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  • Article
    21 December 2008

    An expert committee set up by the Norwegian government in November 2007,
    under the leadership of Professor Steinar Holden, has explored various issues
    relating to equality between shift and rotation work. It submitted its
    recommendations to the government in October 2008 (Skift og turnus –
    gradvis kompensasjon for ubekvem arbeidstid (in Norwegian) [1]). The
    committee was established against the backdrop of a lengthy debate about
    gender equality in relation to working time schemes involving three-shift
    rotation work and continuous shift work (*NO0711029I* [2]).

    [1] http://www.regjeringen.no/nb/dep/aid/dok/NOUer/2008/nou-2008-17.html?id=528756
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/expert-committee-to-examine-shift-and-rotation-work

  • Article
    21 December 2008

    When Peter Löscher took over as the Chief Executive of Siemens [1] in 2007,
    one of his major tasks involved remodelling the transnational enterprise [2]
    to boost efficiency. On 8 July 2008, Siemens officially announced that it
    intends to cut 16,750 jobs, which corresponds to 4% of its global workforce
    of 400,000 employees. The company’s plans call for about 12,600 job cuts
    worldwide. An additional 4,150 jobs will be affected by restructuring [3]
    projects. The restructuring plan for Germany envisages some 5,250 job cuts.
    In the other European countries, it is planned to axe 5,150 jobs, and outside
    of Europe the job reductions will amount to 6,350 units.

    [1] http://w1.siemens.com/entry/cc/en/
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/transnational-enterprise
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/restructuring

  • Article
    21 December 2008

    Collective agreements were concluded during the spring of 2008 in various
    sectors, covering economic activities ranging from university hospitals to
    light engineering. Several of these deals were prompted by collective
    industrial action. Major industrial action was undertaken by postal
    employees, bus drivers and schoolteachers. With respect to the latter group,
    in the education sector, the agreement was not signed by all employers amidst
    fears that their budgets might fall short of the contents of the agreements
    reached.

  • Article
    21 December 2008

    The European Commission [1] commissioned a study [2] seeking to improve
    understanding of the labour market outcomes of migrant women in the EU and of
    the policies that affect these outcomes. The research also aimed to provide
    the information necessary to address inequalities between men and women, in
    line with gender equality [3] and social justice agenda. For the purposes of
    the study, which was conducted by the non-profit research organisation the
    Rand Corporation [4] and published in October 2008, migrant women were
    defined as having a foreign country of birth outside the EU, regardless of
    whether they currently hold EU citizenship in one of the Member States.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/european-commission
    [2] http://www.rand.org/pubs/technical_reports/TR591.3/
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/gender-equality
    [4] http://www.rand.org/about/

  • Article
    21 December 2008

    A 2002 study (406Kb PDF) [1] conducted between November 2000 and February
    2001 assessed the safety performance of a selection of 18 large construction
    sites in Ireland. Safety performance was measured by observing safety-related
    behaviours and conditions alongside recommended construction safety
    guidelines. Four main categories of safety behaviour and conditions were
    observed: measures for the prevention of falls from heights; personal
    protective equipment; housekeeping; and safety documentation.

    [1] http://www.cdc.gov/elcosh/docs/d0100/d000055/d000055.pdf

  • Article
    21 December 2008

    A joint study (in Greek, 490Kb PPT) [1] entitled ‘Models of work-life
    balance [2] and the demand for gender-based equality of opportunity –
    Social networks for work–life balance’ was published in December 2007 by
    the Frederick Research Centre (FRC [3]), the Centre for Social Research and
    Development (Εταιρεία Κοινωνικών Προγραμμάτων
    και Σχεδιασμού, EKPROS) and the Cyprus Workers’ Confederation
    (Συνομοσπονδία Εργαζομένων Κύπρου, SEK [4]).
    The research was carried out as part of the EU EQUAL [5] programme and was
    co-funded by the European Social Fund [6] and the Republic of Cyprus.

    [1] http://www.equalpandora.com/files/2008/protypa-simfiliwsis.ppt#256
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/worklife-balance-0
    [3] http://www.frederickcyprus.com/contentja.php?id=45
    [4] http://www.sek.org.cy
    [5] http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/equal/index_en.cfm
    [6] http://ec.europa.eu/employment_social/esf/index_en.htm

  • Article
    21 December 2008

    In 2008, the French National Institute for Statistics and Economic Studies
    (Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques, INSEE [1])
    has carried out a gender analysis regarding occupational risk exposure. The
    study was based on the results of the Medical monitoring of risks
    (/Surveillance Médicale des Risques/, SUMER) survey conducted in 2003.

    [1] http://www.insee.fr/

  • Article
    21 December 2008

    A number of countries [1] maintain a national website, derived from the model
    of the continuous web-based survey ‘WageIndicator [2]’, which includes
    information about wages, working conditions [3], labour standards and other
    work-related topics. The Hungarian version of WageIndicator is known as
    Bérbarométer [4].

    [1] http://www.wageindicator.org/main/wageindicatorcountries
    [2] http://www.wageindicator.org/
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/industrial-relations-dictionary/working-conditions
    [4] http://www.berbarometer.hu

  • Article
    21 December 2008

    In 2005–2006, *the Bulgarian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy
    (*Министерство на труда и социалната
    политика, MLSP [1]) *and the* Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation
    [2] conducted a project entitled ‘Men equal, men different’ [3]. It *was*
    part of a European project under the EU 5th Framework Programme on gender
    equality and carried out with partners in Denmark, France and Latvia.

    [1] http://www.mlsp.government.bg/en/index.htm
    [2] http://www.gender-bg.org/_en/news_en.html
    [3] http://www.menequal.lv/eng/survey

  • Article
    21 December 2008

    In 2007, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium
    für Bildung und Forschung, BMBF [1]) commissioned a survey on participation
    rates in continuous vocational training in Germany (Weiterbildungsbeteiligung
    in Deutschland (770Kb PDF) [2]). The representative survey was carried out
    among 3,500 persons between the age of 19 and 64 years by the research
    institute TNS Infratest Sozialforschung. It shows that 43% of the respondents
    attended courses in further general education and continuous vocational
    training at some point between spring 2006 and summer 2007 (Table 1). With
    respect to continuous vocational training programmes alone, the participation
    rate stood at 26% in 2007. This matches the rate in 2003; however, it is four
    percentage points lower than the rate in 1997. In addition, half of the
    respondents who attended further general education programmes stated that
    their attendance was motivated by occupational considerations.

    [1] http://www.bmbf.de/
    [2] http://www.bmbf.de/pub/weiterbildungsbeteiligung_in_deutschland.pdf