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Over the course of 2008 and 2009, the world economy experienced one of the most serious recessions in modern times. In July 2009, 22 million men and women were unemployed throughout Europe, five million more than a year previously. Moreover, the situation may well still have further to play out: experience of previous recessions suggests that the full effect of the downturn upon employment has yet to materialise. Eurofound’s analysis of restructuring and job loss over the past year is collated and reviewed in this, the fourth annual report of the European Restructuring Monitor. Analysing the effects of the recession upon employment, it also looks in detail how particular sectors, countries and occupations have been affected, and examines a range of responses that have been taken to safeguard employment - at the company, Member State and European level.
In France, the principle of Sunday being a rest day is guaranteed by a law
going back to 1906. However, there are many exemptions for sectors of
economic activity that have to function seven days a week, such as transport,
healthcare and some parts of the retail trade, notably small food shops; the
latter are allowed to stay open until Sunday midday.
A report (in Norwegian, 1.86Mb PDF)  examining the state of industrial
democracy in Norway was recently published by the independent and
multidisciplinary research foundation Fafo . The report, which was
released in August 2009, explores the issues of corporate democracy,
co-determination , participation and influence in 2009. The findings are
based on a survey conducted among 3,300 employees in Norway in companies with
10 or more employees. Additional questions were posed to employees who were
elected representatives or had management responsibilities. The survey
included questions relating to individual employees’ influence over their
own work situation, as well as questions on the formal arrangements enabling
collective influence at the workplace. In addition to the survey, the
researchers also interviewed 30 leaders and 30 employee representatives or
safety deputies, as well as representatives of the social partner
organisations. The study covers both the public and private sectors.
On 22 December 2008, the peak national social partner organisations in the
private sector concluded the intersectoral collective agreement for the
period 2009–2010 (*BE0901019I* ). Every two years, this agreement acts
as a general framework for the subsequent sectoral bargaining rounds in
Belgium. The social partners insisted on the ‘exceptional’ character of
the 2009–2010 intersectoral agreement on account of it being adapted due to
the current economic situation. The agreement aims to restore workers’ and
employers’ confidence in the economy by finding a balance between
competitiveness, purchasing power and employment levels.
In October 2009, the Lisbon Treaty  was passed by Irish voters by a
two-to-one majority – with Irish citizens voting in favour of the treaty by
a final margin of 67.1% to 32.9%. This represents a 20.5% swing towards the
yes side since the first Lisbon Treaty referendum, which was held in 2008.
The country’s government, along with the main opposition parties, employers
and most trade unions were all in the yes camp on this occasion. The no side
consisted of a variety of groups, including some trade unions. Opponents of
the Lisbon Treaty raised a wide variety of objections – including with
regard to neutrality, abortion and the perceived impact on workers’ rights.
/A new working conditions survey assessing employee skills and training
levels in Ireland was published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in
February 2009. The survey reveals that 45.5% of all enterprises provided
internal and/or external training courses for their employees. Course
attendees spent an average of 3.2 days on courses, while employers spent an
average of €254 per employee on training. The study points to considerable
differences in training provision and skills shortages by sector and company
size. A particularly significant finding is the high percentage of
enterprises that have acute shortages of managerial skills./
A survey entitled ‘Work and trade unions’, carried out by the company
V-Project Research Consulting (VPRC ), gives a profile of workers whose
net pay is less than €750. It is a quantitative survey commissioned by the
Greek General Confederation of Labour (Γενική
Συνομοσπονδία Εργατών Ελλάδας, GSEE ) and was
conducted in the period from 14 June to 10 July 2008. A method of individual
face-to-face interviews was implemented, using a structured questionnaire,
based on a sample of 1,300 employed and unemployed people aged over 18 years.
The project ‘QUALITY of life in a changing Europe ’ (2006–2009) has
been conducted in eight countries – Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hungary,
the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden and the UK – under the European Community
Sixth Framework Programme. Based on quantitative and qualitative research,
the project aimed to examine how European citizens living in different
welfare state regimes evaluate the quality of their lives and workplaces. The
surveys conducted within the project put special focus on the gender
dimension of the quality of work  and life. The study findings are
summarised in the reports ‘Differences between men and women in work
quality ’ and ‘Differences between men and women in quality of life
(224Kb PDF) ’.
 http://www.projectquality.org./files/Deliverable 7 3_Final Gender Report.pdf
A study commissioned by the Association of Free Trade Unions of Slovenia
(Zveza svobodnih sindikatov Slovenije, ZSSS ) and conducted by an
interdisciplinary research team at the University of Ljublijana  in 2008
and 2009 focuses on the role of mediation as a method for resolving disputes
in companies and for achieving equal opportunities  in the Slovenian
labour market. Mediation is an amicable method of resolving disputes based on
the principles of equality and mutual respect for differences, ensuring a
safe and non-discriminatory work environment.
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