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  • Work programme
    3 January 2012

    The year 2012 marks the last year of Eurofound’s four-year 2009–2012 work programme Europe at work: Better life and opportunities for all. The drivers of change listed in the four-year-programme – globalisation, technological change, climate change and the demographic challenge – remain, but due to the financial and economic crisis, emphasis has shifted, and the impact of the crisis as well as the issues of stimulating growth and job creation have gained prominence. While continuing to focus on the completion of work under the current 4 year programme, the discussion on the priorities for the next four years will be a key part of Eurofound’s strategic work during 2012.

  • Article
    3 January 2012

    The European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC [1]) marked the 50th anniversary
    of the European Social Charter (ESC [2]) by adopting a resolution (388Kb PDF)
    [3] at its executive committee on 19–20 October 2011. It tells how the ESC
    has, since its adoption on 18 October 1961 by the Council of Europe [4],
    contributed to the improvement of people’s working and living conditions.
    It says that the charter is ‘one of the last safeguards to protect workers
    and citizens, in particular the most vulnerable’.

    [1] http://www.etuc.org/
    [2] http://www.coe.int/T/DGHL/Monitoring/SocialCharter/
    [3] http://www.etuc.org/IMG/pdf/EN-Declaration_50_Anniversary_ESC_adopted_resolution.pdf
    [4] http://www.coe.int/lportal/web/coe-portal

  • Article
    3 January 2012

    The draft law was announced by the government as part of its cost-cutting
    agreement with what is generally referred to in Greece as the troika, the
    three bodies responsible for drawing up the country’s financial reform
    package; the IMF [1], EU [2] and ECB [3]. The law, which implements the
    medium-term fiscal strategy framework 2012–2015, proposes:

    [1] http://www.imf.org
    [2] http://europa.eu/index_en.htm
    [3] http://www.ecb.int/

  • Article
    3 January 2012

    The UK’s Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government launched a
    review of employment law when it took office in May 2010 (*UK1005019I* [1]).
    The aim was to ‘maximise flexibility for both parties while protecting
    fairness and providing the competitive environment required for enterprise to
    thrive’, as stated in the coalition agreement (475Kb PDF) [2].

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/public-sector-cuts-loom-as-coalition-government-is-formed
    [2] http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/media/409088/pfg_coalition.pdf