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  • Article
    27 Únor 1997

    At the end of 1996, the major trade unions and employers' associations signed
    the Second National Agreement on Continuing Training (II Acuerdo Nacional de
    Formación Continua), which was later endorsed by a tripartite agreement
    between these organisations and the Government. The new agreements build on
    certain basic aspects of the continuing training system in Spain that was
    started in 1993, though they also introduce some important innovations.

  • Article
    27 Únor 1997

    This action, which came as a complete surprise to the 3,100 employees, is
    part of the French-owned motor manufacturer's "new industrial strategy" of
    concentrating production to cut its financial losses. Michel de Virville,
    managing director of Renault, announced the closure adding that:

  • Article
    27 Únor 1997

    Telecom Eireann's plan to introduce personal contracts for 300 of its
    managers who report directly to senior executives must be seen in the context
    of the company's effort to implement a major programme of change to meet the
    requirements of EU-driven deregulation requirements. A Telecom redundancy
    package was also reactivated recently, one of several in recent years, as the
    company seeks to reduce costs. It is also to enter talks with the union
    representing general workers in Telecom, the Communications Workers Union, on
    a proposed IEP 110 million cost savings plan.

  • Article
    27 Únor 1997

    In accordance with its 1995 collective agreement, Akzo Nobel has evaluated
    the effects of "working time differentiation" and more flexible working hours
    on employment. Since the effects appear positive, a 36-hour week is expected
    to be introduced by 1 July 1997.

  • Article
    27 Únor 1997

    In January and February 1997, many French towns were hit by public transport
    strikes, affecting bus, tram and underground rail services. The strikers'
    demands differed somewhat from town to town but certain themes have been
    common. such as: improvements in working conditions; better protection from
    crime and delinquency, two consecutive days off in a week; and less taxing
    route schedules. Strikers have also been demanding pay rises and a reduction
    in the working week to 35 hours or less, with the recruitment of new
    personnel to take up the slack. Demands for the right to retire with full
    pensions at the age of 55, along with systematic replacement of retiring
    employees by new recruitment, have also been frequently voiced.

  • Article
    27 Únor 1997

    On 4 February, following a mediation proposal by the Government, the national
    metalworking collective agreement was signed. Negotiations had lasted for
    nine months and were marked by moments of breakdown and conflict which
    resulted in strikes. The metalworking settlement, which covers some 1.5
    million workers, is Italy's most important industry-wide agreement. It will
    strongly influence both the forthcoming renewals of contracts in other
    sectors and the evaluation of the July 1993 tripartite central agreement on
    incomes policy and collective bargaining structure, planned for June 1997.

  • Article
    27 Únor 1997

    The European Commission has recently published its report on progress made in
    the implementation of equitable wage policies since 1993. The aim of
    providing all employees with an equitable wage was enshrined in the Charter
    of the Fundamental Social Rights of Workers, which was adopted by 11 member
    states (with the exception of the UK) in 1989. In accordance with the 1989
    social Action Programme, the Commission published an Opinion in 1993, which
    stated that the pursuit of an equitable wage must be seen as part of the
    general drive to achieve higher productivity and employment creation, and to
    foster good relations between the two sides of industry. The member states
    were encouraged to give substance to their commitment made in adopting the
    Social Charter, by working towards the establishment of an equitable wages
    policy. This was to be achieved through greater labour market transparency
    with regard to wages. The social partners were also called upon to contribute
    to the achievement of this aim.

  • Article
    27 Únor 1997

    The central social partners - the Austrian Trade Union Confederation
    (Österreichischer Gewerkschaftsbund,ÖGB) and the Austrian Chamber of
    Commerce (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich, WKÖ), the statutory body grouping
    almost all nonagricultural enterprises - have for some time been discussing a
    range of changes to the 1969 Working Time Law (Arbeitszeitgesetz, AZG). The
    aim is to maintain competitiveness and employment by making possible a more
    uneven distribution of working hours over time, without financial penalty to
    the employer. This is expected to lead to higher productivity, better use of
    plant, lower inventories, and a capability to respond more swiftly to
    variations in demand. The trade unions also hope to achieve a reduction of
    hours worked by individual employees in favour of more employment.

