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An expert committee set up by the Norwegian government in November 2007,
under the leadership of Professor Steinar Holden, has explored various issues
relating to equality between shift and rotation work. It submitted its
recommendations to the government in October 2008 (Skift og turnus –
gradvis kompensasjon for ubekvem arbeidstid (in Norwegian) ). The
committee was established against the backdrop of a lengthy debate about
gender equality in relation to working time schemes involving three-shift
rotation work and continuous shift work (*NO0711029I* ).
When Peter Löscher took over as the Chief Executive of Siemens  in 2007,
one of his major tasks involved remodelling the transnational enterprise 
to boost efficiency. On 8 July 2008, Siemens officially announced that it
intends to cut 16,750 jobs, which corresponds to 4% of its global workforce
of 400,000 employees. The company’s plans call for about 12,600 job cuts
worldwide. An additional 4,150 jobs will be affected by restructuring 
projects. The restructuring plan for Germany envisages some 5,250 job cuts.
In the other European countries, it is planned to axe 5,150 jobs, and outside
of Europe the job reductions will amount to 6,350 units.
Collective agreements were concluded during the spring of 2008 in various
sectors, covering economic activities ranging from university hospitals to
light engineering. Several of these deals were prompted by collective
industrial action. Major industrial action was undertaken by postal
employees, bus drivers and schoolteachers. With respect to the latter group,
in the education sector, the agreement was not signed by all employers amidst
fears that their budgets might fall short of the contents of the agreements
The European Commission  commissioned a study  seeking to improve
understanding of the labour market outcomes of migrant women in the EU and of
the policies that affect these outcomes. The research also aimed to provide
the information necessary to address inequalities between men and women, in
line with gender equality  and social justice agenda. For the purposes of
the study, which was conducted by the non-profit research organisation the
Rand Corporation  and published in October 2008, migrant women were
defined as having a foreign country of birth outside the EU, regardless of
whether they currently hold EU citizenship in one of the Member States.
A 2002 study (406Kb PDF)  conducted between November 2000 and February
2001 assessed the safety performance of a selection of 18 large construction
sites in Ireland. Safety performance was measured by observing safety-related
behaviours and conditions alongside recommended construction safety
guidelines. Four main categories of safety behaviour and conditions were
observed: measures for the prevention of falls from heights; personal
protective equipment; housekeeping; and safety documentation.
A joint study (in Greek, 490Kb PPT)  entitled ‘Models of work-life
balance  and the demand for gender-based equality of opportunity –
Social networks for work–life balance’ was published in December 2007 by
the Frederick Research Centre (FRC ), the Centre for Social Research and
Development (Εταιρεία Κοινωνικών Προγραμμάτων
και Σχεδιασμού, EKPROS) and the Cyprus Workers’ Confederation
(Συνομοσπονδία Εργαζομένων Κύπρου, SEK ).
The research was carried out as part of the EU EQUAL  programme and was
co-funded by the European Social Fund  and the Republic of Cyprus.
A number of countries  maintain a national website, derived from the model
of the continuous web-based survey ‘WageIndicator ’, which includes
information about wages, working conditions , labour standards and other
work-related topics. The Hungarian version of WageIndicator is known as
In 2005–2006, *the Bulgarian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
(*Министерство на труда и социалната
политика, MLSP ) *and the* Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation
 conducted a project entitled ‘Men equal, men different’ . It *was*
part of a European project under the EU 5th Framework Programme on gender
equality and carried out with partners in Denmark, France and Latvia.
In 2007, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium
für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF ) commissioned a survey on participation
rates in continuous vocational training in Germany (Weiterbildungsbeteiligung
in Deutschland (770Kb PDF) ). The representative survey was carried out
among 3,500 persons between the age of 19 and 64 years by the research
institute TNS Infratest Sozialforschung. It shows that 43% of the respondents
attended courses in further general education and continuous vocational
training at some point between spring 2006 and summer 2007 (Table 1). With
respect to continuous vocational training programmes alone, the participation
rate stood at 26% in 2007. This matches the rate in 2003; however, it is four
percentage points lower than the rate in 1997. In addition, half of the
respondents who attended further general education programmes stated that
their attendance was motivated by occupational considerations.
A study commissioned by the Ministry for Equal Opportunities (Ministère de
l’égalité des chances ) provides an insight into women’s labour
market position. The study constitutes the fifth edition of the report Les
femmes et le marché de l’emploi (in French, 665Kb PDF)  [Women and the
job market], which was conducted in 2007 by the Centre for Population,
Poverty and Socioeconomic Studies (Centre d’études de populations, de
pauvreté et de politiques socio-economiques, CEPS ) of the International
Network for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development
(Instead) at the request of the ministry.