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  • ERM Report 2009: Restructuring in recession

    Over the course of 2008 and 2009, the world economy experienced one of the most serious recessions in modern times. In July 2009, 22 million men and women were unemployed throughout Europe, five million more than a year previously. Moreover, the situation may well still have further to play out: experience of previous recessions suggests that the full effect of the downturn upon employment has yet to materialise. Eurofound’s analysis of restructuring and job loss over the past year is collated and reviewed in this, the fourth annual report of the European Restructuring Monitor. Analysing the effects of the recession upon employment, it also looks in detail how particular sectors, countries and occupations have been affected, and examines a range of responses that have been taken to safeguard employment - at the company, Member State and European level.
  • New law widens scope of Sunday trading

    In France, the principle of Sunday being a rest day is guaranteed by a law going back to 1906. However, there are many exemptions for sectors of economic activity that have to function seven days a week, such as transport, healthcare and some parts of the retail trade, notably small food shops; the latter are allowed to stay open until Sunday midday.
  • Study examines state of corporate democracy

    A report (in Norwegian, 1.86Mb PDF) [1] examining the state of industrial democracy in Norway was recently published by the independent and multidisciplinary research foundation Fafo [2]. The report, which was released in August 2009, explores the issues of corporate democracy, co-determination [3], participation and influence in 2009. The findings are based on a survey conducted among 3,300 employees in Norway in companies with 10 or more employees. Additional questions were posed to employees who were elected representatives or had management responsibilities. The survey included questions relating to individual employees’ influence over their own work situation, as well as questions on the formal arrangements enabling collective influence at the workplace. In addition to the survey, the researchers also interviewed 30 leaders and 30 employee representatives or safety deputies, as well as representatives of the social partner organisations. The study covers both the public and private sectors. [1] [2] [3]
  • Use of ‘ecocheques’ a feature of current sectoral bargaining

    On 22 December 2008, the peak national social partner organisations in the private sector concluded the intersectoral collective agreement for the period 2009–2010 (*BE0901019I* [1]). Every two years, this agreement acts as a general framework for the subsequent sectoral bargaining rounds in Belgium. The social partners insisted on the ‘exceptional’ character of the 2009–2010 intersectoral agreement on account of it being adapted due to the current economic situation. The agreement aims to restore workers’ and employers’ confidence in the economy by finding a balance between competitiveness, purchasing power and employment levels. [1]
  • Irish employee training and skills survey

    /A new working conditions survey assessing employee skills and training levels in Ireland was published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in February 2009. The survey reveals that 45.5% of all enterprises provided internal and/or external training courses for their employees. Course attendees spent an average of 3.2 days on courses, while employers spent an average of €254 per employee on training. The study points to considerable differences in training provision and skills shortages by sector and company size. A particularly significant finding is the high percentage of enterprises that have acute shortages of managerial skills./
  • Second time around Irish vote yes for Lisbon

    In October 2009, the Lisbon Treaty [1] was passed by Irish voters by a two-to-one majority – with Irish citizens voting in favour of the treaty by a final margin of 67.1% to 32.9%. This represents a 20.5% swing towards the yes side since the first Lisbon Treaty referendum, which was held in 2008. The country’s government, along with the main opposition parties, employers and most trade unions were all in the yes camp on this occasion. The no side consisted of a variety of groups, including some trade unions. Opponents of the Lisbon Treaty raised a wide variety of objections – including with regard to neutrality, abortion and the perceived impact on workers’ rights. [1]
  • Women workers make up majority of ‘700-euro generation’

    A survey entitled ‘Work and trade unions’, carried out by the company V-Project Research Consulting (VPRC [1]), gives a profile of workers whose net pay is less than €750. It is a quantitative survey commissioned by the Greek General Confederation of Labour (Γενική Συνομοσπονδία Εργατών Ελλάδας, GSEE [2]) and was conducted in the period from 14 June to 10 July 2008. A method of individual face-to-face interviews was implemented, using a structured questionnaire, based on a sample of 1,300 employed and unemployed people aged over 18 years. [1] [2]
  • Gender differences in quality of work and life

    The project ‘QUALITY of life in a changing Europe [1]’ (2006–2009) has been conducted in eight countries – Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the UK – under the European Community Sixth Framework Programme. Based on quantitative and qualitative research, the project aimed to examine how European citizens living in different welfare state regimes evaluate the quality of their lives and workplaces. The surveys conducted within the project put special focus on the gender dimension of the quality of work [2] and life. The study findings are summarised in the reports ‘Differences between men and women in work quality [3]’ and ‘Differences between men and women in quality of life (224Kb PDF) [4]’. [1] [2] [3] [4] 7 3_Final Gender Report.pdf
  • Role of mediation in workplace conflict resolution

    A study commissioned by the Association of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia (Zveza svobodnih sindikatov Slovenije, ZSSS [1]) and conducted by an interdisciplinary research team at the University of Ljublijana [2] in 2008 and 2009 focuses on the role of mediation as a method for resolving disputes in companies and for achieving equal opportunities [3] in the Slovenian labour market. Mediation is an amicable method of resolving disputes based on the principles of equality and mutual respect for differences, ensuring a safe and non-discriminatory work environment. [1] [2] [3]
  • Greece: Quality of work and employment of low-qualified workers

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