concluded in April 1997. It is the first collective agreement in Portugal to
    grant five weeks' paid holidays, and also increases pay and improves
    maternity and paternity provisions

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    It emerged in April 1997 that the former president of the Irish Congress of
    Trade Unions (ICTU), Phil Flynn, is expected to play a key role in the new
    "partnership-based" industrial relations structure currently being drawn up
    between management and unions at Ireland's state-owned airline, Aer Lingus.
    Over 4,000 workers are employed by the airline and a further 1,600 by its
    maintenance subsidiary, TEAM.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    April 1997 was a very good month for securing the future of British car
    plants. The Ford Halewood plant on Merseyside and the Peugeot Ryton plant in
    Coventry have both secured the production of new vehicles into the next
    century. The future of Rover's Longbridge plant is in the balance while an
    announcement is delayed over whether a new model /Mini/ will be produced.

  • Article
    27 April 1997

    In March 1997, Guardian Europe SA, signed its first-ever collective agreement
    for blue-collar workers. The deal provides for pay increases, while its
    provisions on other terms and conditions largely mirror statutory provisions.

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