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An article by Paul Marginson and Jon Erik Dølvik addresses developments in collective wage bargaining arrangements in northern Europe in the light of two major political-economic challenges: EU eastern enlargement and the financial and economic crisis which broke in 2008. They draw on findings from five countries and four sectors.

The analysis undermines the proposition that developments exhibit a common liberalising trajectory, amongst other by finding no uniform trend in national and sectoral policy responses, nor in wage inequality outcomes.

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This report, conducted in collaboration between Fafo and ILO, highlights issues related to employment, income, economic conditions, and prospects for the immediate future amongst Iraqi workers. In addition, the assessment addresses the effects of the pandemic on the country’s small-scale enterprises, including how they are adapting to the challenges that the pandemic presents and the implications for their employees.

The report is part of a series of the effect of COVID-19 in the Arab world, following similar reports on Jordan and Lebanon.

The world is facing major nutritional challenges, with millions of people suffering from starvation or malnutrition. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs have asked Fafo to update our knowledge about these issues and how Norwegian aid and policy could be optimized to helt.

The report, written by Ellen Cecilie Andresen and Anne Hatløy, finds that through increasing its nutrition efforts, Norway can help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 2, which aims to eradicate hunger and all forms of malnutrition by 2030. They also advice Norway to support governments, civil societies, and national/local efforts that engage in nutrition-specific interventions to reduce all forms of malnutrition, as well as organisations and processes that promote nutritional sensitivity through all parts of the food system to ensure better access to varied, healthy and sustainable food for more people.

The assessment, based on interviews of 1,190 enterprises across Jordan in late April, sheds light on the significant impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown measures on enterprises and employees.

Tewodros Aragie Kebede, Svein Erik Stave and their two co-authors find that only 7 per cent of surveyed enterprises reported operating as usual at the time of the survey and only 13 per cent indicated that under the conditions at time of the survey they would be able to stay operational for more than six months.

This article, co-written by Jon Rogstad, explores the relationship between labor market discrimination, stereotypes and employers’ experiences with immigrant workers. The article finds that experience – or lack thereof – matters distinctively when considering applications from immigrant workers.

Thus, Norwegian employers seemed to update their attitudes, which implies their decision making is flexible, allowing positive experiences to influence hiring decisions. At the same time, their consideration seems to be quite sensitive to negative experiences.