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The Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (Chambre de Commerce Luxembourg, CDC )
describes harassment in the workplace as ‘a scourge’ which must be
tackled, on the grounds that it undermines an atmosphere of good working
relations which is conducive to efficiency. Nevertheless, during the
consultation of the social partners, CDC rejected in its present form the
proposed bill which is intended to combat harassment and sexual
discrimination. The draft bill will transpose into national law European
Directive 2002/73/EC  amending Council Directive 76/207/EEC on the
implementation of the principle of equal treatment of men and women as
regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion, and working
conditions. CDC believes that the draft bill’s definition of the problem
– while covering the definition which appears in the directive – is vague
and imprecise and creates legal uncertainty which risks opening the door to
The General Confederation of Labour – /Force ouvrière/ (Confédération
générale du travail – Force ouvrière, CGT-FO ) held its confederal
congress from 23 to 27 June 2007 in the city of Lille in northern France.
Flexibility  in working time is one of the most valuable tools that
individuals have to reconcile work with other aspects of life, particularly
in relation to family duties. Thus, this practice is gradually extending
throughout European workplaces as an effective way to reconcile work and
personal or family life.
In January 2007, the Research Centre Klaster (Uuringukeskus Klaster ) and
the University of Tartu (Tartu Ülikool ) conducted a survey on temporary
agency work  in Estonia at the initiative of the Estonian Ministry of
Social Affairs (Sotsiaalministeerium ). The survey aimed to map the
situation of temporary agency work and the level of regulation required, as
no specific regulations on this form of employment yet exist in Estonia.
The Foundation project ‘Attractive workplace for all: A contribution to the Lisbon Strategy at company level’ aims at identifying pioneer company practices, policies and agreements and showing how the Lisbon strategy is being implemented on the ground at company level. Examples of innovative company practice were gathered from several Member States. In this report, case examples for the UK are organised under the following six thematic headings: fostering employability; increasing labour market participation of underemployed groups; integration into the labour market of people at risk of exclusion; make work pay, make work attractive; towards a balanced flexibility; and business creation and entrepreneurship.
This issue of Foundation Findings deals with work-life balance in Europe. The EU needs to increase employment rates to ensure continued economic growth and promote social inclusion. To do this, it needs to make it easier for individuals to combine their work and family commitments to facilitate people – women in particular – to enter the labour market. Foundation Findings provide pertinent background information and policy pointers for all actors and interested parties engaged in the current European debate on the future of social policy. The contents are based on Foundation research and reflect its autonomous and tripartite structure.
In the context of global competition, it is increasingly relevant to look at Europe’s economic development in a wider perspective. This report gives an overview of the main industrial relations developments in the European Union, Japan and the US in 2005 and 2006. It charts the similarities and trends in industrial relations as well as the differences in basic structures and developments between these three major economies.
Speaking at the biennial conference of the Services Industrial Professional
and Technical Union (SIPTU ), held on 2–5 October 2007, SIPTU General
President Jack O’Connor warned that ‘certain issues’ must be faced up
to if the trade union is to continue in social partnership under the national
agreement Towards 2016 (2.86Mb PDF) . The union leader highlighted a
number of issues, including equal treatment for temporary agency workers, the
right to representation at work and the pensions ‘time bomb’. As the
country’s largest trade union, SIPTU is a hugely influential voice within
the Irish trade union movement.
 http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/attached_files/Pdf files/Towards2016PartnershipAgreement.pdf
An agreement between Aer Lingus  and the pilots’ representative trade
union, the Irish Municipal Public and Civil Trade Union (IMPACT ), is
expected to lay down an industrial relations precedent for any future foreign
bases planned by the former state-owned airline. Aer Lingus, which was
privatised in 2006, plans to open its new Belfast operations on 10 December
The Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD ) was
established by law in 2001, to act as an advisory body to the government
while providing a forum for consultation and dialogue between the social
partners. However, over the years, social partners have often complained that
the council was unable to fulfil its purpose, due primarily to insufficient
human and financial resources.