Wednesday, June 23, 2010


IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)

European Industrial Relations Observatory (EIRO)




The European Commission has launched a first phase of consultation with the EU-level social partners on a review of the Working Time Directive, following the failure of the Council and the European Parliament to agree on a previous proposal for revision. On this occasion, the Commission is calling for views on a comprehensive review of the directive, to reflect changes to working patterns and practices over the past 20 years.

In November 2009, the European social partners for the gas industry presented a joint study on the challenges of demographic change and competencies in the sector. Both employers and trade unions are concerned about the ageing profile of the workforce, with many workers retiring in the next five to 10 years. The study highlights the jobs that will be affected, such as meter readers, engineers, plant operators, and workers in customer services, distribution and exploration.

In January 2010, following a positive evaluation of the results of the 2008–2009 test phase of enhanced informal social dialogue for central public administrations, the European social partners agreed to advance the setting up of a sectoral social dialogue committee during 2010. So far, some of the EU Member States have expressed their full support for the formalisation of social dialogue; however, others would prefer to maintain an informal social dialogue instead.


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Stuart Basefsky                   
Director, IWS News Bureau                
Institute for Workplace Studies 
Cornell/ILR School                        
16 E. 34th Street, 4th Floor             
New York, NY 10016                        
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