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  • Collaboration for a good working environment

    Results from the Norwegian project ‘3-2-1 Together for a good working environment – 3 parties, 2 branches, 1 goal’ demonstrate that tripartite collaboration works when there is mutual understanding of roles and responsibilities among managers and safety representatives. A good safety culture and...
  • Responding to an ageing workforce: Experiences of 50+ jobseekers

    Abolition of the default retirement age and a rise in state pension age are expected to lead to longer working lives. Three additional support mechanisms for jobseekers aged over 50 were introduced in April 2010 through Jobcentre Plus. A report by the Department for Work and Pensions on the...
  • Educated and healthy older people are more active

    A recent study in Estonia investigated how educational achievement affected the lives of older people aged 50–74, particularly their financial situation and their health. The results showed that the more educated a person is, the better their health and the more actively they take part in different...
  • Eurobarometer survey examines active ageing

    A new Eurobarometer survey examined active ageing in the EU, including attitudes to the workplace, career end and pensions. Barriers to older workers functioning in the labour market included a lack of training, a lack of flexibility to reduce working hours, and negative perceptions on the part of...
  • Effects of physically demanding work on older workers

    The Health and Career (SIP) survey 2007 shows that 35% of older workers have been exposed to at least one type of physical difficulty at work for at least fifteen years. These people are less likely to be in good health and also less likely to be in employment than older workers who are not in jobs...
  • Unions’ role in combating workplace discrimination

    An EU-funded study examined the role of Maltese trade unions in combating discrimination in the workplace on the grounds of race, disability, religion, sexual orientation and age. The study was based mostly on interviews with three of the largest unions about their policies and practices on anti-...
  • Fall in uptake of early retirement schemes

    To encourage the employment of older workers, the public authorities in France have drastically reduced access by employees in the private sector to publicly funded early retirement schemes. The number of beneficiaries of these types of schemes has fallen by a third in the last 10 years. The number...
  • France: Older workers and employment

    The ageing population and the consequent increase in the share of older workers in the workforce have raised concerns among both policy makers and social partners across Europe. In France, the employment rate of older workers is still below the EU average, although it has increased slightly in the...
  • Reform of pension system stirs controversy

    The government’s reform of the pension scheme is aimed at geting several hundred thousand economically inactive Hungarians under the age of 60 back into the labour market. The proposed changes to the disability pension scheme could save the government some HUF 217 billion (€0.8 billion) by 2013....
  • Factors influencing early exit from the labour market

    According to a recent study based on the Netherlands Working Conditions Survey, Dutch employees are increasingly motivated to work until the official retirement age of 65 (42% in 2009). They also increasingly think they will be able to do so in their present job (45%). A poor social climate at work...

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