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New survey on working time, job security and other conditions

25 November 2015

The Eurofound research agency has published initial findings from its latest survey of working conditions across Europe. While there are positive results in terms of health and safety awareness and job motivation there are large minorities of workers with major concerns. The proportion of workers worried about losing their job in the next six months is 16% - the same level as 2010. More than two in ive workers are dissatisfied about working time in their main paid job, with 28% wanting to work shorter hours, while involuntary part-time work means 13% want more hours. Read more at > Eurofound (EN)

Study highlights trend to narrower focus of collective bargaining

11 November 2015

A new report from the Eurofound research organisation, Collective Bargaining in Europe in the 21st Century, argues that recent trends show a tendency for a narrowing of the focus of collective bargaining on pay and away from a broader approach on working conditions and other issues like equality. The report also argues that the changes taking place are leading to greater differences across Europe and so making it more difficult to group countries together as reflecting particular model of collective bargaining. Read more at > Eurofound

Latest collective bargaining news

11 November 2015

The October issue of the European Trade Union Institute’s collective bargaining newsletter includes over 80 articles from more than 30 European countries. There are updates on public service developments in a number of countries, including France, Iceland, Italy, Latvia and the Netherlands. Read more at > ETUI

Trends in collective bargaining analysed

11 November 2015

The International Labour Organisation has published a briefing on collective bargaining covering 75 countries including many European nations. The report looks at long-term trends and some of the negative developments since the economic crisis. However, it also notes how levels of collective bargaining have held up in some countries partly as a result of an enabling legal environment based on measures to extend collective agreements, for example. Read more at < ILO (EN)

Round-up of collective bargaining news

14 October 2015

The September issue of the ETUI’s collective bargaining newsletter includes a wide range of news from across all sectors of the economy from 34 countries. Articles include news of developments affecting health workers in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland, Poland and Slovakia as well as on public sector pay and other issues in Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Serbia. Read more at > ETUI

Court ruling on working time may benefit home care and other mobile workers

30 September 2015

The European Court of Justice has ruled that workers without a fixed or habitual place of work should have their journey time between their homes and the first and last customer of the day counted as working time. The case involved a Spanish security company that closed its regional office and required workers to work from home. The Court found in favour of the case brought by the FSP-CCOO federation and the case could have significant implications for many other sectors where workers have not fixed workplace and have to travel directly from home to different clients, customers or patients. Trade unions in the UK, for example, believe that this could be an important development for home care workers many of whom lose out and effectively are paid less than the minimum wage because their initial and final travelling time during the working day is not counted as working time. Read more on the judgement at > ECJ (EN) And at > Unison And at > GMB

Long working hours pose threat to health

30 September 2015

Long working hours can have a serious impact on workers’ health as well as safety at work. Earlier this year, the Lancet medical journal in the UK published a major review of research covering over 600,000 men and women. The key conclusion was that longer working hours increase the risk of strokes compared to standard working hours. It found that individuals who work 55 hours or more per week have a 1·3-times higher risk of incident of strokes than those working standard hours (35-40 hours a week. At the end of 2015 the European health and safety agency, OSHA, published a study of the health sector which included data highlighting the clear increase in the risk of accidents as workers work beyond eight hours day. Read more on the health risks at > EPSU Read more on the accident risks at > EPSU

Survey highlights latest working time trends

30 September 2015

The Eurofound annual survey of working time for 2014 reveals few major changes across Europe. At the cross sector level figures for average collectively agreed working time showed small changes in the UK (-0.3 hours), Slovakia (-0.1 hours), Sweden (+0.1 hours) and Spain (+0.5 hours, after an increase of 0.3 hours in 2013. In its sector analysis, there are figures for public administration which show an increase of 1.1 hours in Spain (to a weekly average of 36.7 hours) and a reduction in the UK of 0.5 hours (down to 37.2 hours). Read more at > Eurofound

Unions face challenges on working time

30 September 2015

In recent months governments in Lithuania, Finland and Norway have proposed or implemented changes to working time legislation that have been attacked by the trade union movement. The Lithuanian trade unions organised a demonstration on 10 September against wide-ranging changes to the labour code that include reductions to overtime payments and an increase to the maximum working week from 48 to 60 hours. Meanwhile the confederations in Finland organised protests across the country to government plans to legislate on a number of aspects of working conditions that would include limits imposed on annual leave. Earlier in the year the Norwegian government passed a new Work Environment Act that included increased flexibility on some working time rules, including overtime and Sunday working, although trade unions have a role in agreeing these arrangements at local level. Read more on Lithuania at > EPSU Read more on Finland at > EPSU Read more on Norway at > Eurofound

Consultation response examines all aspects of gender equality

17 July 2015
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Eurofound - gender equaltiy

The Eurofound research organisation has produced a comprehensive response to the European Commission’s consultation on gender equality. The response runs through a very wide range of issues from the gender pay gap to violence against women and from the vital importance to care services to the distribution of domestic responsibilities. For each subject covered the response provides a link to the relevant Eurofound publication(s).

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