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Disseminating Good Workplace Health in Eastern European Countries

6th Initiative (2005 - 2007)

Low wages made the new Member States of the European Union attractive places to invest and to set up production. However not only are the wages lower in the new and future EU Member States than those in the "old" Member States, but so are the standards for the working conditions, particularly regarding health at the workplace.

A survey carried out by the European Foundation of the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions found that, in comparison with their colleagues in the existing countries, employees in the new Member States:

  • consider that their health and safety is more jeopardised by their
    work (40%)
  • are exposed more frequently to risk factors such as hazardous
    substances
  • are faced with longer and more anti-social working hours such as
    night-shifts
  • are less satisfied with their working conditions.

During this initiative the ENWHP carried out three separate network projects to identify the specific requirements and challenges regarding WHP in Eastern European Countries and to pave the way for improved dissemination of WHP in this region: