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Telefónica de España SAU  held the public telecommunications monopoly in
Spain until thesectorwas liberalised in the 1990s. In May 2011 the
multinational company, seeking to make itself more competitive in its home
market, applied for a Redundancy Procedure (ERE) which would initially have
made 8,500 workers redundant. This was despite reportingprofitsof€10,000
million in 2010.
For most people work is not only a source of income but also an important aspect of their personal identity and their social life. When workers grow older, the positive elements of work often retain their importance, but for many it becomes more difficult to do their jobs. This fact sheet forms part of the Eurofound resource pack on Living longer, working better – Active ageing in Europe. The pack explores the impact of an ageing society and workforce, providing insights into developments at EU, national and company level.
Keeping older employees in the workforce for longer has been at the heart of national and European policies since the late 1990s. These policies have had an impact. Employment rates for older workers aged 55 to 64 have increased considerably over the last ten years, from 38% to 47% (Eurostat, 2000–2010). This fact sheet forms part of the Eurofound resource pack on 'Living longer, working better – Active ageing in Europe'. The pack explores the impact of an ageing society and workforce, providing insights into developments at EU, national and company level.
Europeans are living longer than ever before, but fewer babies are being born. The increased lifespan is great news but also poses many questions for individuals, their families and social systems. This fact sheet forms part of the Eurofound resource pack on 'Living longer, working better – Active ageing in Europe'. The pack explores the impact of an ageing society and workforce, providing insights into developments at EU, national and company level.
Over the past five years employment rates among workers aged 65 to 74 years increased by 15% in the EU27 (Eurostat, 2011). Most people in this age group are pensioners, demonstrating that it has become more common for pensioners to take on paid employment, albeit starting from a fairly low level. This fact sheet forms part of the Eurofound resource pack on 'Living longer, working better – Active ageing in Europe'. The pack explores the impact of an ageing society and workforce, providing insights into developments at EU, national and company level.
Interns represent an affordable labour force for companies, providing
employers with a cheap supply of highly qualified graduates. For the young
people concerned, internships are indispensable in their transition to the
higher end of the labour market. Regulating this arrangement in order to
reduce potential abuse is difficult as there is a risk that internship
opportunities for students could be curtailed.
A report (in French)  published in February 2011, and commissioned by the
Ministry of Work, Employment and Health , examines the impact of the
reform of representativeness  in 2008 (*FR0808039I* ) on industrial
relations in 12 French companies.
A tripartite framework for a new centralised national agreement on wages and
working conditions  working conditions has been worked out between
Finland’s social partners. The agreement will be for 25 months, offering a
pay increase of 4.3 % by the end of the agreement period, with a first
increase of 2.4% covering the first 13 months, and a further 1.9% increase
for the remaining 12 months. A lump sum payment of €150 at the beginning of
2012 is also included in the agreement.
The Communication , A renewed EU strategy 2011-14 for Corporate Social
Responsibility (136Kb PDF) ,was published on 25 October 2011/./ It states
that a strategic approach to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is
increasingly important for the competitiveness of businesses and can bring
benefits in terms of risk management, cost savings, access to capital,
customer relationships, human resource management and the capacity for
innovation. CSR can also benefit society as a whole by contributing to the
achievement of the European Union’s Treaty objectives of sustainable
development and a competitive social market economy, and underpinning the
Europe 2020  strategy’s objectives.
This report describes over 50 cases of companies in 11 Member States that have adopted measures to support their employees with care responsibilities for disabled children or adults. Key initiatives by companies include: various types of leave; reduced working hours; and such supportive measures as information, counselling and practical support. The report concludes that: raising awareness is particularly important; that particularly effective approaches combine measures targeted at working carers, and measures that the entire workforce can avail of; that line managers have a pivotal role to play in supporting working carers; and that it is possible to create solutions that either avoid the need for employees to leave the job, or that enable them to return to work. An annotated bibliography is also available, together with a searchable database.