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Job quality indexes are constructed on the basis of such aspects of working conditions as earnings, prospects, working time, and intrinsic job quality. Occupations where job quality is consistently low are labelled ‘occupations with multiple disadvantages’. This report uses data from the fifth European Working Conditions Survey to identify such occupations. It finds that workers in mid-skilled manual and lowskilled occupations do quite poorly when it comes to earnings, prospects and intrinsic job quality, and they report relatively low levels of both physical and mental well-being. However, their working time quality is generally good. In contrast, workers in high-skilled occupations do relatively well on almost all job quality indicators, except working time.
The first Zanzibar Working Conditions Survey, 2010, found that the incidence of physical risks, namely exposure to vibrations, noise and high temperatures, is high. The survey was based on the Global Module for Working Conditions Survey, developed jointly by the ILO and Eurofound to provide a comprehensive and systematic review of changes in quality of working life in developing countries. The Zanzibar study is presented as a follow-up and completion of the study on Working conditions in Tanzania in 2009, Zanzibar being a semi-autonomous part United Republic of Tanzania.
In October 2013 the Swedish multinational company Electrolux, which employs
about 5,700 people in Italy, announced that it would close its plant in
Porcìa (Pordenone) with the loss of 1,200 jobs, and move production of its
washing machines to Poland. The company has three other plants in northern
Italy; Solaro (Milan) for dishwashers, Forlì, for ovens and gas hobs, and
Susegana (Treviso) for fridges and freezers.
Discussions have been taking place in Croatia about amendments to the
country’s Labour Act. Understanding employment trends and their
determinants may be valuable when it comes to formulating labour market
policies, especially in the context of the fallout from the global economic
On 27 November 2013 the Parliament of Slovakia  adopted a number of
amendments to the country’s Labour Market Regulation Act. The majority of
amendments tightened regulations covering temporary work  and the
operation of temporary work agencies (TWAs) (*SI0207101F* ).
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Early in 2013, Slovenia was on the brink of needing the help of the Troika
– the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International
Monetary Fund – to support its ailing national finances. On 20 May 2013,
the Slovenian government and public sector trade unions concluded an
agreement to cut the public sector wage bill and to help the government fend
off a bail-out.
Work absenteeism statistics in Slovenia suggest that between 38,000 and
40,000 employees are off work every day. The figures show the country loses
10 million working days a year due to temporary absence from work for health
reasons – such as illness and injury – or because family members need
An alliance between the Fiat Group  and the Chrysler Group  dates back
to 2009. The two groups announced they had signed a preliminary agreement for
the creation of a strategic global alliance on 20 January 2009. On 10 June
2009 they signed another agreement, which meant Fiat would acquire 20% of the
American group. The aim was for Fiat to increase this share, subject to the
conditions and to the achievement of the objectives included in the agreement
(*IT0902019I* , *IT0905019I* ).