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This report synthesises some of the most relevant results of a research
project on working conditions and work-related risks, comparing survey
results obtained in 2006 and 2010 from employers, employees and workplace
safety specialists. The results identify various risk factors in the working
environment, levels of compliance with safety legislation, the effect of the
shadow economy on workplace safety and to what extent employees are informed
about workplace safety issues. The research suggests that social dialogue on
workplace safety and matters pertaining to legal employment relationships
significantly improve the working environment.
The future of the Sevelnord  car plant in northern France, a subsidiary of
manufacturer PSA Peugeot-Citroën , was at risk on two fronts. Its output
had reduced to 76,000 vehicles in 2012, compared with 150,000 in 2008, and
Italian car maker Fiat  had decided to end its partnership with the PSA
group to manufacture vehicles at the site.
Employers and trade unions have joined forces to urge the Finnish Government
to do more for exporters. The Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK )
and the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK ), which
represent employers and workers connected to the export industry, have made a
joint statement on the issue. They have demanded that the Government budget
session should adopt policies that promote the competitiveness of Finnish
Mandatory registration of individual employment contracts and minimum social
insurance thresholds were introduced by the government in 2003 as a measure
to combat the informal economy and redress the lack of sufficient employment
insurance in Bulgaria.
On 14 May 2012, the Zarasai district association of the Trade Union of
Lithuanian Education Employees (LŠDPS ) submitted seven demands to
Arnoldas Abramavicius, Mayor of the Zarasai district municipality (ZRS ).
By doing this they initiated a collective labour dispute.
A new pay system at the Republic of Ireland’s state owned commercial
forestry company Coillte  means the end of a pay determination system that
historically applied to office-based professional grades. The new Reward
Model and Transformation Agreement states that the old pay system was
‘typical’ of what was found ‘within a Public Service culture’ in
Ireland. Its implementation date is 1 January 2013.
This document comprises two annexes to the report Work organisation and innovation. Annex 1: Summary of some major public policy initiatives related to innovations in HPWPs. Annex 2: Interview guides for human resources or lead managers, senior managers, line managers, employees representatives, and employees.
The Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD ) released a
report in September 2012 called Learning to Work , examining employers’
views of young people and their attitudes towards the recruitment of young
workers. The survey, based on replies from 760 workplaces, showed that a
quarter of employers had not recruited any workers under the age of 26 in the
previous year. Only 56% said they intended to recruit a young worker in the
next 12 months.
The proportion of people aged 65 and over will rise from 17% to 30% of the EU population by 2060, while at the same time the working age population will decline. The European Commission estimates that most of the increase in public spending in the EU over the next 50 years will be on pensions, long-term care and healthcare. Foundation Findings provide pertinent background information and policy pointers for all actors and interested parties engaged in the current European debate on the future of social policy. The contents are based on Foundation research and reflect its autonomous and tripartite structure.