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A white paper entitled ‘Shared responsibility for a good and decent working
life’ (in Norwegian)  was presented at the end of August 2011 to the
Norwegian parliament. It demonstrates that while working conditions are good
for the vast majority of Norwegian workers, two challenges have to be
This is the twelfth year in which the Annual Report on the Greek Economy and
Employment (in Greek)  has been published by the Labour Institute of the
Greek General Confederation of Labour (INE/GSEE ) and the Confederation of
Public Servants (ADEDY ). The report is expected to contribute to the
public debate about the developments in the economy, the labour market and
labour relations, and the main macroeconomic indicators, such as labour
productivity, wages, expenditure and investments.
The social partners in manufacturing, the Central Organisation of Industrial
Employees (CO-industri ) and the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI
), established an Equal Pay Tribunal with effect from 1 June 2011. It is
modelled on the same lines as the Dismissals Tribunal  and the social
partners, in collaboration with the Labour Court, have appointed a Supreme
Court judge as chair and two other Supreme Court judges as stand-ins. The
tribunal deals with matters of interpretation and understanding of the Equal
Pay Act , violation of the Equal Pay Act, and the incorporation of the
law’s provisions in both the overall Industry Agreement and the Industry
Agreement for Salaried Employees between CO-industri and DI. Cases of
gender-based unequal pay have been dealt with so far by the civil courts but,
with the creation of this tribunal, will now go through the labour law system
and be governed by its collective bargaining principles.
With a particular focus on the crisis and responses to it, this annual review highlights developments in working conditions and industrial relations in the EU Member States and Norway in 2010, both at national and EU level. At national level, the report examines key issues covered by collective bargaining (pay and working time) and looks at developments in social partner activity and industrial action. It also looks at company restructuring, the impact of the crisis and approaches to pension reform in light of demographic change. At European level, it reviews the year’s main events and trends in employment legislation and policy (in areas like paternity/maternity leave and working time), as well as in the European social dialogue at crosssectoral, sectoral and company levels. The final chapter focuses on training initiatives provided or supported by enterprises for their employees during the recession.
The key aim of the proposals outlined in the consultation paper (205Kb PDF)
 is to create a new integrated two-tier structure to replace five existing
employment rights and industrial relations bodies in Ireland, namely:
Social security thresholds have been agreed for 50 of Bulgaria’s 85
employment sectors, and so far the average increase is running at 7%. If
thresholds cannot be agreed in the remaining 35 sectors, then this average
would normally be applied across the board. However, because the social
partners cannot agree and businesses have raised concerns that increasing the
thresholds too much will damage the labour market (*BG1009021I* ), the
Minister of Labour and Social Policy Totyu Mladenov has asked the National
Council for Tripartite Cooperation to consider whether the proposed general
7% increase is too high.
On 6 September 2011, social partners in the European chemical sector signed a
voluntary agreement that explores ways of making the chemical industry more
sustainable. The agreement looks as ways in which the sector can improve
processes to help find solutions for global problems such as energy and water
consumption, reduction of emissions and production of enough food, while
protecting natural resources, biodiversity and the environment.
On 22 July 2011, the European Commission issued a staff working paper (235Kb
PDF)  examining the implementation of Council Directive 91/383/EEC  of
25 June 1991 on measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health
at work of workers with fixed term or temporary contracts. The working paper
is based on:
The study on Subjective measure of quality of work life’ (Tööelu
kvaliteedi subjektiivne mõõde (152Kb PDF) ) by Statistics Estonia
(Statistikaamet ) examined the factors that influence employees’ job
satisfaction. The analysis is based on data from the Work Life Survey (WLS)
conducted by Statistics Estonia and the Ministry of Social Affairs
(Sotsiaalministeerium ) in 2009.
In 2003, Eurofound, launched the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM). It is, to date, the only EU wide source of information on company restructuring providing data overviews and allowing a follow-up in-depth research of individual cases. Read more on the ERM web pages.