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Piraeus Port – situated to the southwest of Athens – is the country’s
largest port and one of the biggest in the Mediterranean area, with its
history dating back to 1924. The port drives the growth of international
trade, as well as the local and national economy. Piraeus Port is engaged in
multiple activities related to the commercial port, the passenger port, ship
service, along with the development and operation of land areas.
In its monthly journal Enimerossi , the Labour Institute of the Greek
General Confederation of Labour (Ινστιτούτο Εργασίας
ΓΣΕΕ, INE/GSEE ) presented in two parts a study on the impact of the
economic crisis on employment. The study analyses and elaborates data from
the Labour Force Survey, conducted by the National Statistical Service of
Greece (Εθνική Στατιστική Υπηρεσία Ελλάδας,
ESYE ). It refers, in particular, to the second quarters of 2008 and 2009.
This article outlines the main conclusions of the study.
The global economic crisis began to affect Denmark slightly earlier than
other European countries, gathering pace in the summer of 2008. Since then,
there have been job losses among unskilled labour, especially in the export
business, closures of production sites and/or delocalisation to low-wage
countries. Many companies had started restructuring before the financial
crisis broke out in September 2008 and were left with core skilled workers
who were not expendable when the economic ‘tsunami’ arrived in Denmark. A
wave of work-sharing schemes became the alternative to layoffs or off-shoring
This report reviews the evidence to support the contention that increasing numbers of young people (16 - 34 years) are entering the disability benefits system. It attempts to place this evidence within the context of the many factors that are known to influence the economic activity and labour market participation of young people with disabilities. The study also aims to document any measures targeted at young people with health problems to promote labour market inclusion and the ways in which these systems operate and interact. It makes specific reference to active inclusion measures, including the role of social, health and employment services, as well as educational systems and social partners.
This is the second annual programme of the four-year period and continues Eurofound’s work in the following three research focus areas: employment growth and supply of labour in changing labour markets, more and better jobs and higher productivity through partnership, and promotion of social inclusion and sustainable social protection. The 2010 programme gives more emphasis to the impacts of the current economic and financial crisis on the employment, working conditions and quality of life of Europeans. It will include crisis-related research on restructuring, labour markets and wages as analysed by the new European Jobs Monitor and studies on flexicurity. Longer-term impacts of the recession will be examined in the context of the combined effects of recession and demographic change, as well as studies of new forms of corporate ownership and governance; the impacts of the recession on social dialogue structures will also be considered.
The Finnish Quality of Work Life Surveys between 1977 and 2008 analyse
working conditions over four decades. The data reveal that work continues to
be an important area of life for Finnish people. Workers remain loyal to
their workplace and committed to their work. The results also show changes in
many respects. Opportunities for self-development and influencing work have
grown, and work has become more varied. However, the mental burden of work,
time pressure and job uncertainties have risen.
Trade unions in Finland’s financial services sector arranged a three-day
strike in mid-December 2009. The industrial action followed the trade
unions’ rejection of a compromise proposal to resolve a dispute over
salaries and terms of employment. The rejected proposal would have given bank
employees pay increases of 1.69%, on average, over a period of almost two
EU Member States and the European Commission  have tentatively suggested
that the worst of the economic crisis is now over, with Eurostat  recently
announcing that industrial production increased by 0.3% in September 2009
compared with August. Nevertheless, unemployment remains a major problem for
the EU. In the eurozone, unemployment rose to 9.7% in September 2009, a 0.1
percentage point increase compared with August.
Malta’ national tripartite institution for social dialogue, set up in 1988
under the name of the Malta Council for Economic Development (MCED), was
given legal status in 2001 by the enactment of the Malta Council for Economic
and Social Development (MCESD ) Act. The trade unions represented on this
institution are: the General Workers’ Union (GWU ), by far Malta’s
largest trade union; the Union of United Workers (Union Haddiema Maghqudin,
UHM ), the countervailing force of GWU; and the Confederation of Malta
Trade Unions (CMTU ), an umbrella organisation comprising 10 trade unions
including UHM and the Malta Union of Bank Employees (MUBE ). UHM, in spite
of being an affiliate of CMTU, obtained its own specific representation on
A higher level of unemployment in the Czech Republic due to the global
economic crisis was expected to temper the demands of trade unions in
collective bargaining  for 2009. Employees were likely to keep their
demands low, because it was more advantageous for them to remain in
employment even if accepting a pay freeze or a curb in production. The Czech
President, Václav Klaus, also called for the preservation of social cohesion
in his New Year’s address at the start of 2009. In his speech, he not only
emphasised the need for ‘reasonable employees and trade unions’ but also
for more active entrepreneurs and managers capable of finding new
opportunities and markets/./