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  • First European Quality of Life Survey: Families, work and social networks (summary)

    Family support, social contacts and an adequate work–life balance are essential factors in overall quality of life for individuals. However, time constraints resulting from changing work and family patterns are having a negative impact on personal life. People are finding it difficult to find time to look after older people and children and due to work pressures often put off starting a family until they are older. A recent Foundation report explores quality of life from the point of view of households and families in Europe. This paper is a short summary of the main findings of the report.
  • First European Quality of Life Survey: Life satisfaction, happiness and sense of belonging (summary)

    Promoting the well-being of people is a key goal of European social policy: happy, fulfilled and engaged citizens are the hallmark of a thriving society. Factors such as income, social relationships and time use all have a huge bearing on individuals’ quality of life. A recent Foundation report explores key components in personal happiness and sense of belonging. This paper is a short summary of the main findings of the report.
  • First European Quality of Life Survey: Income inequalities and deprivation (summary)

    Income security and economic well-being have a huge bearing on people’s overall quality of life. Recent enlargement of the European Union has reshaped the contours of the economic landscape in Europe, resulting in a widening of the gap between the richest and poorest countries. A recent Foundation report explores quality of life from the point of view of income inequalities and deprivation. This paper is a short summary of the main findings of the report.
  • Pensions Commission issues final report

    On 30 November 2005, the final report of the Pensions Commission was published. The Pensions Commission was established in December 2002 with a remit to monitor development of the UK pensions system over time and make recommendations for future reform. The Commission issued an interim report in October 2004 (UK0411107F [1]), which outlined the scale of the challenges posed by increasing life expectancy, an ageing population and low levels of personal saving, and warned that unless people were willing to pay more tax, save more or retire later, pensioners would face substantial cuts in their retirement income by 2035. The 400-page final report, A new pensions settlement for the 21st century [2], widely referred to as the 'Turner report', recommends reforms to the state system that involve a gradual move towards a more generous state pension, with the state pension age also increasing over the long term - in essence a higher pension at a later age - and the establishment of a new national pensions saving scheme. [1] [2]
  • Mixed reactions to 2006 budget from social partners

    In his 2006 budget speech in late October 2005, the Prime Minister affirmed that Malta’s GDP grew by 1.7% in the first nine months of 2005, up from 0.2% in 2004, and that growth of 1.1% in 2006 was anticipated. He added that the Nationalist Party government’s strategies to curb the public deficit have proved to be effective, as by the end of 2005 the deficit is due to drop to 3.9% of the GDP. It is envisaged that this downward trend will continue in order to attain the projected 2.8% target by 2006.
  • Sea Malta liquidated after failed privatisation bid

    Sea Malta Company Ltd, an enterprise with majority state ownership, operated transport services to and from Malta within the Mediterranean Sea. The company, which employed around 144 workers, served the national economy by providing sea transport services for the local manufacturing and retail enterprises. In line with its privatisation policy, government decided to divest itself of ownership of the enterprise (MT0507101N [1]). [1]
  • Irish Ferries dispute finally resolved after bitter stand-off

    A bitter industrial dispute at Irish Ferries (IE0509202F [1]) was ignited after management unilaterally issued proposals to replace 543 directly employed seafarers with predominantly eastern European agency crew, and to reflag its vessels to Cyprus in the process. This culminated in a stand-off, starting on 27 November 2005, whereby, provoked by management actions in bringing agency crews aboard Irish Ferries vessels backed by a security presence, local representatives and members from Ireland's largest union, the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU), responded by mobilising and applying industrial pressure. The result was that Irish Ferries ships were laid up in Welsh and Irish ports for close on three weeks. [1]
  • Performing arts social partners issue joint declaration on cultural diversity

    At a meeting of the EU social dialogue committee for the live performance sector, held in Brussels on 23 November 2005, the Performing Arts Employers Associations League Europe (PEARLE) and the European Arts & Entertainment Alliance (EAEA) - which represents 600,000 workers in the sector - concluded a joint declaration [1] on cultural diversity. The declaration refers to a recent United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions [2] and to the current negotiations over the General Agreement on Trades in Services (GATS) within the World Trade Organisation (WTO). [1]$FILE/joint declaration EAEA-Pearle-UNESCO-GATS-en.pdf [2]
  • European Parliament adopts resolution on globalisation

    On 15 November 2005, the European Parliament (EP) adopted an own-initiative resolution on the social dimension of globalisation. In the resolution, it makes reference [1] to the February 2004 report of the International Labour Organisation’s World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalisation (WCSDG) (EU0403205F [2]) and the European Commission’s Communication [3] on this issue, published in June 2004 (EU0406201N [4]). [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Agreement on working time Directive eludes December social Council

    Ministers met for an employment, social policy, health and consumer affairs Council in Brussels on 8-9 December 2005, under the UK Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The UK Presidency ends on 31 December.