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The survey was compiled as part of a study, Older workers: Public policies
and company practices (2.72Mb PDF; in Portuguese)  (Trabalhadores mais
velhos: políticas públicas e práticas empresariais), and published in 2003
by the Ministry for Social Security and Labour  (Ministério da Segurança
Social e do Trabalho). It aims to contribute to the debate on active ageing
which is currently taking place in Portugal.
The Labour Relations Commission, one of Ireland’s main dispute-resolution
bodies, organised a high-level symposium in Dublin on 11 November 2004
entitled 'Meeting the challenge of change: Irish labour market issues in a
global economy'. The aim was to bring together policy-makers and
practitioners to debate the major issues facing Irish industrial relations in
future. The event drew a range of participants from business, trade unions,
politics and the various labour market and industrial relations institutions.
The keynote address was given by the Prime Minister (Taoiseach), Bertie
Ahern, who commented that there are now 25 Acts relating to employment rights
and industrial relations, and eight bodies charged with enforcing these
rights. According to Mr Ahern, 'whatever chance practitioners have of
navigating their way around this maze, the average citizen has very little'.
On 8 December 2004, management representatives of General Motors Europe (GME)
and the GM European Employee Forum (EEF) - ie the company's European Works
Council - signed a European framework agreement on restructuring and
cost-cutting- a process which will mean around 12,000 jobs being lost at the
motor-manufacturing company’s European sites. The US-based General Motors
(GM) had declared that it was imperative to implement these job cuts against
the background of considerable losses incurred by its European subsidiaries.
A cost-cutting programme resulting in savings of at least EUR 500 million a
year by 2006 had to implemented in order to improve GM’s competitiveness in
the European car market.
In mid-November 2004, a report  compiled by a special commission on
Germany's system of co-determination , which had been trailed for several
months (DE0408106F  and DE0411204F ), was finally published and
presented formally at an annual employers' conference. Its contents had been
reported in the press on 10 November.
The report on Working time in 2003 (2.1MB pdf file; in German)  by the
Institut zur Erforschung sozialer Chancen (ISO)  updates previous survey
findings. The new survey, conducted between July and October 2003, includes
in its analysis characteristics of work, work organisation and strain.
On 17 September 2004, senior management at the Ford-owned prestige car
manufacturer Jaguar informed trade union representatives of the closure of
one of the company’s three manufacturing sites. Production at the Browns
Lane plant in Coventry would cease in the summer of 2005, with assembly work
transferred to Jaguar’s operations in Castle Bromwich, near Birmingham.
In September 2004, the annual conference of the Trades Union Congress (TUC)
carried a resolution  on fairness at work calling for amendments to the
Employment Relations Act 1999  to extend the statutory trade union
recognition procedure to smaller firms. The recognition provisions include a
'small firms threshold' and do not apply to employers with fewer than 21
workers. The TUC has also expressed regret about the exclusion of
undertakings with under 50 employees from the forthcoming Information and
Consultation of Employees Regulations (UK0407104F ), which are to
transpose the 2002 EU information and consultation Directive (2002/14/EC )
(EU0204207F ) into UK law.
In November 200,4 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched a new
initiative to help employers tackle the problem of work-related stress. The
HSE defines stress as 'the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure
or other types of demand placed on them'. The HSE argues that stress
undermines performance and is costly to employers, as well as making people
Following extensive debate in Finland over the relocation of jobs abroad, the
Prime Minister’s office launched a project entitled 'Finland in the global
economy' in January 2004. The aim was to bring together experts in various
fields and important political actors, including the social partners, to
explore how the competitiveness of Finnish production and work can be
ensured. The work was carried out at three main levels: first, economic
research institutes produced various background reports; second, the social
partners engaged in sector-specific dialogue; and third, a steering group
synthesised the work and drew up conclusions.