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  • Social partners try to tackle high youth unemployment

    The economic crisis has forced many of Greece’s private sector enterprises to close or suspend operations. There have also been employment cuts in the public sector. This means that there is a rising youth unemployment problem in Greece, as young people are leaving school and university to find there is a lack of employment opportunities. Half of those aged 29 or under do not have a job, and this age group makes up one in three of all unemployed workers. Around half of this group have never had a job, and just over half have been out of work for more than a year.
  • Report proposes path out of economic crisis

    The annual report by the Labour Institute of the Greek General Confederation of Labour (INE/GSEE [1]) has made an evaluation of the Greek Government’s response to the economic crisis in the country, now in its sixth year. [1]
  • Survey reveals public discontent about wage inequality

    A public opinion survey (in Polish, 291 KB PDF) [1] in Poland has found there is concern about wage inequality in the country. The survey was carried out by Poland’s Public Opinion Research Centre (CBOS [2]). It was part of larger research project, Current problems and events, and carried out between 1–12 August 2013. It used a representative random sample of 902 adult Poles using computer assisted face-to-face interviews (CAPI). [1] [2]
  • Quality of life in Europe: Trends 2003‑2012

    Eurofound has conducted the European Quality of Life Survey EQLS) in 2003, 2007 and 2011. This report compares the results from the three waves to provide evidence of trends and change in the quality of life of Europeans over a decade. It also examines whether differences across EU Member States have narrowed or remained stable. One of its findings is that subjective well-being has remained stable across the EU as whole, but it also finds that financial strain in households has grown in the wake of the economic crisis. The report proposes a more active approach to social protection, as lower household income is a strong negative influence on quality of life, and especially so in an economic downturn.
  • Labour inspectorate reform comes into effect

    On 29 October 2013, French Labour Minister Michel Sapin sent a government statement (in French, 1MB PDF) [1] to the departments of his ministry about the implementation of labour inspectorate reform. The reform was later the subject of a paper on the reform of the labour inspectorate (in French) [2] presented to France’s Council of Ministers on 6 November 2013. [1] [2]
  • No cuts in unemployment insurance premiums

    On 17 September, the tripartite supervisory board of the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund (Töötukassa [1]) proposed reducing unemployment insurance premiums from 3% to 2.1%. The board were in favour of this proposal by four votes to two. Representatives of both employers and trade unions voted in favour, arguing that the EUIF’s current reserves are large enough to survive another crisis. By the end of 2013, the net assets of the EUIF were expected to be €525.3 million, predicted to increase to €529.4 million by the end of 2014. According to the social partners’ estimates, at the reduced rate of 2.1% the EUIF would collect €125.7 million gross revenue in 2014 and its expected outgoings would be €121.6 million. [1]
  • New collective agreement on temporary agency work

    Various types of temporary work in Belgium have different contractual agreements. These include paid training schemes, student jobs, occasional work, service vouchers, apprenticeships, fixed-term contracts and temporary agency work [1]. Most of these work contracts are partly or fully covered by Collective Agreement 36 of 27 November 1981. [1]
  • Early childhood education and care: Working conditions and training opportunities

    The aim of this working paper is to provide information about the working conditions and in-service training opportunities of early childhood education and care (ECEC) workers and to describe how these factors are linked to outcomes for children. This paper is part of the research project ‘Assessing childcare services’ being carried out by Eurofound in 2013 and 2014. The project focuses on the two dimensions of early childhood education and care that have been the main focus of policy initiatives at European level: ensuring that services are accessible and that they are of good quality.
  • ERM Quarterly - Issue 4, January 2014

    Recent months have seen an improvement in economic outlook, a calming of the sovereign debt crisis and a stabilisation of unemployment rates. ECB President Mario Draghi was, however, cautious in his assessment of the emergent European recovery in January, calling it ‘modest’, ‘weak’ and ‘fragile’. This fourth issue for 2013 includes: Macroeconomic trends and prospects; Job creation and job loss at a glance (1/10/13 - 31/12/13); Sectoral distribution of job losses/job gains, and top five cases; Support instruments for restructuring in Greece; Cases in focus: RTVV, Spain - Liepajas Metalurgs, Latvia; Retail sector in focus – Amazon's expansion.
  • Quality of life in Europe: Quality of society and public services

    This report explores how Europeans perceive the quality of their societies, and of their public services. It looks at such aspects of society as trust in institutions and other people, perceived tensions between social groups, attitudes towards migrants and the effects of the economic crisis on social inclusion and social cohesion. It finds that satisfaction with the economic situation of one’s country, not being in employment and overall life satisfaction appear to boost satisfaction with public services; hardship appears to reduce it. In societal terms, trust in institutions decreased visibly from 2007 to 2011. Trust in people however changed less than trust in institutions and is more similar across the EU. A positive relationship exists between trust in institutions and satisfaction with the economic situation of one’s own country; a negative relationship between trust in institutions and inequality. And tensions were perceived to be highest between different racial and ethnic groups and between rich and poor.