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  • Trade union protest over 2014 budget plans

    In early autumn 2013, the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB [1]) carried out its Trade union barometer 2013 survey. Against a background of severe political and socio-economic conditions, CITUB wished to consult with its members in order to formulate its position. [1]
  • New government paves way for labour reforms

    In the parliamentary elections of 2013, Norway’s centre-left government was replaced by a right-wing coalition of the Conservative Party (Hoyre [1]), whose leader Erna Solberg is the new Prime Minister, and the Progress Party (FrP [2]). The new government will seek support for their political platform from two smaller parties, the Christian Democrats (KrF [3]) and the Liberal Party (Venstre [4]). After the election, all four parties agreed the basic guiding principles for a new government, although the two larger parties were to be the coalition partners. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Tackling low pay for part-time workers

    A recent study in Austria has shown that part-time workers have significantly lower hourly wages than full-time workers. The study comes from the Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection (BMASK [1]). It is based on an analysis of the Structure of Earnings Survey 2010 data, which is conducted every four years by Statistics Austria [2]. [1] [2]
  • New coalition agreement changes labour market rules

    Elections were held in Germany on 22 September 2013, with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the Christian Democrats (CDU [1]), winning by a clear margin. The CDU secured 41.5% of the vote, a gain of 7.7 percentage points compared to 2009. The Social Democrats (SPD [2]) were in second place with 25.7%, up 2.7 percentage points on 2009. [1] [2]
  • United Kingdom: Trends in skills requirements and work-related issues

    The first findings of the 2012 Skills and Employment Survey, published in early 2013, present an up-to-date, authoritative picture of British employees’ experiences and views regarding their current work situation. The survey focuses on skill requirements, training, task discretion and job control, job-related well-being, fears over job loss and unfair treatment at work, and work intensification. In comparing the findings with those of the 2006 survey, the survey also shows the impact of the recession in both private and public sectors.
  • Representativeness of the European social partner organisations: Electricity sector

    This study provides information designed to aid sectoral social dialogue in the electricity sector. The study is divided into three parts: a summary of the sector’s economic and employment background; an analysis of the social partner organisations in all EU Member States, with emphasis on their membership, their role in collective bargaining, social dialogue and public policy, and their national and European affiliations; and finally, an analysis of the relevant European organisations, particularly their membership composition and their capacity to negotiate. The aim of the EIRO series of representativeness studies is to identify the relevant national and supranational social partner organisations in the field of industrial relations in selected sectors. The impetus for these studies arises from the European Commission’s desire to recognise the representative social partner organisations to be consulted under the provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).
  • Estonia: Representativeness of the European social partner organisations in the electricity sector

    The electricity sector in Estonia is very small, with the share of employment in 2011 at around 1.3% of total national employment. Despite the financial crisis, the number of employees has remained quite stable, although the number of enter...
  • Greece: Representativeness of the European social partner organisations in the electricity sector

    The Greek electricity sector accounted for 0.6 % of total employment in the economy in 2012, with 22,911 employees (of which 15,117 are men and 7,794 women). This accounted for 0.9% of the total paid employees, of which 80% are public-secto...
  • Malta: Representativeness of the European social partner organisations in the electricity sector

    Although the Maltese government has, in recent years, incentivised the use of renewable energy sources for the production of electricity, uptake remains well below the established projections. Malta thus depends heavily on heavy fuel oil fo...
  • Pay and conditions of Commission members under scrutiny

    In 2012–2013, researchers carried out a study of labour dispute resolution in Lithuania. The research was carried out by the Institute of Labour and Social Research (ILSR [1]) of the Lithuanian Social Research Centre (LSRC [2]). [1] [2]