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  • Early elections - no respite for the unions

    The President of the French Republic's decision to dissolve the National Assembly and to call early legislative elections in May-June 1997 has prompted numerous reactions from the unions, which fear the beginning of a shift towards liberal economic policies.
  • Trade union launches image and recruitment campaign

    HK, the largest affiliated trade union of the Danish Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), with 357,000 members, has launched a two-month image and recruitment campaign. DKK 4 million will be spent on newspaper advertisements and bill boards, which will be followed up by local initiatives. The campaign will aim to improve recruitment and visibility, initiate debates on objectives, and explain the utility value of being a member.
  • Protests against possible redundancies in the Ericsson group

    At the end of March 1997, Ericsson Telecom (part of the Swedish Ericsson Group) workers in Norrköping learned that their employer had made a preliminary agreement with two US companies, SCI Systems and Solectron, to sell the production of printed circuit cards part of the business. The company wanted the sale to take place before the summer.
  • Last wages council sets minimum wage of over GBP 4.00 per hour

    A new pay award announced in April by the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) for England and Wales after two days of talks, gives farm workers a minimum wage of GBP 4.12 per hour. The AWB is the only wages council - setting statutory minimum pay rates for a particular sector - left in the UK after the rest were abolished in 1993 (UK9703112F [1]). When the Conservative Government was originally looking at abolishing the wages councils in 1986, the proposal was delayed because employers were not in favour of them being abolished, as they at least set some minimum floor of standards with which employers could work. The case for this was made most strongly by agricultural employers, and this was why the AWB was left in place after 1993. [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/a-national-minimum-wage-who-what-and-why
  • Government proposes economic measures to reduce unemployment

    In its bill, presented to Parliament on 15 April 1997, the Government states that the policy of austerity which has been in operation for last few years has been so successful that it is now possible to focus more on its most important goal - to halve the rate of unemployment to 4% before 2000.
  • Commission to bring infringement proceedings against three member states

    Padraig Flynn, the commissioner responsible for employment, industrial relations and social affairs, announced on 3 April 1997 that the Commission is to take infringement proceedings against three member states for their failure to apply certain Community legislation in the social field. Reasoned opinions outlining the Commission's view are to be sent to France, Italy and Greece. The details of the cases are as follows:
  • New-style package agreed at Deutsche Telekom AG

    On 9 April 1997, the telecommunication conglomerate Deutsche Telekom AG and the Deutsche Postgewerkschaft (DPG) postal workers' union signed a package of enterprise-level collective agreements for the employees at the Telekom subsidiary Deutsche Telekom Mobilnet GmbH (DeTeMobil). After five months of negotiations, this package represents the first such collective agreement in the mobile telephony industry since the beginning of the step-by-step liberalisation of the telecommunications sector.
  • New pay agreement for workers in the Swedish timber industry

    Some 25,000 blue-collar workers are covered by the agreement between the Employers' Association of the Swedish Wood Products Industry and the Swedish Wood Industry Workers' Union, reached on 4 April 1997. All employees receive across-the-board minimum pay increases of SEK 1 per hour. In addition, the local parties have SEK 0.95 an hour per worker at their disposal to allocate on an individual basis. The settlement represents an overall increase in pay of 3.1%.
  • ETUC organises European Day of Action for Employment

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) has published more information about the activities to be launched as part of its "European Day of Action for Employment", to take place all across the EU as well as in some Central and Eastern European countries on 28 May 1997.
  • Code of conduct signed to combat illegal work

    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.

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