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In 2006, a Norwegian paper and pulp company closed down one of its profitable
manufacturing plants. The main reason for the closure, according to the
company, was over-production in the pulp and paper market. Shutting down the
plant was seen as a way of alleviating the pressure in the market, and the
owners therefore did not want to sell to anyone else. As a consequence, 380
people lost their jobs.
On 26 September 2012, Greek workers held their first major anti-austerity
strike since the coalition government took power in June. The 24-hour general
strike was backed by the country’s biggest private sector union, the Greek
General Confederation of Labour (GSEE ), and the Greek Civil Servants’
Confederation (ADEDY ).
The impetus for creating a new, streamlined industrial relations dispute
resolution and employment rights structure in Ireland came from the need to
address the existing ‘outdated, complex and inefficient system’. Problems
with the system meant there could be delays of up to two years for a hearing
to be scheduled, according to Ireland’s Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and
Innovation, Richard Bruton.
The coalition Conservative-Liberal Democrat government announced in September
2012 that it was to cut health and safety inspections of low and medium risk
sites. Environmental health officers will no longer carry out routine
inspections of low-risk businesses and assist in resolving minor breaches.
The proposals will reduce the number of annual health and safety inspections
Public sector reforms in Greece started long before the country’s first
bailout package in the spring of 2010. Before the conclusion of the first
loan agreement, reform of employment relations for workers in central
government and the broader public sector was implemented through a series of
This annual review describes the developments in industrial relations and working conditions in 2011 in the EU Member States and Norway, at both national and EU level, with a focus on the economic situation and responses to it. The report describes the current economic situation in EU Member States and highlights relevant political and legislative developments in individual countries. It describes labour market trends in Europe and developments in career and employment security, health and well-being at work, skills development and work–life balance. It also examines changes in the organisation and role of social partners, developments in collective bargaining (at cross-sectoral, sectoral and company levels), working time, pay developments, social dialogue developments, industrial conflicts and company restructuring in 2011. At European level, the report summarises the main events over the course of 2011, charting trends in European social policy, employment legislation and social dialogue.
This survey data report summarises recent labour market changes for young
workers in Hungary, based on the regular and representative Labour Force
Survey carried out by the Hungarian Central Statistical Offices (KSH). Every
two to four years an extended survey is carried out to discover how youth
education, employability and career opportunities have changed in comparison
to the previous survey. It also provides some information about labour market
experiences. The first part of this report discusses the general problems
faced by young people of working age. The second part outlines the effects of
recent economic and social changes on the transition of young people from
education to the labour market, and describes the characteristics of youth
Achieving work environments that make work sustainable over a lifetime is a key facet of the promotion of longer working lives. This study - based on the fifth European Working Conditions Survey - considers the dimensions of work that have proved essential to the understanding of work sustainability: working conditions; physical and psychological health; the expressive dimension of work; reconciliation of working and non-working time; and socioeconomic conditions. It examines the influence of these factors on how older workers perceive the sustainability of their work, taking account of differences between workers in terms of age, occupation and gender. In addition, the working conditions of the ageing workforce across Member States of the European Union are compared.
This report synthesises some of the most relevant results of a research
project on working conditions and work-related risks, comparing survey
results obtained in 2006 and 2010 from employers, employees and workplace
safety specialists. The results identify various risk factors in the working
environment, levels of compliance with safety legislation, the effect of the
shadow economy on workplace safety and to what extent employees are informed
about workplace safety issues. The research suggests that social dialogue on
workplace safety and matters pertaining to legal employment relationships
significantly improve the working environment.
The future of the Sevelnord  car plant in northern France, a subsidiary of
manufacturer PSA Peugeot-Citroën , was at risk on two fronts. Its output
had reduced to 76,000 vehicles in 2012, compared with 150,000 in 2008, and
Italian car maker Fiat  had decided to end its partnership with the PSA
group to manufacture vehicles at the site.