EIRObserver (Issue 3/02)
EIRObserver is the bi-monthly bulletin of the European Industrial Relations Observatory. It contains an edited selection of feature and news items, based on some of the reports supplied for the EIROnline database over each two-month period. On top of this, EIRO also conducts comparative research on specific themes. The comparative supplement looks at the general development of the pay gap in the EU and Norway: statutory measures to combat pay discrimination against women and improve their pay conditions; the relationship between the issue of gender pay equity and collective bargaining; the approach taken by the social parents and the pay equity issue with EU Member States' National Action Plans for employment. It concludes that, despite occasional successes and moderate progress made in the right direction, the road towards pay equity is proving a long one. The general impression is that pay equity is not a central issue in collective bargaining, despite some innovative initiatives.