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  • Europe at work: Better life and opportunities for all – Four-year work programme 2009-2012

    Eurofound’s research and communication activities during the period 2009–2012 will be closely linked to European policy responses to the major drivers of change, analysing and anticipating their impact on living and working conditions. Eurofound will use its expertise in working conditions, industrial relations, living conditions and anticipation and management of change, and will continue research in these areas. The 2009–2012 research and communication activities are grouped into three broad focus areas: employment growth and supply of labour in changing labour markets; more and better jobs and higher productivity through partnership; and promotion of social inclusion and sustainable social protection.
  • Household services in the European Union: developments in employment and equal opportunities

    The growth of employment in household services in Europe is one measure to increase activity rates. There is, however, a growing policy emphasis across the Union on the need not only to achieve and sustain higher rates of economic and employment growth, but also to ensure that this growth is translated into good quality jobs.
  • Economic Council put forward proposals to counter economic downturn

    On 12 November 2008, the German Council of Economic Experts (Sachverständigenrat, SVR [1]) published its annual report (in German) [2], which includes its outlook for 2009. According to the experts, the turbulence in the global economy – which has rocked the financial markets in several waves since 2007 and had a negative impact on the real demand in many countries across the world – has also accelerated the cyclical downturn of Germany’s strongly export-dependent economy. Nevertheless, aggregate output is expected to rise by an annual rate of 1.7% in 2008 due to a robust performance in the first quarter of that year. In view of recent developments, however, SVR predicted that the German economy would slip into a recession by the end of 2008. [1] [2]
  • Government launches new measures to reduce gender pay gap

    In June 2008, the Department of Labour Relations of the Ministry of Labour and Social Insurance (Υπουργείου Εργασίας και Κοινωνικών Ασφαλίσεων, MLSI) submitted for approval a range of specific policy measures seeking to reduce the gender pay gap in Cyprus. The proposals were made on the basis of the conclusions of a study entitled /Analysis of the pay gap between men and women in Cyprus and practical recommendations for reducing it/ (*CY0707019I* [1]). The proposed project is part of the Operational programme employment, human capital and social cohesion (unofficial English translation; 112Kb MS Word) [2] for the period 2007–2013. [1] [2]$file/Translation OPEHRSC 190608.doc
  • Green Paper addresses future of welfare system

    A Green Paper entitled ‘The good life in active society’ was presented by the Minister of Labour, Maurizio Sacconi, to the Council of Ministers on 25 July 2008. The paper is divided into two parts: after the minister’s preface, the document analyses the reasons why Italy’s welfare system needs to be reformed, identifying current functioning problems, welfare needs for the future and possible objectives; the paper then offers a general outline of several operational proposals.
  • Study reveals significantly higher gender pay gap

    In 1976, differentiated wage scales for women and men were abolished and the principle of equal pay [1] for equal work was introduced in Article 14 of the Constitution of Malta. In 2002, through the Employment and Industrial Relations Act [2], the principle of equal pay for work of equal value was established. Official statistics showed that, in 2002, Malta had the narrowest pay gap (3.6%) of all the EU Member States; the average pay gap across all states was estimated at 17.5%. However, a 2006 study carried out by Allied Consultants [3] on behalf of the National Commission for the Promotion of Equality (NCPE [4]) – entitled the Gender Pay Review (2.95Mb PDF) [5] – revealed a much wider pay gap between women and men, amounting to 23.25%. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] Gender Pay Review Report 2007 02 02 .pdf
  • Merger trends among trade unions and employer groups

    Currently, various attempts are being made to merge a number of trade unions in Finland. A protracted merger process concerning six trade unions, affiliated to the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (Suomen Ammattiliittojen Keskusjärjestö, SAK [1]), aims to form the Union for Professionals in Technology (Teknologian ammattilaisten unioni, TEAM). The cooperation is now progressing to the stage where the individual unions can organise a member election about their participation. The Administrator of the development project and Director of SAK’s bargaining department, Lauri Lyly, has been a coordinator of the merger plans. [1]
  • Social partners agree to allow year-round Sunday trading

    The Service Union United (Palvelualojen ammattiliitto, PAM [1]), affiliated to the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (Suomen Ammattiliittojen Keskusjärjestö, SAK [2]), and the Federation of Finnish Commerce (Suomen Kaupan Liitto [3]), affiliated to the Confederation of Finnish Industries (Elinkeinoelämän keskusliitto, EK [4]), have reached a joint proposal that would allow all shops to remain open on Sundays throughout the year. [1] [2] [3] [4]
  • Aer Lingus ‘insourcing’ deal includes ‘leave and return’ clause

    At the former national airline, Aer Lingus [1], trade union members of the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU [2]) have backed a cost reduction agreement – by an 80% majority – that includes a novel ‘leave and return’ option. This proposal will see a substantial number of workers departing on an attractive severance package, and returning in newly defined roles on lower pay and conditions. [1] [2]
  • One in three workers reports inadequate on-the-job training

    Insufficient training may lead to uncertainty and a reduced feeling of control. Over time, a reduced feeling of control combined with high demands in the work situation can lead to health problems. Sufficient training in the workplace is therefore important and is considered a priority, as outlined in Section 4-2 of the Norwegian Working Environment Act (2.2Mb PDF) [1]. [1]