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  • Extension of collective bargaining agreements in the EU - Background paper

    This report gives an overview of the extension mechanisms of collective bargaining agreements, deriving its data from the Eurofound industrial relations country profiles (2009). In principle, collective agreements are only legally enforceable against contracting parties. National and sectoral collective bargaining agreements can, however, be extended so that they also apply to employees and employers who were not represented by the social partners signing the agreement. Such cases of extension mechanisms, in which rights are owed towards all parties, exist in almost all EU Member States (Sciarra, 2005).
  • Working together for youth employment - From education to the workplace: a global challenge

    On 30 June 2011, a seminar on Youth and Employment was hosted by the Employment and Social Affairs Committee of the European Parliament, and jointly organised by four European agencies: Cedefop, ETF, EU-OSHA and Eurofound. The agencies highlighted the complementarity of their work by each presenting different aspects and perspectives related to youth employment in Europe and its neighbourhood countries. Topics included the transition from education to the workplace, guidance for young people at risk, safe and decent jobs for young people, the 'NEETs' phenomenon and its economic costs, the active inclusion of disadvantaged young people in employment and the global dimension of youth employment. Full speakers presentations are also available.
  • Survey probes satisfaction in the workplace

    In November 2010, the National Trade Union Bloc (BNS [1]) published the results of research on ‘working conditions, satisfaction and performance at workplaces’ by a team of Romanian and foreign experts coordinated by Dr Liviu Voinea. The research was for a project called ‘Office for the Monitoring of the Labour Market and Quality of Workplaces’, which was co-funded from the European Social Fund [2] through the Sectoral Operational Programme for Human Resources Development 2007–2013. [1] [2]
  • Low interest by companies in flexible forms of work

    In March 2011 LMC [1], the most significant online recruitment agency in the Czech Republic, commissioned a survey on the utilisation of alternative forms of work (in Czech) [2] in order to identify the extent to which these forms of work are used. The survey was carried out by the research agency Factum Invenio [3] through telephone interviews with human resources (HR) staff at 855 companies selected by quota sampling. [1] [2] [3]
  • Impact of the More Inclusive Working Life Agreement

    The tripartite Agreement on a More Inclusive Working Life (IA Agreement [1]) was first signed by the Norwegian government and the social partners in 2001. With the assistance of companies and an emphasis on including older people and those with chronic illnesses in the labour market, the focus of the agreement has been to: [1]
  • Immigrant women entrepreneurs

    In March 2010, the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG [1]) published a study (in Portuguese, 6.34Mb PDF) [2] that aimed to increase knowledge about the experiences, features/profiles and strategies of immigrant women entrepreneurs in Portugal. The study explored new forms of work organisation and changes in strategies for the economic and social integration of immigrant women into Portuguese society. [1] [2]
  • Gender wage gap: a complex but still manifest reality

    The main results of the WAGEGAP project were presented at a seminar on 30 May 2011 organised by two research centres associated with the University of Leuven – HIVA [1] and the Faculty of Business and Economics [2]. The event was supported by the Council for Equal Opportunities for Men and Women [3]. [1] [2] [3]
  • Views divided over impact of statutory minimum wage

    During the spring and summer of 2011, the United Services Union (ver.di [1]) called for the introduction of a minimum wage in Germany. Together with the Union of Food, Beverages, Tobacco, Hotel and Catering and Allied Workers (NGG [2]), ver.di advocates a minimum wage of €8.50. Ver.di Chair Frank Bsirske pointed out in a press release (in German) [3] that nearly one million people, including 400,000 full-time employees, had to supplement their low incomes with public allowances. NGG Chair Franz-Josef Möllenberg added that only a minimum wage could protect workers from a reduction in the standard of living. [1] [2] [3]
  • Adecco to grant retroactive overtime pay

    In October 2011 the largest recruitment company in Norway specialising in temporary agency work, Adecco [1], signed an agreement with two trade unions to retroactively reimburse employees for overtime work carried out at three nursing homes it operated on behalf of the municipality of Oslo. [1]
  • Trade union membership stable despite current crisis

    According to the annual report published by the Registrar of Trade Unions on 30 September 2011, trade union membership in Malta increased by 483 in absolute terms between 1 July 2009 and 30 June 2011. This represents an increase of 0.6% over the previous year. Based on the figure of 148,546 for the total number of gainfully employed people in May 2011 given in a news release [1] from the National Statistics Office (NSO [2]), the Maltese trade union density is 57.7%. [1] [2]