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  • Article
    19 Květen 2002

    In April 2002, the Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union
    (SIPTU) - Ireland's largest trade union - issued a briefing document
    assessing the principal outcomes of the current national partnership
    agreement, the Programme for Prosperity and Fairness [1] (PPF) (IE0003149F
    [2]), entitled The PPF reviewed and the emerging environment [3]. The
    document, compiled by the SIPTU research department, has been distributed to
    all of the union's branch secretaries as the first part of a major
    consultative exercise which 'will involve the maximum number of SIPTU

    [3] Reviewed.doc

  • Article
    8 Květen 2002

    In Spain, there is a complex system of different forms of retirement,
    including retirement at the normal age, early retirement and
    'pre-retirement'. This feature examines the various forms of pre-retirement -
    whereby older workers workers give up their jobs and receive compensation,
    rights to social protection and a supplement from the company. The government
    and social partners have differing views on the issue.

  • Article
    8 Květen 2002

    In 2001, the parliamentary commission examining new working time and annual
    leave rules (SE0101176N [1]) asked the National Institute of Economic
    Research (Konjunkturinstitutet, KI) to examine the macroeconomic effects of a
    legal cut in working time - the current statutory normal working week stands
    at 40 hours. The results of the study [2] were published in March 2002. The
    KI economists examined four alternative models:


  • Article
    7 Květen 2002

    Negotiations over a new collective agreement for Denmark's municipal/county
    (local government) sector - between the joint trade union negotiating body,
    the Association of Local Government Employees' Organisations (Kommunale
    Tjenestemænd og Overenskomstansatte, KTO), and the employers' organisations,
    the National Association of Local Authorities in Denmark (Kommunernes
    Landsforening, KL), the Danish Federation of County Councils
    (Amtsrådsforeningen, ARF) and the Municipalities of Copenhagen and
    Frederiksberg (Københavns og Frederiksbergs Kommuner) - broke down in
    February 2002. The Official Conciliation Service [1] (Forligsinstitutionen)
    was thus asked to step in, for the first time in the sector's history
    (DK0203101N [2]).


  • Article
    7 Květen 2002

    On 16 April 2002, the three main Italian trade union confederations - Cgil,
    Cisl and Uil - held a general strike to protest against the centre-right
    government's labour market reforms. The unions claim that 90% of workers took
    part in the strike, while employers put the figure at less than 60%.
    Following the strike, the trade unions met to discuss the chances of resuming
    negotiations with the government, but the climate does not currently seem

  • Article
    7 Květen 2002

    In April 2002, the Dutch government resigned after the publication of
    research into the events around the fall of the Bosnian enclave of
    Srebrenica, which was under the protection of Dutch peacekeepers, in 1995.
    Trade unions representing military personnel have called for the resignation
    of the army leadership at the time and for a parliamentary inquiry, which has
    now been launched.


  • European Restructuring Monitor

    The European Restructuring Monitor has reported on the employment impact of large-scale business restructuring since 2002. This series includes its restructuring-related databases (events, support instruments and legislation) as well as case studies and publications.

  • 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 2020. 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.

  • 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, conducted in two rounds – in April and in July 2020. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.

  • 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. 

  • Sectoral social dialogue

    Eurofound's representativness 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.

  • 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).

  • New forms of employment

    This series reports on the new forms of employment emerging across Europe that are driven by societal, economic and technological developments and are different from traditional standard or non-standard employment in a number of ways. This series explores what characterises these new employment forms and what implications they have for working conditions and the labour market.

  • European Company Surveys

    The European Company Survey (ECS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2004–2005, with the latest edition in 2019. The survey is designed to provide information on workplace practices to develop and evaluate socioeconomic policy in the EU. It covers issues around work organisation, working time arrangements and work–life balance, flexibility, workplace innovation, employee involvement, human resource management, social dialogue, and most recently also skills use, skills strategies and digitalisation.

  • European Quality of Life Surveys

    The European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) is carried out every four to five years since its inception in 2003, with the latest edition in 2016. It examines both the objective circumstances of people's lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. It covers issues around employment, income, education, housing, family, health and work–life balance. It also looks at subjective topics, such as people's levels of happiness and life satisfaction, and perceptions of the quality of society.

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