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This comparative report from the European Restructuring Monitor is based on data from correspondents in 28 EU Member States and Norway. It examines the reasons for the growth in temporary employment contracts across the EU and explores the situation regarding access to social protection for young people on temporary or fixed-term contracts. It reviews the measures put in place in various countries to regulate the use of these contracts – often with a view to encouraging the transition to standard contracts – and finally presents the opinions of the social partners on the issue. An executive summary is also available.
On 29 April 2013, a group of 80 Norwegian workers began a strike in a dispute
with their employer, the IT company Atea . The workers were all members of
the Electricians’ and IT Workers’ Union (EL&IT ), a trade union
affiliated to the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO ).
Bulgaria's state-owned postal company, Bulgarian Posts Plc (BG Posts ),
provides universal and non-universal postal services and delivers some social
functions including payment of unemployment benefits, social assistance and
pensions. It is the largest state-owned company in Bulgaria, employing about
12,000 workers. Of these, 34% are part-time workers earning a monthly wage of
BGN 517 (€260), and postmen who earn on average BGN 340 (€170). Both
rates of pay are much lower than the national average of BGN 790 (€395).
This report examines social inequalities in the distribution of freedoms and opportunities among individuals and population subgroups in Europe. Using data from the European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS), the report builds up an evidence base on social inequalities in four critical areas of life: health, standard of living, productive and valued activities, and individual, family and social life. It examines the role of important determinants of social inequalities including gender, age, disability status, employment status and citizenship status, as well as other drivers. The report finds that, in some instances, there is evidence of disadvantages becoming more prevalent and social inequalities widening between the second wave of the EQLS in 2007 and the third wave in 2011. It recommends that growing policy attention to the multidimensional aspects of well-being be coupled with effective public action to address social inequalities and integrated into general policies at the European and Member State levels.
This report is the first output of Eurofound’s research project on the impacts of the recent financial and economic crisis on access to publicly financed healthcare services in the EU. It aims to provide an overview of context and developments, setting the scene for the ongoing research project. Following a description of the policy context, this report goes on to explore how the crisis has impacted demand for and supply of healthcare services. It characterises different dimensions of access and discusses how the crisis may have impacted on barriers to access. It highlights groups that have traditionally been in vulnerable situations with regard to access, as well as those that may have been particularly affected by the crisis.
The re-examination of evaluation and pay systems in the public sector is part
of a major reform of the civil service that has been in progress since 2009.
There has been more intense focus on this issue since 2011, as a result of
closer European economic governance. The Memorandum of Understanding on
Specific Economic Policy Conditionality (230KB PDF) , which was finalised
on 25 March 2013, stipulates that the authorities will commission an
independent external review as part of the reform of public services, with a
view to introducing an appropriate system of pay and working conditions.
There will also be a new performance-based appraisal system to assess career
development and eligibility for promotion and to link performance with pay
The Italian government has introduced a law by decree (in Italian, 450KB PDF)
 that aims to address the issues set out in the European Commission 
Council Recommendation on Italy's 2013 national reform programme and
delivering a Council opinion on Italy’s stability programme for 2012–2017
(COM (2013) 362 final, 67.0KB PDF ).
On 1 October 2013, Romania's National Trade Union Confederation (CNS Cartel
Alfa ) announced on its website that daily protests would be staged by
workers across the country for an indefinite period. This decision was made
in response to the government’s failure to engage in true social dialogue
and fulfil commitments made during its election campaign. In its website
statement, CNS Cartel Alfa criticises the Romanian government for not keeping
promises its members made while they were in opposition: