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In the bargaining round of 2007 the Swedish Trade Union Confederation (LO
) introduced a ‘gender equality fund’ in their central agreement as a
way to address the gender pay gap. The fund was introduced because previous
central agreements had not helped improve wage equality (SE1006019I ),
despite employer and employee representatives agreeing on certain wage
increases within a fixed time period.
Cleaners working for OPAP S.A ., the state owned gambling monopoly, had
gone to the Supreme Court on 20 January 2011 to ask that their fixed-term
contracts, which had been renewed every year since 1989, be converted into
Non-standard employment and, more particularly, part-time work has been increasing worldwide for the past two decades. This trend has been especially strong in Europe, where the issue of different working time arrangements is an important part of the discussion among policymakers and social partners, and something which the European Union (EU) has promoted to increase flexibility for workers and employers. However, part-time work is spread very unevenly across Member States, reflecting differences in legislation, infrastructure and cultural conventions. This report uses data from the fourth European Working Conditions Survey and the second Company Survey. An executive summary is available.
In March 2011 the Employers and Industrialists Federation (ΟΕΒ ) and
the Cyprus Federation of Business and Professional Women (ΚΟΓΕΕ )
published the findings of a survey on women in the Cyprus labour market .
The survey was based on a questionnaire sent to enterprises, employers and
employees from all economic sectors in Cyprus, women’s organisations, trade
unions and the public services. The research examined:
The concept of green jobs is currently (re)-emerging in international
political discussions as part of a wider dynamic transition towards a
sustainable economy or green economy, and not just jobs in the environment
There is consistent evidence across all the results that use of High Performance Work Practices (HPWPs) are associated with improved performance outcomes for both employees and the workplace. This report is based on secondary data analysis of Eurofound’s recent European Company Survey (ECS) 2009. It explores the links between a broad range of workplace practices and sustainable organisational performance, building on the survey report.
The economic situation continues to be dominated by sovereign debt problems in the eurozone countries. As these continue to remain unresolved, general sentiment has turned negative amid fears of a new second phase of the Great Recession of 2008–9. The third issue for 2011 includes: summary; current macroeconomic trends and prospects; overview of ERM cases July-September 2011; restructuring at Nokia Romania; restructuring in the education sector; restructuring research notes: globalisation and labour markets conference; note on methodology.
Two major National Workplace Surveys covering 3,000 employers and 5,100
employees were published in September 2010. Data from 2009 were used to
examine the changing workplace based on the views of Irish employers and
employees. The recession’s impact was found to be a strong driver for
change within companies, with considerable changes in workplace practices
being identified. A decline in hourly pay over the previous two years was
reported by 21% of employees (more frequently by public than private sector
workers). Trade union membership fell to 34% of the labour force.
Elcoteq is a global contract manufacturer of electronic equipment headquartered in Luxembourg. While the origins of the company are in Finland where Elcoteq was founded in 1984, the established production sites in European as well as non-European countries. Until 2008 the European centre of the company was based in Pecs/Hungary before it was relocated to Luxembourg in 2008. The conversion of the company into an SE was announced already in 2004 and came into effect in 2005.