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  • Romania: Survey highlights rural-urban divide in workplace health and safety

    The National Institute of Statistics conducted an ad hoc module on health and safety at the workplace as part of the Household Labour Force Survey in the second quarter of 2007. Among the main topics covered were accidents at the workplace and factors that may impair physical and mental health at work. The survey highlights significant differences according to sector, employment status, age, gender and location, revealing a distinct rural–urban divide.
  • KPN sets example by appointing women to key executive positions

    The problem in the Netherlands is the dominance of small-scale part-time jobs among women: three quarters of all women who work hold such a position and most of them are happy with this arrangement.
  • Majority of employers adopt work–life balance measures

    In 2009, the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC [1]), Malta’s public employment service organisation, commissioned a transnational study on work–life reconciliation measures. The research was co-funded by the European Commission [2], with the countries Cyprus, Iceland, Slovenia and Sweden also acting as partners in the project. [1] [2]
  • Impact of immigration on wages of Irish workers

    On 30 September 2009, Ireland’s Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI [1]) published a new study entitled Estimating the impact of immigration on wages in Ireland (420Kb PDF) [2]. During the period of Ireland’s remarkable economic boom, one of the notable features of the economic transformation was a rapid increase in inward migration. Another important dimension was the decision by the Irish government to allow full access to the Irish labour market when the EU expanded to 25 Member States on 1 May 2004. The ESRI paper examines whether the influx of migrants tends to increase or reduce the average wages of native workers, noting that the issue of immigration impacts is an enormously controversial issue. [1] [2]
  • Role of public employment service in reconciling work and family life

    The research project ‘Reconciliation of work and family life in Slovenia: Role of the public employment service’ was carried out by a group of researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana [1] in 2008. The project sought to examine the framework for reconciling work and family life in Slovenia and to present empirical data about reconciliation and the challenges faced in achieving work-life balance [2] in Slovene companies. Both aims were regarded as relevant for considerations about the Employment Service of Slovenia (Zavod Republike Slovenije za zaposlovanje, ZRSZ [3]) playing a more active role in the implementation of and support for reconciling work and family life policies and measures. [1] [2] [3]
  • Strike action resolved through agreements

    On 16 September 2009, the Executive Committee of the Trade Union of Railway Workers in Bulgaria (Синдикат на железничарите в България, TURWB) met at the Confederation of the Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (Конфедерация на независимите синдикати в България, CITUB [1]) to discuss the escalation of social tension due to wage arrears in the National Railway Infrastructure Company (Национална компания ‘Железопътна инфраструктура’, NRIC [2]). The shop stewards of the trade union organisations represented in NRIC also participated in the meeting. [1] [2]
  • Government proposes post-Laval legislation

    As highlighted in previous EIRO articles (*SE0706029I* [1], *SE0801019I* [2], *SE0804029I* [3], *SE0811029I* [4], *SE0901029I* [5], *SE0905029I* [6]), the Laval case [7] has posed challenges for the Swedish labour market model and the parties involved. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
  • Conservative Party seeks new UK opt-out from EU employment legislation

    On 4 November 2009, the leader of the opposition Conservative Party, David Cameron, made a speech [1] on A Europe policy that people can believe in [2], in which he set out the party’s response to the final ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. [1] [2]
  • Employers protest against mandatory cost of living allowance

    Since 1990, when an incomes policy was agreed between the social partners, a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) increase, based on the Retail Price Index (RPI), has been announced in every budget speech. This increase, being mandatory, is given to all workers.
  • Trade unions push for limited opening hours at Christmas

    In the Czech Republic, opening hours in shops are by no means limited. Although law-makers from the Czech Social Democratic Party (Česká strana sociálně demokratická, ČSSD [1]) and the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia (Komunistická strana Čech a Moravy, KSČM [2]) made an attempt in 2005 to ban opening hours at night in supermarkets and on public holidays, they did not get sufficient support for their proposal. At that time, chain store operators objected to the proposal claiming that they would lose customers due to the banning of sales on public holidays and at night time. They warned that, as a result, they would have to dismiss some of their staff. [1] [2]