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  • Lack of professional training and career advancement of older workers

    The research project Occupational health and safety and risk factors of workers 50 (in Czech) [1] (Svobodová et al, 2009) was carried out by the Occupational Safety Research Institute (VÚBP [2]) for the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MPSV [3]) in 2009. The study’s goal was to examine working conditions and relationships in the workplace for older workers, their experiences with discrimination, career perspectives and position on retirement. [1] [2] [3]
  • Impact of recession on Millennials’ career expectations

    The entry into the workforce of large numbers of the Millennial generation (those born between 1980 and 2000) over the last decade or so has given them the power to reshape the rules of play at work. As a result, practitioners have become increasingly interested in this new generation. A study (210Kb PDF) [1] by the Vlerick Management School (De Vos and De Hauw, 2010) sought to investigate the effect of generational, contextual and individual influences on Millennials’ career expectations. [1]
  • Autumn’s union protests put pressure on government and employers

    Poland was the only country in the EU where gross domestic product (GDP) grew (by 1.7%) during the 2008–2009 global financial crisis. However, this has been overshadowed by budgetary problems facing the right-wing liberal government of the Civic Platform (PO [1]). In order to keep the public debt at 55% of GDP, the government proposed several austerity measures in its budget for 2011: [1]
  • Commission issues report on EU-level sectoral social dialogue

    The Commission staff working document (237Kb PDF) [1], published by the Commission on 23 July 2010, shows that more than 500 texts have been produced as a result of sectoral social dialogue, including joint opinions and responses to consultations, autonomous agreements, and agreements that have been given legal force by means of a directive. The legally-binding texts are as follows: [1]
  • No agreement on extending worker representation

    In March 2010, a public committee set up to review the state of industrial democracy in Norway presented its recommendations in the form of a comprehensive report (in Norwegian) [1] (NOU 2010: 1). The recommendations show that there is a general consensus about the importance of the present arrangements for codetermination and participation in Norwegian working life. The social partner organisations however disagree on issues such as that of extending the current provisions to smaller companies, groups of companies and/or on the extension of rights and responsibilities held by safety officers and working environment committees. [1]
  • Unions oppose government bill on pension reform

    On 13 July 2010, the Council of Ministers introduced a bill that increases the legal age of retirement from 60 to 62 years and increases the pension contributions of civil servants – see government position paper (in French) [1]. The bill was defended by Minister of Labour Eric Woerth, and was subject to examination by the National Assembly and the Senate before being discussed by parliament at its plenary session from 7 September. The government intends to adopt the legislation ‘at the end of October’ according to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. [1],42/dossiers-de-presse,46/projet-du-gouvernement-relatif-a,11979.html
  • Agreement signed on redundancies at Telecom Italia

    Telecom Italia [1] is the biggest telecommunications group in Italy. It was created by the merger of five state-controlled companies in 1994 and was later privatised in 1997. According to data from Telecom Italia in March 2010, it employs 70,965 employees and operates in all areas of telecommunications (fixed, mobile and internet, multimedia and television). It is also present on the international market. [1]
  • Report challenges legality of unpaid internships

    On 31 July 2010, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR [1]), an influential think-tank, and Internocracy [2], a campaign group representing interns, published the report. It called for recent university graduates and other young people undertaking internships to be paid a ‘fair wage’. The report argued that employers offering unpaid internships, or paying interns less than the national minimum wage [3] (NMW) were breaking the law. [1] [2] [3]
  • Interventions of justice in labour disputes: Techspace Aero case

    Techspace Aero [1] is a company based in Herstal (Wallonia), manufacturing components for aeronautical engines. For 18 days, from 12 March until 30 March 2010, all the company’s blue-collar workers were on strike. They were protesting against a management decision to end the existing early retirement scheme at the age of 58 years. As indicated by the Belgian General Federation of Metal (FGTB-Métal/ABVV-Metaal [2]) and the Confederation of Christian Trade Unions – Metal (ACV-CSC Metea [3]), the company’s workforce is ageing, with a mean age of 49–50 years, and the recent excellent profits of Techspace Aero more than justify the preservation of the scheme. [1] [2] [3]
  • Managing household debts: Social service provision in the EU - Workshop report

    Overall, household debt levels have risen sharply over the past decades in EU Member States. While certain levels of household debts can be beneficial, they can become problematic especially with a sudden, unexpected decrease of incomes or increase of expenditures. The current financial crisis caused unemployment levels to rise, with the lagged impact still to be felt. This combination of factors lead to increased over-indebtedness among households. The participants in the workshop that took place in June 2010 discussed preventive and alleviative measures and the role of social services in this matter. They mapped current and planned activities of the different organisations, identified needs for further research, and discussed a potential future role for Eurofound. A working paper is available.