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  • Communiqué (6/04)

    Communiqué: special issue on the Foundation Forum 2004 dealing with the issue of work-life balance.
  • Company practices regarding older workers

    The survey was compiled as part of a study, Older workers: Public policies and company practices (2.72Mb PDF; in Portuguese) [1] (Trabalhadores mais velhos: políticas públicas e práticas empresariais), and published in 2003 by the Ministry for Social Security and Labour [2] (Ministério da Segurança Social e do Trabalho). It aims to contribute to the debate on active ageing which is currently taking place in Portugal. [1] [2]
  • Labour market challenges debated at Labour Relations Commission forum

    The Labour Relations Commission, one of Ireland’s main dispute-resolution bodies, organised a high-level symposium in Dublin on 11 November 2004 entitled 'Meeting the challenge of change: Irish labour market issues in a global economy'. The aim was to bring together policy-makers and practitioners to debate the major issues facing Irish industrial relations in future. The event drew a range of participants from business, trade unions, politics and the various labour market and industrial relations institutions. The keynote address was given by the Prime Minister (Taoiseach), Bertie Ahern, who commented that there are now 25 Acts relating to employment rights and industrial relations, and eight bodies charged with enforcing these rights. According to Mr Ahern, 'whatever chance practitioners have of navigating their way around this maze, the average citizen has very little'.
  • Agreement on restructuring and cost-cutting at GM Germany

    On 8 December 2004, management representatives of General Motors Europe (GME) and the GM European Employee Forum (EEF) - ie the company's European Works Council - signed a European framework agreement on restructuring and cost-cutting- a process which will mean around 12,000 jobs being lost at the motor-manufacturing company’s European sites. The US-based General Motors (GM) had declared that it was imperative to implement these job cuts against the background of considerable losses incurred by its European subsidiaries. A cost-cutting programme resulting in savings of at least EUR 500 million a year by 2006 had to implemented in order to improve GM’s competitiveness in the European car market.
  • Business and employers' representatives propose changes to co-determination

    In mid-November 2004, a report [1] compiled by a special commission on Germany's system of co-determination [2], which had been trailed for several months (DE0408106F [3] and DE0411204F [4]), was finally published and presented formally at an annual employers' conference. Its contents had been reported in the press on 10 November. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Working time in Germany

    The report on Working time in 2003 (2.1MB pdf file; in German) [1] by the Institut zur Erforschung sozialer Chancen (ISO) [2] updates previous survey findings. The new survey, conducted between July and October 2003, includes in its analysis characteristics of work, work organisation and strain. [1] [2]
  • Jaguar plant closure is latest blow to UK automotive sector

    On 17 September 2004, senior management at the Ford-owned prestige car manufacturer Jaguar informed trade union representatives of the closure of one of the company’s three manufacturing sites. Production at the Browns Lane plant in Coventry would cease in the summer of 2005, with assembly work transferred to Jaguar’s operations in Castle Bromwich, near Birmingham.
  • Worker representation and 'voice' in small firms examined

    In September 2004, the annual conference of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) carried a resolution [1] on fairness at work calling for amendments to the Employment Relations Act 1999 [2] to extend the statutory trade union recognition procedure to smaller firms. The recognition provisions include a 'small firms threshold' and do not apply to employers with fewer than 21 workers. The TUC has also expressed regret about the exclusion of undertakings with under 50 employees from the forthcoming Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations (UK0407104F [3]), which are to transpose the 2002 EU information and consultation Directive (2002/14/EC [4]) (EU0204207F [5]) into UK law. [1] [2] [3] [4]!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=EN&numdoc=32002L0014&model=guichett [5]
  • Health and Safety Executive launches new measures to tackle workplace stress

    In November 200,4 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched a new initiative to help employers tackle the problem of work-related stress. The HSE defines stress as 'the adverse reaction people have to excessive pressure or other types of demand placed on them'. The HSE argues that stress undermines performance and is costly to employers, as well as making people ill.
  • National competitiveness under debate

    Following extensive debate in Finland over the relocation of jobs abroad, the Prime Minister’s office launched a project entitled 'Finland in the global economy' in January 2004. The aim was to bring together experts in various fields and important political actors, including the social partners, to explore how the competitiveness of Finnish production and work can be ensured. The work was carried out at three main levels: first, economic research institutes produced various background reports; second, the social partners engaged in sector-specific dialogue; and third, a steering group synthesised the work and drew up conclusions.