Restructuring in the construction sector - Executive summary (2009) This report from the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) reviews recent developments in the construction sector throughout the EU, highlighting the effects of the downturn in economic activity in many countries and outlining how companies and governments have responded. It is based on responses to a questionnaire from the network of national centres of the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions.
Restructuring toolkit (2009) This Restructuring Toolkit seeks to provide guidance on anticipating, preparing and managing corporate restructuring in an economically efficient and socially responsible way. It comprises a number of mutually interdependent guidelines for all stakeholders, including companies, employees' representatives, individual workers, the social partners and national and regional authorities throughout the restructuring process. It is organised under actions that should be taken continuously, during or after the restructuring process.
Second joint assessment by the Social Protection Committee and the European Commission (2009) One year into the crisis, as very first signs of economic recovery become apparent, the full impact of the crisis on labour markets and public finances is still to be faced. Many governments have started looking back at their action over the past year, in order to evaluate the first impacts and prepare for 2010. In this context, the second joint assessment of the Social Protection Committee and the Commission on the social impact of the crisis provides an input to the reflection of Member States.
Social dialogue and the recession (2009) Report "Social Dialogue and the Recession" prepared by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Condition in 2009, mainly based on material from Eurofound`s European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO), the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) and additional desk research. With the glocal economic crisis having affected some European countries earlier than others and to a different extent, all European countries have been affected by the end of 2009. According to the EU COM, there are more than 300 different measures across the EU to reform employment markets. Even though some countries have actively introduced anti-crisis packages (employment market measures or financial stimulus packages), they were not able to limite the extent of redundancies. This paper provides an overview on the latest development in Europe with particular focus on measures taken in response to the recession, the social partner involvement and action taken by social partners.
Social dialogue and the recession (2009) By the end of 2009 all Member States had been affected by the global economic crisis that began in 2008. Most commentators agree that it is too early to draw any conclusions on the effect of social dialogue on the crisis, and even more so regarding the effect of the recession on social dialogue. Nevertheless, this paper aims to give an insight of the latest developments across Europe and inform policy makers of topical issues. It will present measures taken in response to the recession (both employment market measures and financial stimulus packages), outline the extent of social partner involvement, and the actions taken so far by the social partners.
THE EMPLOYMENT CRISIS TRENDS, POLICY RESPONSES AND KEY ACTIONS (2009) The employment policy response has covered the three priorities agreed by the European Council: maintaining employment, creating jobs and promoting mobility; upgrading skills and matching labour market needs; increasing access to employment and supporting households. A range of measures have been taken to support the active inclusion of those furthest from the labour market, and to promote the employment of those most at risk of exclusion: strengthening Public Employment Services to allow for more individualised support; expanding access to training ; subsidising employment for those furthest away from the labour market and promoting specifically the employment of people with disabilities; Temporary rebates on social security contributions to boost labour demand during the crisis have been introduced in several Member States; specific measures are targeted at older workers and aim at avoiding the use of early retirement schemes.