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  • Unions fear eastern European workers may be exploited

    In 2011, almost 13,360 foreigners registered with the body implementing employee insurance schemes (UWV), up from 9,756 in 2010. More than 60% of these workers originate from Bulgaria or Romania. Without a valid work permit, people from these countries may only work as self-employed individuals or be seconded. However, despite the economic downturn and slump in the construction industry, the number of posted Romanians and Bulgarians rose by 35% in 2011. At the beginning of 2012, a 16% increase in the number of self-employed Romanians and Bulgarians was registered. Many, however, do not appear in official statistics and it is estimated that between 80,000 and 100,000 Bulgarians and Romanians are employed in undeclared work [1] (*NL1111019I* [2]). In mid-2010, the Minister of Social Affairs, Henk Kamp, tried to discourage less well-educated Romanians and Bulgarians from working in the Netherlands by announcing that it would become more difficult for them to obtain work permits, although 7,640 work permits were still granted in 2010. Those critical of the minister's measures predicted that these people would find another way to work in the Netherlands, and were proved correct as the increasing number of posted workers [3] shows. [1] [2] [3]
  • Key cases highlight impact of consultation legislation

    The Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations [1] first came into effect in England, Wales and Scotland in April 2005, applying initially to businesses with 150 or more employees (*UK0502103N* [2]). The ICE regulations were then extended to those with 100–149 employees in April 2007, and to those with 50–99 employees in April 2008. The collective provisions of the regulations are enforced via complaints to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC [3]). The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT [4]) hears appeals and is responsible for issuing penalty notices. Separate arrangements apply in Northern Ireland. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • European Commission launches new consultation on restructuring

    The European social partners have been working on the issue of restructuring [1] for a number of years and even tried to agree a common text. After a first consultation, launched by the Commission in 2002, on how to anticipate and manage the social effects of corporate restructuring, the social partners negotiated ‘Orientations for reference in managing change and its social consequences [2]’ in 2003. [1] [2]
  • Unions divided over Euro Pact

    Sweden was one of the four European Union member states that threatened to overturn an EU 27 agreement to help strengthen the euro. However, having taken a stand against the pact, the Swedish government and Swedish Social Democrats (Socialdemokraterna [1]) finally accepted it on 27 January 2012. After clearance from the Swedish parliament’s EU committee to approve protocol changes agreed by the eurozone countries, Sweden decided not to stand in the way of the pact. [1]
  • Fincantieri to cut 1,200 jobs in restucturing plan

    The Fincantieri Group [1], a state-run Italian company controlled by the Ministry of the Economy, is one of the most important shipbuilders in the world. It employs about 8,500 people in Italy in eight ship-building yards, producing cruise liners, cargo ships, merchant and military vessels. It also controls various companies abroad. [1]
  • Cautious welcome for changes to Labour Code

    The new amendment makes six major changes to the Czech Labour Code (no. 262/2006 Coll.).
  • Sharp increase in flexible working during the recession

    The incidence and impact of flexible working arrangement and equality policies in Irish workplaces are examined in a report, Workplace equality in the recession? The incidence and impact of equality policies and flexible working (1.18Mb PDF) [1], commissioned by the Equality Authority [2] and released by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI [3]) in November 2011. The study draws on data from the National Workplace Survey 2009 (2.14Mb PDF) [4], collected after Ireland entered recession, and compares the situation in 2009 with the findings of a similar survey conducted in 2003. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Factors influencing women’s decision to return to work

    At the end of 2011, the Institute for Employment Research (IAB [1]) released its latest findings on the female employment situation in Germany (in German, 452Kb PDF) [2]. As earlier research has shown, career breaks play a major role in widening the gender pay gap [3]. They can also have a negative effect on the participation rate of women in further training, worsen their prospects for promotion and reduce their pension entitlements. [1] [2] [3]
  • Eurofound News, Issue 3, March 2012

    This issue contains the following articles: Findings in Figures; Flexicurity under the spotlight; EU ambassadors visit Eurofound; News in brief; and Latest publications.
  • The second phase of flexicurity: an analysis of practices and policies in the Member States

    Flexicurity is a strategy intended to enhance both flexibility and security in the labour market and has been on the agenda of public and policy discussions across Europe since the 1990s. In light of the recent economic crisis, the question has arisen whether flexicurity, which was developed in times of good economic and labour market performance, would also work in ‘bad weather’. This research project aims to investigate the implementation of flexicurity across the European Union by analysing a large number of public and social partner-based instruments that combine an element of flexibility and security. This research should contribute to making the somewhat ambiguous concept of flexicurity more tangible, by providing numerous examples of how flexicurity can be realised.