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EU and the Arab Spring

23. March 2015

The European Union welcomed the demonstrators’ demands wholeheartedly during the Arab Spring, trying to maximize the assistance that it could offer to support genuine democratic transition, at least at a rhetorical level. This article by Beáta Paragi reflects on the changes in the neighborhood policy by focusing on public perceptions measured in Europe and in countries in close proximity to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. The article is published in Democracy and Security 11(1). * Abstract

Kristin Alsos new Research director at Fafo

20. March 2015

Kristin Alsos takes over as Research director at Fafo from April 1st, with responsibility for Fafo’s research on labour relations and the labour market. Kristin Alsos is Cand. jur. from the University of Bergen, and she has been employed at Fafo since 2006. Prior to this, Kristin worked in Virke, the Enterprise Federation of Norway, as a lawyer and later as chief negotiator. Kristin has, amongst others, been studying collective bargaining, labour regulations, the temp agency industry, labour and service mobility, regulatory regimes and minimum wage setting mechanisms - in Norway, the Nordic countries and the EU.

The company assembly

19. March 2015

The company assembly is a distinctively Norwegian company organ – above the board and below the general assembly. Can this arrangement also be a part of modern Corporate Governance? This is the topic of an article written by Fafo-researcher Inger Marie Hagen, published in Magma 2/2015 (in Norwegian only). The article is based on interviews conducted in 2013. The representatives of different shareholder groups believe that the assembly need to change not to be out of date. *  Read the article at Magma

Fafo seminar 8 April on employers' contribution to inclusion in the workplace

18. March 2015

In 2012 NHO (Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise) launched the project “Ringer I Vannet” (“Ripples in the water”) in order to motivate member companies to increase inclusion in the workplace. A new Fafo-report describes the method and what it takes for companies to recruit applicants with a relevant expertise. Lise Lien (pictured) and Magne Bråthen will present the survey. Programme (The seminar is in Norwegian).

Reduced hospitalization among the elderly

17. March 2015

There was a decline in the number of patient days in Norwegian hospitals for the oldest patients from 2010 to 2013. In a new article Fafo’s Åsmund Hermansen (pictured) and Anne Skevik Grødem (ISF) explains that this is primarily due to the Coordination Reform. Increased nursing skill is of less significance in this period, but can be important in the long term. The article is in Norwegian only (Sykepleien Forskning, 1/2015). 

Do whistle-blowers need a better protection?

16. March 2015

Even though "everyone" emphasizes the whistleblower's importance, it can be risky to notify. It is particularly risky if the boss is responsible for the wrongdoing. This is the subject of a commentary (in Norwegian only) by Sissel C. Trygstad (pictured) and Anne Mette Ødegård at NRK Ytring, 14 March.

Fafo seminar 26 March on working time in residential child welfare units

13. March 2015

Working time arrangements where employees live together with children and youth in residential child welfare units, are becoming more common. Employees, the management and youths are all satisfied with these arrangements, yet how they should be to regulated, is debated. This is the subject of a new report by Fafo's Dag Olberg (pictured) and Karen-Sofie Pettersen (WRI). The report will be presented at the seminar (in Norwegian only)

New report on work environment in Norwegian hospitals

12. March 2015

Norwegian hospitals have gone through a major restructuring in recent years and the labor intensity seems to increase. A new report shows that managers, safety representatives and union officials  have different opinions of the cooperation during these processes. Sissel C. Trygstad and Rolf K. Andersen have written the report (in Norwegian only).

Sissel C. Trygstad new Head of Research at Fafo

10. March 2015

Sissel C. Trygstad is appointed new head of research at Fafo, with special responsibility for Fafo’s labour relations and labour market research. Trygstad has been a researcher at Fafo since 2004 and for the past seven years she has been research director. Trygstad holds a Dr. Polit. degree from NTNU, Department of Sociology and Political Science in Trondheim. Her main interests of research are workplace democracy, cooperation and participation, and whistleblowing. Her resent publications include  (together with Marit Skivenes) «Explaining whistle blowing processes in the Norwegian Labour Market – power and institutional factors» in Industrial Democracy in Europe, and  «Freedom of Speech in work life» .

Violations of working time regulations

05. March 2015

The Working Time Committee (Arbeidstidsutvalget) was appointed by the Norwegian government in August 2014. Part of its mandate is to identify violations of working time regulations. Fafo is engaged by The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to contribute to this mapping. Key questions are what regulations are violated, the share of companies breaching the regulations  and if there are variations between industries, geographical areas and companies of different sizes. Kristin Alsos is the project manager.

Budget allocation in Trondheim

04. March 2015

Trondheim municipality is divided into four urban districts, each of which is responsible for delivering municipal public services. To account for varying need and/or use of such services, certain criteria  attributable to differences in population characteristics are used to allocate funds to the urban districts. This report (in Norwegian only), written by Roy A. Nielsen and Magne Bråthen, provides an assessment of the criteria sets used for allocating funds to the child and family services and the social services.

Atypical employment in the aviation industry

03. March 2015

The liberalisation of European aviation market has given rise to numerous trends in contemporary employment relations vis-à-vis pilots and cabin crew. The tough competition also raises questions about aviation safety. More than 6,000 pilots in Europe have been asked  about their terms of employment in a recently published study from the University in Ghent. Fafo-researcher Anne Mette Ødegård has contributed with back-ground material from Norway. * Download the report: Atypical employment in Aviation

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