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  • Newsletter
    24 December 2004

    Communiqué: special issue on the Foundation Forum 2004 dealing with the issue of work-life balance.

  • Article
    22 December 2004

    The survey was compiled as part of a study, Older workers: Public policies
    and company practices (2.72Mb PDF; in Portuguese) [1] (Trabalhadores mais
    velhos: políticas públicas e práticas empresariais), and published in 2003
    by the Ministry for Social Security and Labour [2] (Ministério da Segurança
    Social e do Trabalho). It aims to contribute to the debate on active ageing
    which is currently taking place in Portugal.

    [1] http://www.dgct.mts.gov.pt/doc_emprego/estudo_01.pdf
    [2] http://www.dgct.mts.gov.pt/

  • Article
    21 December 2004

    The Labour Relations Commission, one of Ireland’s main dispute-resolution
    bodies, organised a high-level symposium in Dublin on 11 November 2004
    entitled 'Meeting the challenge of change: Irish labour market issues in a
    global economy'. The aim was to bring together policy-makers and
    practitioners to debate the major issues facing Irish industrial relations in
    future. The event drew a range of participants from business, trade unions,
    politics and the various labour market and industrial relations institutions.
    The keynote address was given by the Prime Minister (Taoiseach), Bertie
    Ahern, who commented that there are now 25 Acts relating to employment rights
    and industrial relations, and eight bodies charged with enforcing these
    rights. According to Mr Ahern, 'whatever chance practitioners have of
    navigating their way around this maze, the average citizen has very little'.

  • Article
    21 December 2004

    On 8 December 2004, management representatives of General Motors Europe (GME)
    and the GM European Employee Forum (EEF) - ie the company's European Works
    Council - signed a European framework agreement on restructuring and
    cost-cutting- a process which will mean around 12,000 jobs being lost at the
    motor-manufacturing company’s European sites. The US-based General Motors
    (GM) had declared that it was imperative to implement these job cuts against
    the background of considerable losses incurred by its European subsidiaries.
    A cost-cutting programme resulting in savings of at least EUR 500 million a
    year by 2006 had to implemented in order to improve GM’s competitiveness in
    the European car market.

  • Article
    21 December 2004

    In mid-November 2004, a report [1] compiled by a special commission on
    Germany's system of co-determination [2], which had been trailed for several
    months (DE0408106F [3] and DE0411204F [4]), was finally published and
    presented formally at an annual employers' conference. Its contents had been
    reported in the press on 10 November.

    [1] http://www.bda-online.de/www/bdaonline.nsf/id/6AD8EEDEAFC84840C1256F4F002C5113
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/co-determination-2
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/board-level-employee-representation-under-debate
    [4] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/survey-finds-widespread-support-for-board-level-co-determination

  • Article
    20 December 2004

    The report on Working time in 2003 (2.1MB pdf file; in German) [1] by the
    Institut zur Erforschung sozialer Chancen (ISO) [2] updates previous survey
    findings. The new survey, conducted between July and October 2003, includes
    in its analysis characteristics of work, work organisation and strain.

    [1] http://www.arbeitszeiten.nrw.de/pdf/AZ2003.PDF
    [2] http://www.iso-koeln.de/index.html

  • Article
    19 December 2004

    On 17 September 2004, senior management at the Ford-owned prestige car
    manufacturer Jaguar informed trade union representatives of the closure of
    one of the company’s three manufacturing sites. Production at the Browns
    Lane plant in Coventry would cease in the summer of 2005, with assembly work
    transferred to Jaguar’s operations in Castle Bromwich, near Birmingham.

  • Article
    19 December 2004

    In September 2004, the annual conference of the Trades Union Congress (TUC)
    carried a resolution [1] on fairness at work calling for amendments to the
    Employment Relations Act 1999 [2] to extend the statutory trade union
    recognition procedure to smaller firms. The recognition provisions include a
    'small firms threshold' and do not apply to employers with fewer than 21
    workers. The TUC has also expressed regret about the exclusion of
    undertakings with under 50 employees from the forthcoming Information and
    Consultation of Employees Regulations (UK0407104F [3]), which are to
    transpose the 2002 EU information and consultation Directive (2002/14/EC [4])
    (EU0204207F [5]) into UK law.

    [1] http://www.tuc.org.uk/congress/tuc-8597-f0.cfm?theme=congress2004
    [2] http://www.hmso.gov.uk/acts/acts1999/19990026.htm
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/government-revises-draft-information-and-consultation-regulations
    [4] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32002L0014&model=guichett
    [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/final-approval-given-to-consultation-directive

  • Article
    19 December 2004

    In November 200,4 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched a new
    initiative to help employers tackle the problem of work-related stress. The
    HSE defines stress as 'the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure
    or other types of demand placed on them'. The HSE argues that stress
    undermines performance and is costly to employers, as well as making people
    ill.

  • Article
    19 December 2004

    Following extensive debate in Finland over the relocation of jobs abroad, the
    Prime Minister’s office launched a project entitled 'Finland in the global
    economy' in January 2004. The aim was to bring together experts in various
    fields and important political actors, including the social partners, to
    explore how the competitiveness of Finnish production and work can be
    ensured. The work was carried out at three main levels: first, economic
    research institutes produced various background reports; second, the social
    partners engaged in sector-specific dialogue; and third, a steering group
    synthesised the work and drew up conclusions.