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This issue of Foundation Focus looks at the state of play of the European labour market and what governments, social partners and companies are doing to overcome the crisis. Over the last few years, many jobs have been lost, and mass unemployment has become the reality in some Member States. Eurofound’s latest European Quality of Life Survey points to growing inequalities and social exclusion. At the same time, the EU remains committed to the idea of creating and maintaining high-quality jobs. So where are these jobs going to come from? And is job quality being compromised in the attempt to cut costs and maintain competitiveness? All this and more in this issue of Foundation Focus.
Individual disputes at Swedish workplaces are usually dealt with through
bilateral negotiations between social partners, primarily at local company
level. A dispute is taken to the Swedish Labour Court (Arbetsdomstolen )
or a district court (Tingsrätten ) only if local and central attempts to
find a solution fail.
The suicides of two employees at French postal group La Poste  were widely
reported  in the national media at the beginning of 2012. The suicides
were blamed on an ‘oppressive’ work culture at the company.
The General Income Report 2010 and 2011 (in German, 1.63MB PDF) ,
published by the Austrian Court of Audit (Rechnungshof ) in December 2012,
provides a detailed overview of the distribution of income in Austria by
gender, sectors, occupational/hierarchical status and educational level for
2011 based on pay, tax and social security data. It also gives a considerable
amount of information about the development of wages in Austria between 1998
The study, ‘Labour force mobility and social inclusion aspects’, was part
of a project by the Office for the Monitoring of the Labour Market and
Quality of Workplaces, co-financed from the European Social Fund  and
developed by the National Trade Union Bloc (BNS ). The study was conducted
by a group of experts coordinated by Professor Liviu Voinea, Minister of
Public Finance and Professor in International Business and Economics at
Bucharest’s National School of Political and Administrative Studies. The
group’s findings were published in February 2012.
This report describes recent structural shifts in employment in European labour markets before, during and after the 2008–2009 recession. It finds that employment destruction across Europe in the recession was strongly polarising in terms of the wage structure, while there was less polarisation in 2010–2012. A jobs based approach identifies how net employment shifts at Member State and EU level have been distributed across jobs in different quintiles of the wage distribution.
The study, ‘Women and men – work and life partnership’, published by
the National Institute of Statistics (INS ) at the end of 2012 uses data
collected during various INS surveys to analyse the gender pay gap  in
Romania. The study looks at:
The Labour Force Sample Survey (LFSS ) is conducted by the Czech
Statistical Office (ČSÚ ) every quarter on a randomly selected sample of
private households. It focuses on the economic status of people in the
country aged 15 and over. In 2010, the LFSS contained an ad hoc module on
work-life balance . The main topics of the survey, Harmonising work and
family life , were concerned with the influence of caring for children up
to 14 years of age on the economic activity of workers.
In January 2013, the annual report on collective bargaining  in 2012 was
published by the Collective Agreement Archive (WSI-Tarifarchiv ) of the
Institute for Economic and Social Research (WSI ) within the Hans Boeckler
Foundation (HBS ).