Working Environment in the new EU Member State of Lithuania: Examining a 'worst case' example

Calite, D. and Woolfson, C. (2008) Working Environment in the new EU Member State of Lithuania: Examining a 'worst case' example. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 6(1), pp. 3-29.

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Abstract

Using recent survey data from Lithuania, it is suggested that post-communist countries such as Lithuania, admittedly a 'worst case' example, have specific legacies of serious health and safety problems. On a range of general health and occupational safety and health indicators, some three years after joining the European Union, Lithuania is currently a poor performer, and on key indicators the poorest in the European Union. Yet, formally, Lithuania has comprehensive health and safety legislation in line with EU requirements. Survey data suggest, however, a work regime of intensification and an absence of a participative working environment in which employees have a 'voice' in the safety management process. European-style legislative reforms appear to be having only limited positive measurable effects on health and safety performance. Moreover, the new EU occupational safety and health strategy for 2007 to 2012 fails to take account of the deteriorated working environments in the workplaces of post-communist new member states such as Lithuania.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Woolfson, Prof C
Authors: Calite, D., and Woolfson, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Policy and Practice in Health and Safety
ISSN:1477-4003

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