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On 18 May 2009, all of the country’s employer organisations and trade
unions adopted an additional clause to the national intersectoral agreement
(/accord national interprofessionnel/, ANI) on modernising the labour market,
which was signed on 18 January 2008 (*FR0802049I* ). The new Article 14 of
the agreement provides for maintaining guarantees of complementary health and
social protection schemes during periods of unemployment.
The third wave of the ‘Generation 98’ survey (in French) , conducted
by the Centre for Studies and Research on Qualifications (Centre d’Études
et de Recherches sur les Qualifications, CEREQ ) in the autumn of 2005,
focuses on the career path of a sample of 16,000 young people who finished
their initial education in 1998, regardless of their level of qualification
or specialisation. The survey covers their first seven years of working life
and thus provides detailed information on the job(s) occupied since they left
school, their educational background and their family situation.
On 7 July 2009, the parliamentary Committee on constitutional laws,
legislation and general administration of the French state (/Commission des
lois consitutionnelles, de la législation et de l’administration
générale de la République/) adopted the report on The remuneration of
elected chairs of boards and traders (in French, 725Kb PDF) , which was
presented by Philippe Houillon, a member of parliament belonging to the
governing conservative Union for the People’s Movement (Union pour un
mouvement populaire, UMP ). After much debate on chief executives’
remuneration when they leave big corporations, and especially when there is
restructuring, the parliamentary committee began a survey in December 2008.
Employee participation in decision-making regarding the organisation of
industrial relations and the establishment of decent working conditions 
was the subject of regulatory changes that sought to create a legal framework
for workplace relations in 2007. The legislative changes – which came into
effect on 1 September 2007 – included increased protection for employee
representatives, improvements in employee participation, increased labour
protection and the extension of options for the arrangement of individual
employment conditions (SK0709029I , SK0708019I ).
The Public Employment Service (Arbetsförmedlingen ) forecasts that in
2010 about 11% of the population will be unemployed in Sweden. More than half
a million people or 9.8% of the population were registered as unemployed in
June 2009, according to Statistics Sweden (Statistika Centralbyrån, SCB
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU ) published a research paper in
2009, exploring the role of managers in relation to work-life balance 
policies. The study is entitled Living to work or working to live? The role
of managers in creating work–life balance in Ireland (181Kb PDF) .
The law on reforming the regional healthcare system and hospital organisation
in relation to patient care (Loi no. 2009-879 portant réforme de
l’hôpital et relative aux patients, à la santé et aux territoires )
took effect on 22 July 2009. The law is the result of a long process
following the 2004 and 2007 hospital plans, and the remit of the consultation
commission created on 16 October 2007. The hospital consultation commission
was chaired by the former minister of labour, Gérard Larcher, who is
currently President of the French Senate.
In the summer of 2009, the UK Chartered Institute for Personnel Development
(CIPD ) issued its annual survey on absence management (638Kb PDF) .
The survey is the 10th wave carried out by CIPD, resulting in a data series
in which rates of absenteeism of previous years may be compared between
different sectors of the UK economy.
The construction sector has experienced a dramatic increase in unemployment
in 2009 compared with 2008. According to estimations of the Cyprus Building,
Wood, Mine and General Workers’ Trade Union, affiliated to the Pancyprian
Federation of Labour (Παγκύπρια Εργατική
Ομοσπονδία, PEO ), and the Federation of Builders, Miners and
Relevant Professions, affiliated to the Cyprus Workers’ Confederation
(Συνομοσπονδία Εργαζομένων Κύπρου, SEK ),
within a year – from September 2008 until September 2009 – unemployment
has increased by more than five percentage points. The unemployment rate in
construction currently stands at over 7%. In absolute numbers, according to
data from the district labour offices, the number of registered unemployed
persons in construction has risen significantly in just a month, from August
to September 2009, from 2,546 to 2,913 workers.
There has been huge changes in recent decades in the content, organisation
and employment status of work. Results from the 2005 Working Conditions
Survey in France indicate that besides the usual trends and changes across
categories – such as economic sectors or occupational groups – working
conditions have changed in an uneven way across the salaried population, with
some subgroups experiencing higher demands. The second major development is
the growing impact of psychosocial factors at the workplace. This is a new
dimension, where the challenges are high and acquiring information on the
subject necessitates developing new tools such as updated surveys and new