Uni-Europa Netnews, January 2002

The UNI-Europa team wishes you all the best in 2002!

Telecom Social Dialogue Training Working Group
17(superscript: th) December 2001

The working group decided to investigate on the best way to establish a
telecom database on skills, jobs, and on the existing best practice for
delivering training for these skills. It also agreed to investigate how to
make qualifications more portable. The working group will also try to find
ways, through EU funded projects, to improve diversity in the telecom
workforce. The group would also like to submit their views to the high
level task force on mobility of workers. Contact:
Neil.anderson@union-network

Planning meeting for activities in the private broadcasting sector for 2002
17(superscript: th) December 2001

EURO-MEI private broadcasting steering group set priorities for activities
in 2002. Gerry Morissey, Deputy Secretary General of UNI affiliate BECTU
chaired this planning meeting held in London on 17 December, which
generated a working programme focussing on the development of European
Works Councils and a campaign against media concentration. Several
activities are planned including a research project on media ownership in
Europe. Contact Johannes.Studinger@union-network.org

Towards further cooperation between UNI-Europa-IT sector & the European IT
Software and Services Association (EISA)
17(superscript: th) December 2001

Closer co-operation on issues of joint interest was agreed at a meeting
between the European IT Software and Services Association (EISA) and
UNI-Europa -IT. Peter Skyte, President of UNI-Europa-IT said that this was
the beginning of a longer term co-operation that eventually may lead to a
more formalised social dialogue. A concrete outcome of this first meeting
was the outline of a joint project on mobility of IT professionals in
Europe. A survey will be conducted jointly to find out how mobility of IT
professionals in Europe work and what the social partners could do to
overcome the remaining obstacle. Contact: gerd.rohde@union-network.org

Preparation for the next UNI-Europa ICT Forum
17(superscript: th) December 2001

The IT Working Group at its meeting in Amsterdam on 26-27 November
criticised IT employers for retreating to obsolete remedies by sacking
hundreds of thousands of IT professionals in an attempt to cope with the
decreasing demand for PCs and semiconductors. UNI-Europa IT President Peter
Skyte, said that he was missing the type of imagination and phantasy HR
manager had shown at the peak of the ICT skills shortage at the end of the
90s and early in the early 2000. He says: "This is not an industry in
decline, there is just a dent in the long term growth curve. By sacking
their intellectual capital now, industry is preparing for the next skill
shortage!" In the medium term it would be cheaper for employers to bench
their staff for a few month, to update their skills and have them available
when demand goes up again as is expected for second quarter of 2002. The
group also prepared for the next ICT Forum, which is now scheduled to take
place at the end of October/early November 2002. The focus will be on
mobility of IT professionals. Contact: gerd.rohde@union-network.org

Preparation of the revised Vivendi EWC agreement.
18(superscript: th) December 2001

Jackie Grant represented UNI-Europa and UNI-Europa Graphical in a second
meeting held in Paris on 18-19 December to discuss amendments to the
original Compagnie des Eaux "Instance de Dialogue Social Européen"
agreement concluded back in 1993. Chantal Weiss, CFDT-FTILAC, also
represented UNI-Europa, more specifically, UNI-Europa MEI. The negotiating
team comprises representatives of several French unions – mostly from the
environment sector, the select committee of the ISDE and a European
delegation which also includes EPSU, the ETF and the EEA. Following on from
the November meeting, discussions centered mainly on the structure,
composition and representation of the EWC. Contact:
Jackie.Grant@union-network.org

Carrefour European works council discussed European integration
20(superscript: th) December 2001[IMAGE]

The European Works Council of Carrefour spent two days discussing European
integration issues. This was a training session for the council members,
who represent workers in six European countries. Carrefour is Europe’s
largest retailer, with a strong presence also in other parts of the world.
UNI-Europa/Commerce has a well developed social dialogue with the company.
End of November 2001 an agreement was signed which confirms the right of
all Carrefour workers world-wide to join a trade union. Contact :
Jan.Furstenborg@union-network.org

The future of the financial workplace.
8(superscript: th) January 2002

20 representatives from the Danish banking sector gathered to discuss the
Future Financial Workplace in a meeting that was organised by the Financial
Services Union (FSU) in Denmark on 8 January 2002. Participants all had
very different background ? such as representatives from bank management,
consumer organisations and supervisory authorities etc. It was largely
agreed that a segregation of finance employees into «knowledge employees»
having higher/specialist education and employees without traditional
banking skills is taking place. At the same time, there are indications
that the large middle group of employees with traditional banking skills
are under pressure and will slowly disappear at the expense of the two
other groups of employees. Contact: annette.mikkelsen@union-network.org

Meeting of the telework drafting group
9(superscript: th) January 2002

The ETUC telework drafting group met on 9(superscript: th) January 2002 to
prepare the plenary meeting to take place on 16(superscript: th) and 17
(superscript: th) January. It reviewed the UNICE proposal and looked for
possible compromises. The definition of the scope of the agreement and of
its implementation will have to be thoroughly discussed and constructive
solution found. Contact Bernadette.Tesch-Segol@union.network.org

High level group on the future of Industrial relations and changes in the
European Union
10(superscript: th) January 2002

UNI-Europa regional secretary, Bernadette Tesch-Ségol met Mr José Maria
Zufiaur, member of the Hight level group on Industrial relations and
changes in the European union to present UNI-Europa comments to the draft
interim report. The report is due to be completed and presented to the
social affairs council in March 2002. Contact : Bernadette
Tesch-Segol@union-network.org

UNI-Europa Graphical 2001 collective bargaining report
14(superscript: th) January 2002

In the 2001 collective bargaining round the average annual wage increase
for graphical workers was 2.2 %. In nine countries, affiliated unions
negotiated pay increases in excess of the increase in the inflation rate.
In two countries, pay rises in excess of inflation plus national
productivity were negotiated. In six countries, however, where pay
increases were below this level, the shortfall was offset by improved
qualitative working conditions. In France and Spain, significant reductions
in working time were negotiated whilst in Italy and Sweden important
increases in paid holidays were agreed. Contact:
François.Ballestero@union-network.org

Handover of petitions to the European Central Bank
16(superscript: th) January 2002

A delegation composed of representatives of UNI-Europa/finance, the
Standing committee of European central bank unions, the European public
services union and UNI-Europa Graphical handed over to Mr. Duisenberg,
President of the European Central Bank (ECB), the 3000 petitions signed in
the central banks and print works to defend the employment of the euro
workers. The President, Mr. Duisenberg showed concerned over the situation
and said that he would put the problem to the council of governors. He
informed the union representatives that decisions regarding future
regulations of the printing of the euro will be taken in June 2002 and
suggested that this problem should be discussed during the social dialogue
meeting in May 2002. The trade union delegation insisted on the need to
receive all information before the social dialogue meeting in May 2002.
Contact : François.Ballestero@union-network.org or
Christine.Asmussen@union-network.org