  • Article
    27 Únor 1997

    One of the continuing quarrels between the Social Democrat Government and the
    largest trade union confederation, the Confederation of Trade Unions for
    Blue-Collar Workers (Landsorganisationen or LO), appears to have been settled
    by an agreement on the overall features of the unemployment insurance system,
    presented on 12 February. Formally, the Government is not involved in the
    settlement, but the details of the settlement were presented in a press
    release from the Ministry of Labour and in person by the Minister of Labour,
    Margareta Winberg, together with LO's vice-president, Wanja Lundby-Wedin.

  • Article
    27 Únor 1997

    In February, the Communication Workers' Union (CWU) launched a consultative
    paper aimed at influencing the pre-election commitments of both the
    Conservative Party and Labour Party. The union, which is firmly against
    privatisation of the Post Office, has called for legislation to turn it into
    an independent corporation, with the level of dividends pegged at 40% of
    post-tax profits. The union feels that its proposals will have equal appeal
    to all political parties because of the weight of public opinion opposing


  • European Restructuring Monitor

    The European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) has reported on the employment impact of large-scale business restructuring since 2002. This publication series include the ERM reports, as well as blogs, articles and working papers on restructuring-related events in the EU27 and Norway.

  • European Working Conditions Telephone Survey 2021

    Eurofound’s European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) paints a wide-ranging picture of Europe at work across countries, occupations, sectors and age groups. This series consists of findings from the European Working Conditions Telephone Survey (EWCTS) 2021, an extraordinary edition conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • Developments in working life, industrial relations and working conditions in the EU

    This publication series gathers all overview reports on developments in working life, annual reviews in industrial relations and working conditions produced by Eurofound on the basis of national contributions from the Network of Eurofound Correspondents (NEC). Since 1997, these reports have provided overviews of the latest developments in industrial relations and working conditions across the EU and Norway. The series may include recent ad hoc articles written by members of the NEC.

  • COVID-19

    Eurofound’s work on COVID-19 examines the far-reaching socioeconomic implications of the pandemic across Europe as they continue to impact living and working conditions. A key element of the research is the e-survey, launched in April 2020, with five rounds completed at different stages during 2020, 2021 and 2022. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.

  • Sectoral social dialogue

    Eurofound's representativeness studies are designed to allow the European Commission to identify the ‘management and labour’ whom it must consult under article 154 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU). This series consists of studies of the representativeness of employer and worker organisations in various sectors.

  • Minimum wages in the EU

    This series reports on developments in minimum wage rates across the EU, including how they are set and how they have developed over time in nominal and real terms. The series explores where there are statutory minimum wages or collectively agreed minimum wages in the Member States, as well as minimum wage coverage rates by gender.  

  • European Working Conditions Surveys

    The European Working Conditions Survey (EWCS) launched in 1990 and is carried out every five years, with the latest edition in 2015. It provides an overview of trends in working conditions and quality of employment for the last 30 years. It covers issues such as employment status, working time duration and organisation, work organisation, learning and training, physical and psychosocial risk factors, health and safety, work–life balance, worker participation, earnings and financial security, work and health, and most recently also the future of work.

  • Challenges and prospects in the EU

    Eurofound’s Flagship report series 'Challenges and prospects in the EU' comprise research reports that contain the key results of multiannual research activities and incorporate findings from different related research projects. Flagship reports are the major output of each of Eurofound’s strategic areas of intervention and have as their objective to contribute to current policy debates.

  • European Company Survey 2019

    Eurofound’s European Company Survey (ECS) maps and analyses company policies and practices which can have an impact on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, as well as the development of social dialogue in companies. This series consists of outputs from the ECS 2019, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • National social partners and policymaking

    This series reports on and updates latest information on the involvement of national social partners in policymaking. The series analyses the involvement of national social partners in the implementation of policy reforms within the framework of social dialogue practices, including their involvement in elaborating the National Reform Programmes (NRPs).

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