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Case studies of innovations: Belgium
Employment policy
Working conditions

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european foundation
for the improvement of living and working conditions
SHIFTWORK
IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY
CASE STUDIES
OF INNOVATIONS
BELGIUM Λ
SHIFTWORK
IN THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY
CASE STUDIES
OF INNOVATIONS
BELGIUM
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EF/82/8 /EN Copyright of THE EUROPEAN FOUNDATION FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF LIVING
AND WORKING CONDITIONS, 1982
For rights of translation or reproduction, application should be made
to the Director, European Foundation for the Improvement of Living
and Working Conditions, Loughlinstown House, Shankill, Co. Dublin,
Ireland. PREFACE
This volume contains the results of research commissioned by the European
Foundation in Dublin concerning case studies of innovations in shiftwork in
the textile industry in Belgium.
The researchers were asked to investigate innovatory experiments in shiftwork
relating to the following aspects:
reduction of working time
new forms of rotation systems, possibly including extra
crews and new types of absence coverage, flexibility of working
time
transfer of personnel to day-work, reduction of night work
systematic arrangements for transfer of older or long-term
shift workers to day-work
and the consequent impact on working conditions.
Based on these guidelines, case studies were carried out in their countries
by H.I.V.A. (Belgium), University College Dublin (Ireland) and A.R.P.E.S.
(Italy).
These studies were evaluated by representatives of governments, employers
and trade unions. Each of the three representative groups weighed the
finding of the analyses contained in the reports against the respective
experience of its members and, if appropriate, put forward proposals aimed at
improving the situation. The opinion of each group has been set down in
a document entitled "evaluation report".
This volume consists of the following:
1. a synthesis note written by the Foundation as a working
document for the evaluation seminar; 2. the evaluation reports drawn up by representatives of governments,
employers and trade unions, based on working group meetings held
during the seminar which took place in Dublin on 4-6 November 1981;
3. the studies carried out by the experts in H.I.V.A.
The Foundation wishes to stress that the analyses and opinions contained
in these studies are the sole responsibility of the authors.
It should be noted that the ILO has indicated that one of the innovations
described in this report does not appear to be in accordance with ILO
Convention No. 132 concerning holidays with pay (revised 1970). SYNTHESIS NOTE
PREPARED
BY THE FOUNDATION