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  • Attitudes of employers and employees to the changing workplace

    Over 90% of Irish workers are satisfied with their job, although 82% believe that they work very hard and 72% find their job stressful at least some of the time. One in five employees works part time and a similar proportion is involved in pay-related performance schemes. These are among the findings of the employee part of a survey published by the Forum on the Workplace of the Future. Set up in 2003, the Forum commissioned surveys on the views and experiences of Irish employers and employees on the changing workplace in the private and public sectors. Employers in the private sector said that the most intense pressures for change were cost-based, and the most common response to such pressures was product innovation and marketing. Management in the public sector cited new technologies and equality and diversity in the workplace among the greatest internal pressures for change; external factors included budget constraints. Staff training and development were identified as the best response to such pressures. Overall, the study concludes that staff involvement is crucial in gaining the support of employees for change.
  • Job satisfaction greater among educated workers

    In September 2006, in one of its regular surveys, the Public Opinion Research Centre (Centrum pro výzkum verejného mínení, CVVM [1]) of the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (Sociologický ústav Akademie ved Ceské republiky, SoU AV CR [2]) focused in more detail on the topic of job satisfaction. Each of the 516 economically active respondents, was asked the following question: ‘How satisfied are you with your current job?’ [1] [2]
  • Category of ‘new’ self-employed persons is growing

    The Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Arbeit, BMWA [1]) commissioned a study on the so-called ‘new’ self-employed in Austria. In February 2005, BMWA published the research results in the final report Neue Selbstständige in Österreich (in German, 1.65Mb PDF) [2]. In contrast to the ‘old’ self-employed, the ‘new’ self-employed are not members of the Austrian Federal Chamber of Economy (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, WKO [3]) and do not possess a trade licence. Freelance workers, such as journalists, artists, veterinarians and dentists, also form part of the group of new self-employed people. In general, new self-employed people conclude work or service contracts with their clients, under which they are paid for a specific job or service. [1] [2] [3]
  • Good practice in reconciling work and family life

    The National Thematic Network on reconciliation of family and working life was set up in 2003 for the purpose of highlighting good practice developed after completion of national projects financed under the European Commission’s EQUAL Initiative [1]. The network aimed to further disseminate these practices to international organisations and agencies, and relate them directly to European developments. [1]
  • First European Quality of Life Survey: Urban–rural differences

    This report explores the issue of urban–rural differences in Europe according to a number of quality of life domains, namely: income and deprivation; housing; employment and education; work–life balance; access to work, school, family, friends and services; and subjective well-being.
  • Government launches support scheme for redundant public sector employees

    The government has initiated two programmes which support public sector employees facing dismissal: the revised ‘Premium Years Programme’ (*HU0507102F* [1]) and the ‘special employment status’. Both schemes may be accessed on the basis of an individual agreement between the employer and employee, which may be concluded between 1 January 2005 and 31 December 2007. Employees participating in these programmes receive 70% of their former salaries, covered by a central budget together with taxes and social insurance contributions on their wages. [1]
  • Low level of membership by young people in unemployment insurance funds

    Many of the young generation in Denmark today have no precise knowledge of the nature of an unemployment insurance fund. They confuse unemployment insurance funds with trade unions or with the social assistance system of the municipalities. Furthermore, young people have widely varying attitudes to unemployment insurance funds and different reasons for taking up membership or not.
  • Single status for all private sector workers to reduce absenteeism

    The social partners have long called for a single status for all wage earners in the private sector, and the Tripartite Coordinating Committee (Comité de coordination tripartite) finally adopted the principle on 28 April 2006. The key aim of the project is to merge the status of blue-collar and white-collar workers in the private sector in order to represent them within one system. The Luxembourg Confederation of Independent Trade Unions (Onofhängege Gewerkschaftsbond Lëtzebuerg, OGB-L [1]) and two employer groups, the Union of Luxembourg Enterprises (Union des entreprises Luxembourgeoises, UEL [2]) and the Federation of Artisans (Fédération des Artisans [3]), agree that convergence must go beyond merely extending the system for employees to manual workers. [1] [2] [3]
  • Merger of public services marks first stage of social welfare reform

    The first office of the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organisation (Arbeids- og velferdsforvaltningen, NAV [1]) was officially opened on 2 November 2006, marking the start of the largest social welfare reform ever undertaken in Norway. The so-called NAV reform entails the merger of employment, national insurance and social security services into one single organisation, known as NAV. The main purpose of the reform has been to coordinate front-line services of all three public services at local level. [1]
  • Social security benefits to match welfare increases

    In Belgium, a total of 270,000 people receive social security [1] benefits, which consist of different financial support systems for those who are retired and unemployed, as well as for the victims of industrial accidents or illness. In order to preserve the nature of the Belgian social security system, these allowances should represent a significant proportion of the average wage. At present, this is not the case because the automatic indexation is not high enough to fill the gap between allowances and wages (*BE0202308F* [2]). [1] [2]