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  • Uncovering the hidden face of undeclared work

    The book /Invisible Portugal/, published in 2010 and reprinted in 2012, includes a chapter called ‘Is Undeclared Work Invisible?’ This chapter explores the relationship between regular employment and undeclared work. It identifies a range of possible motives for undeclared work, and show how they impact on several areas of Portuguese life. A new study, based on the 2007 Eurobarometer survey on Undeclared Work in the European Union (1Mb PDF) [1], examines a number of key issues across the EU Member States and compares Portugal to other countries. [1]
  • Spotlight on gender wage gap and qualification levels

    Since its first edition in 2005, the PLUS (Participation, Labour and Unemployment Survey) (in Italian) [1], carried out by the Institute of Training and Labour Studies (Isfol [2]), has been among the richest sources of information relating to gender differences in the labour market in Italy. It is especially useful for information regarding the gender pay gap (IT0611049I [3]). [1] [2] [3]
  • Minimum wage rises by 2.7%

    On 18 January 2013, at a sitting of the Economic and Social Council of Slovenia (ESS [1]), the Government and the social partners decided that from 1 January 2013, until 31 December 2013, the minimum wage in Slovenia would be €783.66 – an increase of 2.7%. The Minister for Labour was given the go-ahead to publish the new minimum wage in the official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia (in Slovenian) [2] at end of January 2013. [1] [2]
  • Unions censure cut in consultation period for redundancies

    In December 2012, the UK Government confirmed that it intended to make changes to existing statutory provisions requiring consultation over redundancies. The principal change would be to reduce the current 90-day minimum consultation period to 45 days for large scale redundancies affecting more than 100 employees.
  • Impact of new austerity measures on industrial relations

    On 6 November 2012, the Greek Government – formed by a three-party coalition of New Democracy [1], PASOK [2] and Democratic Left [3] – submitted the third package of austerity measures to the Hellenic Parliament [4] for approval. This third memorandum document was called Approval of the medium-term fiscal strategy framework 2013–2016 – Urgent measures for the implementation of Law 4046/2012 and the medium-term fiscal strategy framework 2013–2016. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Unions demonstrate against proposed pension reform

    On 2 February 2012, Luxembourg’s Minister of Social Security, Mars Di Bartolomeo, presented the government’s draft reform (in French, 905Kb PDF) [1] of the state pension system. According to the proposals, the burden of financing the pension system would be shared between the workers, employers and the state. [1]
  • Wages and working conditions in the crisis

    The economic and financial crisis of 2008–2010 has impacted on pay in most EU Member States leading to wage deceleration, pay freezes and sometimes pay cuts. The crisis hit vulnerable groups (low-skilled, young, migrants) particularly hard. Data from five key sectors (manufacturing, construction, accommodation and food services, financial services, public administration) reveal more crisis effects on employment than on wages. Cuts in low-paid and temporary jobs, or reductions in their hours, tended to be the first measure adopted while the ‘wage cushion’ often seen in higher-ranking jobs allowed cost savings through cuts in bonuses and other rewards. Cutting wages is also seen as detrimental to worker motivation and retention. Most responses taken were temporary with few trade-offs at company level between wages and other elements of the employment relationship.
  • Enhancing role of cooperatives in the social economy

    The role of cooperatives as a mainstay of the social economy in Bulgaria was discussed at an international conference held in Sofia on 4 December 2012 to mark the conclusion of the 2012 UN International Year of Cooperatives. The event was attended by social partners, representatives of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), experts and academics. Discussions involved members of parliament (MPs), experts from the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, and managers of cooperatives and associations.
  • Crisis of social dialogue

    When the liberal Civil Platform (PO [1]) won the parliamentary elections in 2007, trade unions feared the marginalisation of social dialogue [2]. However, the coalition government – made up of PO and the peasant Polish People’s Party (PSL [3]) – attached more importance to social dialogue [4] than the previous government of Law and Justice (PiS [5]). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  • Controversial ‘shares for rights’ employment status

    On 8 October 2012, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, unexpectedly announced that the Conservative [1]-Liberal Democrat [2] Coalition Government intended to establish a new type of employment status – that of ‘employee owner’. The plan was unveiled at the Conservative Party’s annual conference. Employee owners would receive shares in the business they worked for, which would be exempt from capital gains tax. In return they would forgo a series of statutory employment rights, including protection against unfair dismissal. [1] [2]