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  • Working time in the EU and other global economies

    Globalisation is having a profound impact on economies and industrial relations systems all around the world. In the context of global competition, it is increasingly relevant to look at Europe's economic development in a wider perspective. This report explores the main industrial relations developments in the European Union, Japan and the US in the period 2006-2007. It charts the similarities and trends in industrial relations as well as the differences in basic structures and developments between these three major economies.
  • Red europea de ciudades para la política de integración local de los inmigrantes (Hoja informativa)

    In Spring 2006, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, together with the city of Stuttgart and Eurofound established a European network of Cities for Local Integration Policies for Migrants (CLIP). In the subsequent two years, the cities of Vienna and Amsterdam joined the CLIP Steering Committee. The network is also supported by the Committee of the Regions (CoR) and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR). The CLIP network has also formed a partnership with the European Network Against Racism (ENAR).
  • Restructuring plans provoke unrest among postal workers

    In early November 2008, major restructuring [1] plans affecting the Austrian Post Company (Österreichische Post AG [2]) were revealed by the media. According to an ‘internal strategy paper’ drawn up by the Austrian Post Company management and leaked to the media, the company’s current workforce of 24,000 employees is to be cut by 9,000 workers and the number of post offices is to be reduced from more than 1,300 at present to only 300 by 2015. This extensive restructuring programme was – after harsh trade union protests – withdrawn from the agenda of a supervisory board meeting held on 12 November 2008 and thus not decided upon at this event. However, management subsequently confirmed that substantial restructuring measures would be inevitable in the medium term to secure the whole company. [1] [2]
  • The Netherlands: Temporary agency work and collective bargaining

    Disclaimer: This information is made available as a service to the public but has not been edited or approved by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. The content is the responsibility of the authors....
  • Government launches crisis package to tackle economic recession

    Trade unions in Sweden have been particularly critical of the government, demanding additional efforts and actions in the Budget Bill for 2009 in order to react to the increasing turbulence in the labour market (SE0810029I [1]). During the autumn of 2008, the trade unions and employer organisations put forward their own crisis plans with suggestions on how to handle the current economic situation. [1]
  • Employment Bill completes its passage through parliament

    On 13 November 2008, having completed its passage through parliament, the Employment Bill (*UK0712019I* [1]) received Royal Assent to become law as the Employment Act 2008 [2]. The act introduces a range of employment law reforms, including those outlined below. The bulk of the new provisions are expected to be brought into force in April 2009. [1] [2]
  • New scheme to reduce sick leave absenteeism

    On 1 September 2008, the Norwegian government introduced a new scheme entitled ‘pending sick leave’ (/avventende sykemelding/) in the country’s working life. The scheme’s purpose is to achieve the necessary adjustments to work organisation for employees who are on the verge of taking ordinary sick leave, according to a press release (in Norwegian) [1] by the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (Arbeids- og velferdsforvaltningen, NAV [2]). Doctors may prescribe pending sick leave in cases where the employee/patient experiences health problems but is able to continue working if certain adjustments are made to the way their work is organised. [1] [2]
  • Social partners endorse training schemes for disadvantaged young people

    In recent years, the situation of school-leavers in Germany has changed considerably. Many young people now encounter difficulties in securing an apprenticeship – in other words, a vocational training position – or entering the labour market. This trend is reflected in the rising number of so-called ‘old applicants’ (/Altbewerber/) registered at local employment agencies. Old applicants are defined as young people who failed to obtain an apprenticeship contract in the last round of applications. In 2006, for the first time, the share of old applicants among all applicants exceeded 50%. In August 2008, this percentage reached 52%.
  • Unemployment high among young people in Sweden

    Sweden has a comparatively low level of unemployment generally: 5.7% among people aged 15–74 years in October 2008. However, unemployment among young people is well above the EU average: 12.5% among those aged 16–24 years (Statistics Sweden news release (in Swedish), October 2008 [1]). Many reasons can be cited for the high levels of youth unemployment in Sweden. Since the country has generally high starting salaries and rigid labour legislation, employers feel that they are taking a greater risk by hiring an inexperienced person with no qualifications. [1]
  • Widening of gender pay gap triggers calls for action

    On 14 November 2008, the Office for National Statistics (ONS [1]) published the initial findings (122Kb PDF) [2] of its 2008 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). The survey is based on data relating to 146,000 employees, taken from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC [3]) tax records. [1] [2] [3]