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The National Institute of Statistics conducted an ad hoc module on health
and safety at the workplace as part of the Household Labour Force Survey in
the second quarter of 2007. Among the main topics covered were accidents at
the workplace and factors that may impair physical and mental health at work.
The survey highlights significant differences according to sector, employment
status, age, gender and location, revealing a distinct rural–urban divide.
In 2009, the Employment and Training Corporation (ETC ), Malta’s public
employment service organisation, commissioned a transnational study on
work–life reconciliation measures. The research was co-funded by the
European Commission , with the countries Cyprus, Iceland, Slovenia and
Sweden also acting as partners in the project.
On 30 September 2009, Ireland’s Economic and Social Research Institute
(ESRI ) published a new study entitled Estimating the impact of
immigration on wages in Ireland (420Kb PDF) . During the period of
Ireland’s remarkable economic boom, one of the notable features of the
economic transformation was a rapid increase in inward migration. Another
important dimension was the decision by the Irish government to allow full
access to the Irish labour market when the EU expanded to 25 Member States on
1 May 2004. The ESRI paper examines whether the influx of migrants tends to
increase or reduce the average wages of native workers, noting that the issue
of immigration impacts is an enormously controversial issue.
The research project ‘Reconciliation of work and family life in Slovenia:
Role of the public employment service’ was carried out by a group of
researchers from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of
Ljubljana  in 2008. The project sought to examine the framework for
reconciling work and family life in Slovenia and to present empirical data
about reconciliation and the challenges faced in achieving work-life balance
 in Slovene companies. Both aims were regarded as relevant for
considerations about the Employment Service of Slovenia (Zavod Republike
Slovenije za zaposlovanje, ZRSZ ) playing a more active role in the
implementation of and support for reconciling work and family life policies
On 16 September 2009, the Executive Committee of the Trade Union of Railway
Workers in Bulgaria (Синдикат на железничарите в
България, TURWB) met at the Confederation of the Independent Trade
Unions in Bulgaria (Конфедерация на независимите
синдикати в България, CITUB ) to discuss the escalation
of social tension due to wage arrears in the National Railway Infrastructure
Company (Национална компания ‘Железопътна
инфраструктура’, NRIC ). The shop stewards of the trade
union organisations represented in NRIC also participated in the meeting.
As highlighted in previous EIRO articles (*SE0706029I* , *SE0801019I* ,
*SE0804029I* , *SE0811029I* , *SE0901029I* , *SE0905029I* ), the
Laval case  has posed challenges for the Swedish labour market model and
the parties involved.
On 4 November 2009, the leader of the opposition Conservative Party, David
Cameron, made a speech  on A Europe policy that people can believe in ,
in which he set out the party’s response to the final ratification of the
Since 1990, when an incomes policy was agreed between the social partners, a
Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) increase, based on the Retail Price Index
(RPI), has been announced in every budget speech. This increase, being
mandatory, is given to all workers.
In the Czech Republic, opening hours in shops are by no means limited.
Although law-makers from the Czech Social Democratic Party (Česká strana
sociálně demokratická, ČSSD ) and the Communist Party of Bohemia and
Moravia (Komunistická strana Čech a Moravy, KSČM ) made an attempt in
2005 to ban opening hours at night in supermarkets and on public holidays,
they did not get sufficient support for their proposal. At that time, chain
store operators objected to the proposal claiming that they would lose
customers due to the banning of sales on public holidays and at night time.
They warned that, as a result, they would have to dismiss some of their