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  • 2001 annual review for Japan

    GDP declined by 0.5% in real terms in 2001, representing a reversal in trend after the relatively high growth of 2.4% in the previous year. A major factor behind this was listless private investment, together with sluggish private consumption expenditure: private fixed investment, which had recorded a substantial increase of 10.4% in 2000, increased by a mere 0.4% in 2001, and private housing investment shifted from an increase of 1.6% to a substantial decline of 7.9%. Moreover, external demand made a substantial negative contribution to GDP due to a decline in exports (a fall of 6.6% in real terms) against a backdrop of the slowdown in the world economy. On the other hand, in the midst of sluggish domestic private demand and external demand, 'official fixed capital formation' (public investment) - a variable policy of the government - which had declined by 9.8% in the previous year, declined by 3.4% in 2001.
  • Unions reject agreement on Fiat restructuring

    In December 2002, the management of Fiat and the Italian government reached a 'programme agreement' on the reorganisation of the company's troubled automobile division. The trade unions have sharply criticised the deal and taken industrial action in protest, since they believe that the impact on employment is excessive and that the guarantees provided for the company's revival are insufficient.
  • Productivity increases rapidly in private services

    There has been considerable debate in Finland on the growth of service sector employment and on the provision of services by the public or private sectors. In this context, the Employers' Confederation of Service Industries commissioned a research study in autumn 2002 on the development of productivity. According to the findings, labour productivity in Finland's private services has increased by 60% during the past 20 years. It is believed that the provision of services still has great growth potential in employment terms.
  • Future of national Alliance for Jobs under debate

    On 10 December 2002, Wolfgang Clement, the new Minister for the Economy and Labour, met with Michael Sommer, president of the German Federation of Trade Unions (Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund, DGB), and Dieter Hundt, president of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände, BDA), to discuss the chances for a revival of the tripartite Alliance for Jobs, Training and Competitiveness (Bündnis für Arbeit, Ausbildung und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit [1]). While the Alliance has not been formally abandoned, the last top-level meeting was held in early 2002 and many observers have expressed doubts that the consultations will continue. [1]
  • New anti-discrimination measures approved

    In December 2002, two bills aimed at combating racism and discrimination were amended by the Belgian Senate after being approved by the Chamber of Representatives. The first of these complements existing legislation on racism, while the second prohibits and sets out penalties for all forms of discrimination, and broadens the competences of the Centre for Equal Opportunities and the Fight against Racism. The aims of the new legislation include addressing discrimination on the labour market, which several recent studies have found to be widespread. The social partners are unhappy that they have not been involved in drafting the new legislation.
  • Age and working conditions in the European Union

    The Third European Survey on Working Conditions carried out by the Foundation in 2000 highlights the specific problems encountered by ageing workers in the workplace. In 2001 the Foundation asked Créapt (Centre for research and studies on age and working populations) to perform a secondary analysis of this survey in order to carry out a more detailed qualitative study on the question of ‘age and working conditions in Europe’. This summary gives the main results of the study.