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  • Unions test business closure law

    In 2006, a Norwegian paper and pulp company closed down one of its profitable manufacturing plants. The main reason for the closure, according to the company, was over-production in the pulp and paper market. Shutting down the plant was seen as a way of alleviating the pressure in the market, and the owners therefore did not want to sell to anyone else. As a consequence, 380 people lost their jobs.
  • General strike against the latest austerity measures

    On 26 September 2012, Greek workers held their first major anti-austerity strike since the coalition government took power in June. The 24-hour general strike was backed by the country’s biggest private sector union, the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE [1]), and the Greek Civil Servants’ Confederation (ADEDY [2]). [1] [2]
  • Employment rights system to be streamlined

    The impetus for creating a new, streamlined industrial relations dispute resolution and employment rights structure in Ireland came from the need to address the existing ‘outdated, complex and inefficient system’. Problems with the system meant there could be delays of up to two years for a hearing to be scheduled, according to Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton.
  • Government cuts health and safety inspections

    The coalition Conservative-Liberal Democrat government announced in September 2012 that it was to cut health and safety inspections of low and medium risk sites. Environmental health officers will no longer carry out routine inspections of low-risk businesses and assist in resolving minor breaches. The proposals will reduce the number of annual health and safety inspections by 11,000.
  • Radical reform of public sector employment

    Public sector reforms in Greece started long before the country’s first bailout package in the spring of 2010. Before the conclusion of the first loan agreement, reform of employment relations for workers in central government and the broader public sector was implemented through a series of statutory interventions.
  • Industrial relations and working conditions developments in Europe 2011

    This annual review describes the developments in industrial relations and working conditions in 2011 in the EU Member States and Norway, at both national and EU level, with a focus on the economic situation and responses to it. The report describes the current economic situation in EU Member States and highlights relevant political and legislative developments in individual countries. It describes labour market trends in Europe and developments in career and employment security, health and well-being at work, skills development and work–life balance. It also examines changes in the organisation and role of social partners, developments in collective bargaining (at cross-sectoral, sectoral and company levels), working time, pay developments, social dialogue developments, industrial conflicts and company restructuring in 2011. At European level, the report summarises the main events over the course of 2011, charting trends in European social policy, employment legislation and social dialogue.
  • Hungary: Young people and effects of education on employability

    This survey data report summarises recent labour market changes for young workers in Hungary, based on the regular and representative Labour Force Survey carried out by the Hungarian Central Statistical Offices (KSH). Every two to four years an extended survey is carried out to discover how youth education, employability and career opportunities have changed in comparison to the previous survey. It also provides some information about labour market experiences. The first part of this report discusses the general problems faced by young people of working age. The second part outlines the effects of recent economic and social changes on the transition of young people from education to the labour market, and describes the characteristics of youth employment.
  • Sustainable work and the ageing workforce

    Achieving work environments that make work sustainable over a lifetime is a key facet of the promotion of longer working lives. This study - based on the fifth European Working Conditions Survey - considers the dimensions of work that have proved essential to the understanding of work sustainability: working conditions; physical and psychological health; the expressive dimension of work; reconciliation of working and non-working time; and socioeconomic conditions. It examines the influence of these factors on how older workers perceive the sustainability of their work, taking account of differences between workers in terms of age, occupation and gender. In addition, the working conditions of the ageing workforce across Member States of the European Union are compared.
  • Latvia: Low awareness of risk factors in workplace

    This report synthesises some of the most relevant results of a research project on working conditions and work-related risks, comparing survey results obtained in 2006 and 2010 from employers, employees and workplace safety specialists. The results identify various risk factors in the working environment, levels of compliance with safety legislation, the effect of the shadow economy on workplace safety and to what extent employees are informed about workplace safety issues. The research suggests that social dialogue on workplace safety and matters pertaining to legal employment relationships significantly improve the working environment.
  • New competitiveness agreement safeguards jobs at car plant

    The future of the Sevelnord [1] car plant in northern France, a subsidiary of manufacturer PSA Peugeot-Citroën [2], was at risk on two fronts. Its output had reduced to 76,000 vehicles in 2012, compared with 150,000 in 2008, and Italian car maker Fiat [3] had decided to end its partnership with the PSA group to manufacture vehicles at the site. [1] [2] [3]