Publications

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  • Article
    22 December 2010

    A new book, Making Equality Count [1], exploring the linkages between
    discrimination [2] and inequality in Ireland and a number of other countries
    was published in November 2010. The book draws on Irish and international
    research on inequality that adopts a range of different methods to address
    key questions about the incidence, distribution and effects of discrimination
    and inequality, as well as considering some of its antecedents. The book
    originated from papers presented at a conference in Dublin in June 2010
    organised by the Equality Authority [3], the Economic and Social Research
    Institute (ESRI [4]), the Central Statistics Office (CSO [5]) and the Geary
    Institute [6], University College Dublin. Its publication was co-funded under
    PROGRESS [7] – the European Union’s Programme for Employment and Social
    Solidarity.

    [1] http://www.equality.ie/index.asp?locID=105&docID=947
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/discrimination
    [3] http://www.equality.ie/
    [4] http://www.esri.ie/
    [5] http://www.cso.ie
    [6] http://www.ucd.ie/geary/
    [7] http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=327

  • Article
    22 December 2010

    The establishment of the Danish Board of Equal Treatment
    (Ligebehandlingsnævnet [1]) in 2009 made it possible for people to lodge
    complaints about all discrimination-related issues covered by EU legislation.
    In addition to gender and ethnicity, the issues that people could file
    complaints over were extended to include discrimination on the basis of age,
    disability, sexual orientation, political views, religion, and social and
    national origin.

    [1] http://www.ligebehandlingsnaevnet.dk/

  • Article
    14 December 2010

    The economic crisis has hit Europe hard and Denmark is no exception, with the
    majority of union representatives reporting that their workplace has been
    affected by the economic crisis in one way or another. These are the findings
    of a recent study by Trine Larsen, Steen Navrbjerg and Mikkel Møller
    Johansen from the Employment Relations Research Centre (FAOS [1]) at the
    University of Copenhagen entitled /Trade/ /union representatives and the
    workplace in 2010./

    [1] http://faos.sociology.ku.dk/?lan=en

  • Article
    12 December 2010

    Maltese law already provides for the European minimum of 14 weeks of
    maternity leave, paid in full by employers. The employers’ associations
    dislike the new proposal because they say it would, according to a study [1]
    conducted by the Malta Business Bureau (MBB [2]), cost the employers an extra
    €12 million annually. MBB says this would damage the competitiveness of the
    Maltese economy and accuses the European Parliament of being ‘detached from
    the signs of time’. The bureau also fears it could be fatal for Maltese
    small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which play a vital role in the
    national economy.

    [1] http://www.mbb.org.mt/Articles/Article.aspx?Section=policies&ArticleId=1195&Article=Maternity+Leave+Impact+Assessment&Redir=
    [2] http://www.mbb.org.mt/

  • Article
    12 December 2010

    The pact on apprenticeships (/Ausbildungspakt/) was introduced in 2004 by the
    federal government and representatives of German employers and business
    organisations to avoid the introduction of a training levy which was being
    discussed by the governing coalition at that time (*DE0407105F* [1]). The
    pact was extended for the first time in 2007 (*DE0802029I* [2]). It was
    extended again, on 26 October 2010, until 2014.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/training-levy-law-avoided-by-pact
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/pact-on-apprenticeships-exceeded-objectives-in-2007

  • Article
    12 December 2010

    The Social and Economic Council (SER [1]) issued its first recommendations on
    the position of the self-employed person [2] in September 2010. SER
    identified a 33% increase in the number of self-employed workers over the
    past decade: at over 675,000 people this amounted to around 9% of the
    national workforce in 2009.

    [1] http://www.ser.nl/
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/self-employed-person

  • Article
    12 December 2010

    A joint programme for securing employment and economic growth compiled by
    social partners in Finland was released in mid October. Labour market
    organisations are particularly pleased that the scope of discussion has been
    extended from the statutory minimum age of retirement towards a wide-ranging
    discussion on the length of working life.

  • Article
    12 December 2010

    So far, new collective agreements for approximately 300,000 employees have
    been made this autumn in Finland. The autumn 2010 bargaining round has been
    taking place in the context of a severe economic crisis which has weakened
    the competitiveness of many Finnish companies. At the same time, the overall
    economy and exports have started to grow again. In 2009, average employee
    earnings increased by 3.9%, although Finland experienced a sharp drop in
    gross domestic product (GDP) of about 8%.

  • Article
    12 December 2010

    In the last quarter of 2010, the public dialogue on the future of air
    carriers in Cyprus intensified, along with government’s efforts to retain
    one state-run national carrier, in view of the political decision to
    irrevocably shut down state-run Eurocypria on 13 November 2010 (the day
    coinciding with the end of the company’s summer flight schedule). Meetings
    between the Ministry of Finance and union representatives at both Eurocypria
    and Cyprus Airways [1], which had begun the previous month, continued during
    October 2010.

    [1] http://www.cyprusair.com/

  • Article
    28 November 2010

    Three researchers (Seamus McGuinness, Elish Kelly and Philip O’Connell)
    from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI [1]) have assessed the
    impact of institutional wage bargaining arrangements on average labour costs
    [2] in the private sector in Ireland. The results of their study were
    published in the October 2010 edition of /Industrial Relations/ in a paper
    entitled, The impact of wage bargaining regime on firm-level competitiveness
    and wage inequality: the case of Ireland [3]. The study analysed data from
    6,500 private sector companies drawn from the 2003 National Employment Survey
    (1.79Mb PDF) [4] of the Central Statistics Office (CSO [5]).

    [1] http://www.esri.ie/
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/labour-costs
    [3] http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2010.00618.x/abstract
    [4] http://www.cso.ie/releasespublications/documents/earnings/nationalemploymentsurvey_2003/nes_2003.pdf
    [5] http://www.cso.ie/