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  • Article
    16 Diciembre 2009

    In mid-October 2009, the Dutch cabinet announced that the government
    coalition parties had reached agreement on raising the retirement age.
    Although it came as a surprise that the cabinet should table such a
    controversial issue at a time of economic crisis, it is now definite that the
    government proposal will be put before the House of Representatives by the
    winter of 2009. The three government parties unanimously proposed raising the
    retirement age, with the Labour Party (Partij van de Arbeid, PvdA [1]) also
    joining the fold.

    [1] http://www.pvda.nl/

  • Article
    16 Diciembre 2009

    The Institute of Labour (Ινστιτούτο Εργασίας, INE [1]) of
    the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE [2]) published its 2009
    Economic and Employment Outlook report (in Greek) [3] in September 2009. Like
    the institute’s 11 previous annual economic and employment outlooks, the
    2009 report makes an important contribution to the public debate on labour
    market developments and industrial relations in Greece, as well as on the
    evolution of basic macroeconomic indicators such as labour productivity,
    wages, labour costs and investment.

    [1] http://www.inegsee.gr/English-Page.htm
    [2] http://www.gsee.gr/
    [3] http://www.inegsee.gr/ekthesi2009/ekthesi2009.htm

  • Article
    16 Diciembre 2009

    On 29 October 2009, following 10 days of strike action, the Trade Union for
    Building, Forestry, Agriculture and the Environment (Industriegewerkschaft
    Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt, IG BAU [1]) and the Association of the Federal Guild of
    Cleaning Building Service Contractors (Bundesinnungsverband des
    Gebäudereiniger-Handwerks, BIV [2]) agreed on a new collective agreement on
    pay and new minimum wage provisions for the industrial cleaning sector.

    [1] http://www.igbau.de/db/v2/frameset.pl
    [2] http://www.gebaeudereiniger.de/

  • Article
    16 Diciembre 2009

    The pact on apprenticeships (/Ausbildungspakt/) – that is, the vocational
    training agreement between the federal government and several umbrella
    organisations of employer and business associations – was established in
    2004. Extended in 2007, the pact will run until 2010 (*DE0802029I* [1]).
    Apart from the federal government and the Federal Employment Agency
    (Bundesagentur für Arbeit, BA [2]), the following employer and business
    associations are parties to the pact: the German Confederation of
    Employers’ Associations (Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen
    Arbeitgeberverbände, BDA [3]), the Federation of German Industries
    (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie, BDI [4]), the Association of German
    Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag,
    DIHK [5]), the German Confederation of Skilled Crafts (Zentralverband des
    Deutschen Handwerks, ZDH [6]) and the German Association of Liberal
    Professions (Bundesverband der Freien Berufe, BFB [7]). The signatories to
    the pact agreed to create more apprenticeship positions and improve the
    career prospects of young people.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/pact-on-apprenticeships-exceeded-objectives-in-2007
    [2] http://www.arbeitsagentur.de
    [3] http://www.bda-online.de/www/arbeitgeber.nsf/ID/home
    [4] http://www.bdi-online.de/index.htm
    [5] http://www.dihk.de
    [6] http://www.zdh.de/english.html
    [7] http://www.freie-berufe.de/

  • Article
    6 Diciembre 2009

    The article on Labour market trends during the crisis (146Kb PDF) [1] by
    Statistics Estonia (Statistikaamet [2]) analyses the current labour market
    problems and trends in unemployment, concluding with proposals on how to
    tackle the situation. The analysis is based on quarterly data of the Labour
    Force Survey (LFS) from 2008 and 2009, as well as registry data of the
    Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa, EUIF [3]).

    [1] http://www.stat.ee/dokumendid/37731
    [2] http://www.stat.ee/?lang=en
    [3] http://www.tootukassa.ee/?lang=en

  • Article
    6 Diciembre 2009

    In 2006, almost 25% of the Norwegian population aged between 16 and 66 years
    was regarded as belonging to the population group of non-working individuals.
    Reasons for not working were classified into six categories: disability,
    unemployment, having an old-age or early retirement pension, acting as a
    homemaker, studying or military service. While students constitute the
    largest proportion of the non-working group (8.4%), disabled persons and
    unemployed people represent the second and third largest shares (8.2% and 3%
    respectively).

  • Article
    6 Diciembre 2009

    The Research Institute for Vocational Training and Adult Education (Institut
    für Berufs- und Erwachsenenbildungsforschung, IBE [1]) at the Johannes
    Kepler University in the north-central city of Linz conducted a quantitative
    survey to identify the main risk factors that contribute to young people aged
    15–24 years leaving education after compulsory schooling. For this purpose,
    the survey compared young people with an educational attainment level that
    does not exceed the nine years of compulsory schooling in Austria with higher
    educated youths. According to the International Standard Classification of
    Education (ISCED), nine years of compulsory schooling corresponds to ISCED 2,
    that is, less than upper secondary level education. The comparison between
    the two groups of young people was based on a number of socio-demographic,
    educational, occupational and behavioural aspects, as well as on their social
    and cultural origins.

    [1] http://www.ibe.co.at/englisch

  • Article
    6 Diciembre 2009

    Methodological changes introduced in the last Spanish Working Conditions
    Survey – that is, collecting data only among workers and conducting
    interviews in the worker’s home instead of at the workplace – allowed
    gathering information on several, previously ignored groups of workers. This
    includes self-employed workers, migrant workers, household services workers,
    workers on sick leave and those who are not registered with the Spanish
    social security system.

  • Article
    6 Diciembre 2009

    The study /Gender wage gap and typically female-dominated jobs/
    (Differenziale salariale di genere e lavori tipicamente femminili (1.2Mb PDF)
    [1]) is part of a conclusive report of a three-year project carried out by
    the Italian Vocational Training Development Agency (Istituto per lo Sviluppo
    della Formazione Professionale dei Lavoratori, Isfol [2]) on behalf of the
    Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Policy (Ministero del Lavoro, della
    Salute e delle Politiche Sociali [3]). The report is based on the 2006 wave
    of the Participation, Labour, Unemployment Survey, Isfol PLUS (in Italian,
    253Kb PDF) [4] (see IT0611049I [5] for details on survey methodology). It
    aims to quantify the discriminatory component of the gender wage gap by
    taking into account two biases that often occur in a gender pay gap
    estimation.

    [1] http://www.isfol.it/DocEditor/test/File/Studi_Isfol_Occupazione_n_2-09.pdf
    [2] http://www.isfol.it
    [3] http://www.lavoro.gov.it/lavoro/
    [4] http://www.lavoro.gov.it/NR/rdonlyres/E17DB3D1-F278-4416-89C4-6F887BAD2644/0/069_Pluspartecipationlabour_Cap9.pdf
    [5] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/gender-pay-gap-wider-for-better-educated-women

  • Article
    6 Diciembre 2009

    The working environment refers to the quality of working conditions; however,
    the procedures for trying to develop the workplace standard should also be
    addressed. The working environment has been a priority area in Norway for
    many years, and the country has a long history of laws and regulations on
    employee representatives, arrangements for participation and requirements for
    systematic efforts in this field. A recent study examines the status of
    cooperation and employee participation as evaluated and reported by Norwegian
    workers in 2007.