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OECD: The crisis is over, but collective bargaining is needed for wage growth

OECD: The crisis is over, but collective bargaining is needed for wage growth

(Jun 22, 2018) For the first time, more people are now in work in OECD countries than before the 2008 economic crisis. But the increased employment rate has not led to higher wages. The OECD says collective bargaining represents one of the most important tools for increasing living standards.

The OECD wants action now: Opportunities for all is the new measure of success

The OECD wants action now: Opportunities for all is the new measure of success

(Jun 22, 2018) Inequalities are growing. We have plenty of data telling us that – now is the time for action, says the OECD’s Gabriela Ramos. In the report ‘Opportunities for all’, the OECD challenges member countries to fight inequality. “Growth is good, but welfare for all is the true measure of success.” The ETUC’s Luca Visentini will not be happy until he sees a better distribution of wealth being created through collective agreements.

Swedish social partners agree to limit right to industrial action

(Jun 22, 2018) Employers who have signed a collective agreement should be able to trust that the peace obligation still stands. So argue the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise and the trade union confederations LO, TCO and Saco.

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(Jun 09, 2018) You were enrolled in the Nordic Work Life Conference, which was organised by the Work Research Institute at OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University and Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, on June 13-15 this year. Nordic Labour Journal wrote several articles from the conference in its latest issue. We hope that it may be of interest.

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(May 18, 2018) On 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force throughout the EU. GDPR will strengthen your integrity in processing of your personal data. Because of this, we in the Nordic Co-operation, the Nordic Council of Ministers and the Nordic Council, have drawn up an Integrity Policy that also applies to the Nordic Labour Journal. Our policy is to never share your data, or allow any other party to use your data.

Finnish critics: Unemployed punished for inactivity – regardless of their situation

Finnish critics: Unemployed punished for inactivity – regardless of their situation

(Apr 19, 2018) Finland’s activation model for unemployed people was meant to do just that – activate the unemployed. Yet results remain elusive. All unemployed people are critical to the model, say those the NLJ has spoken to.

Nordic politicians on their guard as the EU’s new labour authority takes shape

(Apr 17, 2018) The European Commission is moving at pace to make the European Pillar of Social Rights a reality. In March it presented what it called a ‘Social Fairness Package’, where it proposed that the EU should establish a European labour authority to make sure EU rules on issues including the posting of workers and the coordination of social security schemes are being followed.

Icelandic companies want to introduce equal pay standard ahead of time

Icelandic companies want to introduce equal pay standard ahead of time

(Apr 09, 2018) Icelandic companies are hard at work preparing to meet demands introduced in equal pay legislation presented at the start of the year. Several of them want to adapt the equal pay standard before the deadline. But the amount of work is greater than expected, and the first ones out must start from scratch.

Norwegian experts: Whistleblowers need more protection

Norwegian experts: Whistleblowers need more protection

(Mar 23, 2018) The government-appointed committee assessing the need for better laws and regulations surrounding whistleblowing wants to strengthen the protection of whistleblowers with an ombudsman who can provide advice and assistance in whistleblowing cases, and a separate dispute commission to make it easier for people to speak out. Both could be enshrined in a whistleblower law.

Gender equality money to draw people to professions with labour shortages

Gender equality money to draw people to professions with labour shortages

(Mar 07, 2018) Region Gotland has decided to set aside extra money for this year’s wage review to fill the pay gap and to help professions facing labour shortages. The hope is that the right money can get existing workers to stay and tempt new ones to come and work on the island.

Norwegian technical studies recruitment a model for Nordic universities

Norwegian technical studies recruitment a model for Nordic universities

(Mar 07, 2018) A considerable proportion of girls choose not to study sciences and technology. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU in Trondheim has chosen to hold several fairs to recruit girls. The rest of the Nordics will follow, the “girl agents” say.

Swedish social partners warn against EU directive on employment conditions

(Mar 01, 2018) Is the EU about to take over member states’ prerogative to regulate employment and working conditions? Yes, this is what may happen if the Commission’s proposal for a directive ‘for more transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union’ is passed, warn both trade unions and employers in Sweden.

Norway’s blue-green government with a labour market focus

Norway’s blue-green government with a labour market focus

(Feb 08, 2018) The Liberal Party is the new party in the Norwegian government coalition. Prime Minister Erna Solberg has also reshuffled some of her government ministers. Five out of six main points in the new government’s political platform are about the labour market.

Students in Danish vocational schools need to expand their vision

Students in Danish vocational schools need to expand their vision

(Feb 08, 2018) 19 year old Marcus Brask Nielsen spent four weeks in London studying and in an internship as part of his vocational education. It boosted his self-confidence and gave him courage to work abroad. Many other students in vocational training stay at home, and this worries schools and the social partners.

EU youth unemployment: Some jobs are worse than being unemployed

EU youth unemployment: Some jobs are worse than being unemployed

(Jan 16, 2018) Nine years after the start of the economic crisis in Europe, several EU countries are struggling to lift millions of youths out of unemployment and idleness. The youth guarantee, which the EU promised would get young people back on their feet, has so far produced no miracles.

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