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  • Proposal for gradual reduction in working time for shift work

    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] [2]
  • European trade unionists react to restructuring plans at Siemens

    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] [2] [3]
  • Collectively agreed wages up 3% in 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.
  • Labour market outcomes of migrant women in Europe

    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] [2] [3] [4]
  • Improved health and safety practices at construction sites

    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]
  • Recommendations for improving work–life balance

    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] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
  • Working conditions lag behind other EU countries

    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] [2] [3] [4]
  • Men’s attitudes to sharing parenting tasks

    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] [2] [3]
  • More men than women take part in continuous vocational training

    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] [2]
  • More women in labour market but segregation continues

    A study commissioned by the Ministry for Equal Opportunities (Ministère de l’égalité des chances [1]) provides an insight into women’s labour market position. The study constitutes the fifth edition of the report Les femmes et le marché de l’emploi (in French, 665Kb PDF) [2] [Women and the job market], which was conducted in 2007 by the Centre for Population, Poverty and Socioeconomic Studies (Centre d’études de populations, de pauvreté et de politiques socio-economiques, CEPS [3]) of the International Network for Studies in Technology, Environment, Alternatives, Development (Instead) at the request of the ministry. [1] [2] [3]