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  • Article
    20 Dezember 2006

    Over 90% of Irish workers are satisfied with their job, although 82% believe
    that they work very hard and 72% find their job stressful at least some of
    the time. One in five employees works part time and a similar proportion is
    involved in pay-related performance schemes. These are among the findings of
    the employee part of a survey published by the Forum on the Workplace of the
    Future. Set up in 2003, the Forum commissioned surveys on the views and
    experiences of Irish employers and employees on the changing workplace in the
    private and public sectors. Employers in the private sector said that the
    most intense pressures for change were cost-based, and the most common
    response to such pressures was product innovation and marketing. Management
    in the public sector cited new technologies and equality and diversity in the
    workplace among the greatest internal pressures for change; external factors
    included budget constraints. Staff training and development were identified
    as the best response to such pressures. Overall, the study concludes that
    staff involvement is crucial in gaining the support of employees for change.

  • Article
    20 Dezember 2006

    In September 2006, in one of its regular surveys, the Public Opinion Research
    Centre (Centrum pro výzkum verejného mínení, CVVM [1]) of the Institute
    of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Sociologický
    ústav Akademie ved Ceské republiky, SoU AV CR [2]) focused in more detail
    on the topic of job satisfaction. Each of the 516 economically active
    respondents, was asked the following question: ‘How satisfied are you with
    your current job?’

    [1] http://www.cvvm.cas.cz/index.php?lang=1
    [2] http://www.soc.cas.cz/info/en/1/About-the-Institute.html

  • Article
    20 Dezember 2006

    The Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour (Bundesministerium für
    Wirtschaft und Arbeit, BMWA [1]) commissioned a study on the so-called
    ‘new’ self-employed in Austria. In February 2005, BMWA published the
    research results in the final report Neue Selbstständige in Österreich (in
    German, 1.65Mb PDF) [2]. In contrast to the ‘old’ self-employed, the
    ‘new’ self-employed are not members of the Austrian Federal Chamber of
    Economy (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, WKO [3]) and do not possess a trade
    licence. Freelance workers, such as journalists, artists, veterinarians and
    dentists, also form part of the group of new self-employed people. In
    general, new self-employed people conclude work or service contracts with
    their clients, under which they are paid for a specific job or service.

    [1] http://www.bmwa.gv.at/BMWA/default.htm
    [2] http://www.bmwa.gv.at/NR/rdonlyres/75D72998-3404-4134-B2EF-DDEC13FDDCAE/0/NeueSelbststaendige.pdf
    [3] http://portal.wko.at/wk/startseite.wk

  • Article
    20 Dezember 2006

    The National Thematic Network on reconciliation of family and working life
    was set up in 2003 for the purpose of highlighting good practice developed
    after completion of national projects financed under the European
    Commission’s EQUAL Initiative [1]. The network aimed to further disseminate
    these practices to international organisations and agencies, and relate them
    directly to European developments.

    [1] http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/equal/index_en.cfm

  • Article
    18 Dezember 2006

    The government has initiated two programmes which support public sector
    employees facing dismissal: the revised ‘Premium Years Programme’
    (*HU0507102F* [1]) and the ‘special employment status’. Both schemes may
    be accessed on the basis of an individual agreement between the employer and
    employee, which may be concluded between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2007.
    Employees participating in these programmes receive 70% of their former
    salaries, covered by a central budget together with taxes and social
    insurance contributions on their wages.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/pre-pension-programme-extended-to-private-sector

  • Article
    18 Dezember 2006

    Many of the young generation in Denmark today have no precise knowledge of
    the nature of an unemployment insurance fund. They confuse unemployment
    insurance funds with trade unions or with the social assistance system of the
    municipalities. Furthermore, young people have widely varying attitudes to
    unemployment insurance funds and different reasons for taking up membership
    or not.

  • Article
    18 Dezember 2006

    The social partners have long called for a single status for all wage earners
    in the private sector, and the Tripartite Coordinating Committee (Comité de
    coordination tripartite) finally adopted the principle on 28 April 2006. The
    key aim of the project is to merge the status of blue-collar and white-collar
    workers in the private sector in order to represent them within one system.
    The Luxembourg Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (Onofhängege
    Gewerkschaftsbond Lëtzebuerg, OGB-L [1]) and two employer groups, the Union
    of Luxembourg Enterprises (Union des entreprises Luxembourgeoises, UEL [2])
    and the Federation of Artisans (Fédération des Artisans [3]), agree that
    convergence must go beyond merely extending the system for employees to
    manual workers.

    [1] http://www.ogbl.lu/
    [2] http://www.uel.lu/
    [3] http://www.federation-des-artisans.lu/

  • Article
    18 Dezember 2006

    The first office of the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organisation (Arbeids-
    og velferdsforvaltningen, NAV [1]) was officially opened on 2 November 2006,
    marking the start of the largest social welfare reform ever undertaken in
    Norway. The so-called NAV reform entails the merger of employment, national
    insurance and social security services into one single organisation, known as
    NAV. The main purpose of the reform has been to coordinate front-line
    services of all three public services at local level.

    [1] http://www.nav.no/page?id=1073744140

  • Article
    18 Dezember 2006

    In Belgium, a total of 270,000 people receive social security [1] benefits,
    which consist of different financial support systems for those who are
    retired and unemployed, as well as for the victims of industrial accidents or
    illness. In order to preserve the nature of the Belgian social security
    system, these allowances should represent a significant proportion of the
    average wage. At present, this is not the case because the automatic
    indexation is not high enough to fill the gap between allowances and wages
    (*BE0202308F* [2]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/social-security
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/debate-resurfaces-on-automatic-pay-indexation