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This report gives an overview of working conditions, job quality, workers’ health and job sustainability in the human health sector (NACE 86).1 It is based mostly on the fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), which gathers data on working conditions and the quality of work across 34 European countries. Additional information on the structural characteristics of the sector is derived from Eurostat data. The sector includes hospital activities, medical and dental practice activities and other human health activities.
Traditionally, Lithuania’s trade unions in the education sector have been
among the strongest in the country. Unions have staged a number of strikes
and protest campaigns over the past decade, and have managed to negotiate
better wages for Lithuanian teachers compared to other public sector
employees (*LT1210019I* , *LT1112029I* , *LT1006019I* ).
The Government of Malta  commissioned former Health Minister John Dalli to
compile a report on the management of the country’s main public hospital,
Mater Dei , located in Msida. The report was published at the end of
November 2013. Mr Dalli, a former EU Commissioner, was Minister of Health for
a brief period from March 2008 to June 2009 under the previous administration
led by the Partit Nazzjonalista (PN ), now in opposition after its
electoral defeat at the polls in March 2013.
Workplace elections are held in Luxembourg every five years. The most recent
elections were held on 13 November 2013, and 437,000 employees and retired
workers were eligible to vote. , However, the turnout was just 36%
(approximately 158,000 people). Just over 700 companies were involved.
In 2011, the Danish Government  set a target for higher education in
Denmark. It wanted 60% of its youth cohort to go into higher education and
25% to go into extended higher education. It wanted to hit this target by
This report gives an overview of working conditions, job quality, workers’ health and job sustainability for employees and the self-employed in the agro-food sector (NACE codes 10 and 11). It compares the situation in the sector with that in the EU28 as a whole. It is based mostly on the fifth European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS), which gathers data on working conditions and the quality of work across 34 European countries. Additional information on the structural characteristics of the sector is derived from Eurostat data.
The role of venture capitalists in the provision of welfare services
continues to divide the Swedish social partners. Some social partners say
they are more interested in profit than in defending fair service provision
for all, and how much profit they should be allowed to make from providing
welfare services has been widely debated over the last 12 months.
At a conference on 4 November 2013 in Lisbon, attended by government and
social partner representatives, the International Labour Organization (ILO
) presented an overview of Portugal’s labour market in a report,
Tackling the jobs crisis in Portugal (1.9 MB PDF) . It analyses the impact
of the global economic crisis and austerity measures, saying that since
Portugal’s financial assistance programme was agreed in 2011, there has
been deterioration in the labour market situation that is without precedent
in the country’s modern economic history. The ILO report stresses that the
critical situation of Portugal’s labour market reflects a combination of
macroeconomic and structural factors:
On 4 June 2013, the Italian company Indesit  told unions that it would be
introducing an industrial restructuring  plan to reorganise three Italian
plants between 2013 and 2015. The plan includes a €70 billion investment
plan to cover product and process innovation to reduce water and energy
consumption, and improve recycling and digital technologies. Around 1,400
workers, mainly blue collar, will be made redundant. In November 2013, after
several months of unsuccessful negotiations with unions, the company started
a collective dismissals procedure.