European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions
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Assignment task
Eurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions) is a tripartite European Union Agency established to ‘provide information, advice and expertise on living and working conditions, industrial relations and managing change in Europe.’ It defines working conditions in the following way:
Conditions in and under which work is performed as regards the work environment and the time, place and organisation of work. They constitute the traditional subject matter of labour law and are regulated by all its various sources: legislation, collective agreements, work-rules, the contract of employment, and custom and practice. Nowadays, as perception of the concept moves towards the incorporation of additional factors and parameters which affect the employee psychosomatically, a broader definition of the term is coming to be accepted which also includes the economic dimension and its effects on living conditions (environmental problems connected with the work environment) and
the social roles of employees (female employment) (see: www.eurofound.europa.eu.)
Drawing on this definition and combining it with understandings gained through your reading of the course, you are to undertake wider research into the working conditions that exist in two of the following three countries: China, Germany and the United States of America. Not all working conditions pertaining to the chosen counties need be referred to; only those you consider the most important. What conditions are chosen, however, must figure in both accounts of the selected countries so that direct comparisons can be made. When gathering this information, you should also note where possible any historical trends in the working
conditions of the countries being compared. This can be related to the working conditions chosen for the purposes of comparison, but it can also refer to working conditions more generally. These preliminary remarks preface the two tasks asked of you in this assignment:
(1) Provide an account that details and compares selected working conditions in two of the three countries listed above.
(2) Provide an analysis of the working conditions in the chosen countries as a means of determining whether they support the case for convergence or divergence in global working conditions.
Order Description
Assignment task
Eurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions) is a tripartite European Union Agency established to ‘provide information, advice and expertise on living and working conditions, industrial relations and managing change in Europe.’ It defines working conditions in the following way:
Conditions in and under which work is performed as regards the work environment and the time, place and organisation of work. They constitute the traditional subject matter of labour law and are regulated by all its various sources: legislation, collective agreements, work-rules, the contract of employment, and custom and practice. Nowadays, as perception of the concept moves towards the incorporation of additional factors and parameters which affect the employee psychosomatically, a broader definition of the term is coming to be accepted which also includes the economic dimension and its effects on living conditions (environmental problems connected with the work environment) and
the social roles of employees (female employment) (see: www.eurofound.europa.eu.)
Drawing on this definition and combining it with understandings gained through your reading of the course, you are to undertake wider research into the working conditions that exist in two of the following three countries: China, Germany and the United States of America. Not all working conditions pertaining to the chosen counties need be referred to; only those you consider the most important. What conditions are chosen, however, must figure in both accounts of the selected countries so that direct comparisons can be made. When gathering this information, you should also note where possible any historical trends in the working
conditions of the countries being compared. This can be related to the working conditions chosen for the purposes of comparison, but it can also refer to working conditions more generally. These preliminary remarks preface the two tasks asked of you in this assignment:
(1) Provide an account that details and compares selected working conditions in two of the three countries listed above.
(2) Provide an analysis of the working conditions in the chosen countries as a means of determining whether they support the case for convergence or divergence in global working conditions.