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  • Eurofound News, Issue 10, November/December 2010

    This issue contains the following articles: Director's diary; Short-time working and flexicurity; Working conditions slow to improve; News in brief; and Latest publications.
  • Second European Quality of Life Survey – Overview

    This report is based on the second EQLS carried out in 2007-8 and offers a wideranging view of the diverse social realities in the 27 Member States, as well as covering Norway and the candidate countries of Turkey, Macedonia and Croatia. Th...
  • Mixed welcome for extra maternity leave

    Maltese law already provides for the European minimum of 14 weeks of maternity leave, paid in full by employers. The employers’ associations dislike the new proposal because they say it would, according to a study [1] conducted by the Malta Business Bureau (MBB [2]), cost the employers an extra €12 million annually. MBB says this would damage the competitiveness of the Maltese economy and accuses the European Parliament of being ‘detached from the signs of time’. The bureau also fears it could be fatal for Maltese small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which play a vital role in the national economy. [1] [2]
  • Pact on apprenticeships prolonged until 2014

    The pact on apprenticeships (/Ausbildungspakt/) was introduced in 2004 by the federal government and representatives of German employers and business organisations to avoid the introduction of a training levy which was being discussed by the governing coalition at that time (*DE0407105F* [1]). The pact was extended for the first time in 2007 (*DE0802029I* [2]). It was extended again, on 26 October 2010, until 2014. [1] [2]
  • SER advises on position of self-employed workers and changing socioeconomic policy

    The Social and Economic Council (SER [1]) issued its first recommendations on the position of the self-employed person [2] in September 2010. SER identified a 33% increase in the number of self-employed workers over the past decade: at over 675,000 people this amounted to around 9% of the national workforce in 2009. [1] [2]
  • Tripartite programme to secure employment and sustainable economic growth

    A joint programme for securing employment and economic growth compiled by social partners in Finland was released in mid October. Labour market organisations are particularly pleased that the scope of discussion has been extended from the statutory minimum age of retirement towards a wide-ranging discussion on the length of working life.
  • Autumn 2010 collective bargaining round

    So far, new collective agreements for approximately 300,000 employees have been made this autumn in Finland. The autumn 2010 bargaining round has been taking place in the context of a severe economic crisis which has weakened the competitiveness of many Finnish companies. At the same time, the overall economy and exports have started to grow again. In 2009, average employee earnings increased by 3.9%, although Finland experienced a sharp drop in gross domestic product (GDP) of about 8%.
  • Merger of two public airlines rejected

    In the last quarter of 2010, the public dialogue on the future of air carriers in Cyprus intensified, along with government’s efforts to retain one state-run national carrier, in view of the political decision to irrevocably shut down state-run Eurocypria on 13 November 2010 (the day coinciding with the end of the company’s summer flight schedule). Meetings between the Ministry of Finance and union representatives at both Eurocypria and Cyprus Airways [1], which had begun the previous month, continued during October 2010. [1]
  • Industrial relations, social dialogue and working time: The commerce sector in Europe

    This report presents some descriptive findings of Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) 2009 on the structure of industrial relations and social dialogue as well as working time patterns in the commerce sector in Europe. Collective ba...
  • National wage deals under social partnership held down private sector pay

    Three researchers (Seamus McGuinness, Elish Kelly and Philip O’Connell) from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI [1]) have assessed the impact of institutional wage bargaining arrangements on average labour costs [2] in the private sector in Ireland. The results of their study were published in the October 2010 edition of /Industrial Relations/ in a paper entitled, The impact of wage bargaining regime on firm-level competitiveness and wage inequality: the case of Ireland [3]. The study analysed data from 6,500 private sector companies drawn from the 2003 National Employment Survey (1.79Mb PDF) [4] of the Central Statistics Office (CSO [5]). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]