Publications

Eurofound publishes its work in a range of publication formats to match audience needs and the nature of the output. These include flagship reports on a particular area of activity, research reports summarising the findings of a research project and policy briefs presenting policy pointers from research projects or facts and figures relevant to policy debates. Also included are blog articles, r...Read more

Eurofound publishes its work in a range of publication formats to match audience needs and the nature of the output. These include flagship reports on a particular area of activity, research reports summarising the findings of a research project and policy briefs presenting policy pointers from research projects or facts and figures relevant to policy debates. Also included are blog articles, regular articles on working life in Europe, presentations, working papers providing background material to ongoing or already concluded research, and reports arising from ad hoc requests by policymakers. Other corporate publications include annual reports, brochures and promotional publications. Web databases and online resources such as data visualisation applications are available in Data and resources.

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  • Article
    6 Květen 2002

    On 30 March 2002, Martin Bartenstein, the Minister for Economic and Labour
    Affairs, announced his intention to extend unemployment insurance coverage to
    all 'dependent self-employed persons' and holders of 'free-service contracts'
    (Freier Dienstvertrag). People employed under a free-service contract are
    currently insured under the terms of the General Social Insurance Act
    (Allgemeines Sozialversicherungsgesetz, ASVG), while economically dependent
    holders of a 'contract for work' (Werkvertrag) (also referred to as 'Neue
    Selbständige') are dealt with like all other self-employed persons and
    therefore insured under the terms of the Social Insurance Act on
    Self-Employed Persons (Gewerbliches Sozialversicherungsgesetz, GSVG). While
    in 1998, both of these categories of worker were brought within full coverage
    of Austria's social insurance system (including state pensions), they are
    still not covered by unemployment insurance - only dependent employees are
    subject to obligatory unemployment insurance and therefore entitled to
    receive unemployment benefit on losing their jobs.

  • Article
    6 Květen 2002

    In April 2002, Spain's central social partner organisations - CEOE and CEPYME
    for employers and CC.OO and UGT for trade unions - issued a joint statement
    on collective bargaining in the wake of their December 2001 agreement laying
    down guidelines for bargaining in 2002. The social partners' assessment is
    positive, and they claim that the agreement's commitment to pay moderation is
    being upheld.

  • Article
    6 Květen 2002

    Employees at Daewoo's television-manufacturing plant in Lorraine, eastern
    France, came out on strike in April 2002 after the company announced a plan
    to cut 120 jobs. The workforce has called for the state to intercede with the
    Korean-based group, which received government grants when it set up factories
    in the region.

  • Article
    6 Květen 2002

    Following the terrorist attacks on the USA on 11 September 2001, Aer Lingus,
    the Irish state-owned airline, was faced with a serious financial crisis, to
    which it responded with a survival plan of major restructuring and job
    losses, brokered by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) (IE0111101F [1]).
    Arising from this plan, two sets of proposals relating to pilots have been
    drawn up - one on changes to their working practices, and one aimed at
    resolving a dispute over 86 planned redundancies among pilots. In essence,
    the two documents are seen as a trade-off, with the pilots 'winning' on the
    redundancy issues and the company 'winning' in relation to the working
    practice changes.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/crisis-rocks-aer-lingus

  • Article
    6 Květen 2002

    On 6 May 2002, the German metalworkers' trade union IG Metall called some
    50,000 workers out in strike in Baden-Württemberg, the union's 'flagship'
    district in the south-west of Germany. The strike came after negotiations
    over a new sector-wide collective agreement for the metalworking industry had
    stalled about two weeks previously. On 19 April, having negotiated without
    interruption for 15 hours, Berthold Huber, the union's chief negotiator for
    the Baden-Württemberg district, declared that the talks had failed to
    reach an agreement.

  • Article
    6 Květen 2002

    In February 2002, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) expelled the
    UK-based union, the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union (AEEU)
    (IE0203201F [1]). This followed a 1998 membership 'poaching' row with AEEU's
    rival Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) over 39 electricians
    at a Cadburys manufacturing plant in Dublin. In an internal disputes body
    ruling, ICTU sided with the locally-based TEEU, ordering AEEU not to recruit
    the Cadburys electricians and to encourage those who sought membership to
    return to TEEU. However, AEEU flatly rejected the decision.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/irish-congress-of-trade-unions-expels-uk-based-union

  • CAR
    2 Květen 2002

    The comparative study was compiled on the basis of individual national
    reports submitted by EIRO's national centres. The text of each of these
    national reports is available below in Word format. The reports have not been
    edited or approved by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living
    and Working Conditions. The national reports were drawn up in response to a
    questionnaire [1] and should be read in conjunctionwith it.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/sites/default/files/ef_files/eiro/2002/01/word/tn0109q.doc

  • CAR
    2 Květen 2002

    The comparative study was compiled on the basis of individual national
    reports submitted by EIRO's national centres. The text of each of these
    national reports is available below in Word format. The reports have not been
    edited or approved by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living
    and Working Conditions. The national reports were drawn up in response to a
    questionnaire [1] and should be read in conjunctionwith it.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/sites/default/files/ef_files/eiro/2002/01/word/tn0109q.doc

  • Article
    29 Duben 2002

    The spring 2002 collective bargaining round in the Netherlands has proved
    difficult, with industrial action in sectors such as construction and public
    transport. Despite calls for pay moderation, agreed wage increases were
    generally just under 4% (above predicted inflation) until a markedly lower
    rise was agreed, following a major strike, at Philips in April. The Philips
    deal may set the pattern for subsequent bargaining in export-oriented
    manufacturing, but there are still fears of a wage-price spiral.

  • Article
    29 Duben 2002

    In 2001-2, trade unions in the Catalonia region of Spain have taken a number
    of initiatives aimed at examining and criticising the level of unstable
    employment. CC.OO's Catalan organisation has drawn up a 'blacklist' of the
    200 most unstable companies in the region, using a 'barometer of employment
    quality' to highlight alleged abuses of temporary employment, subcontracting
    etc. It claims that this exercise has led to intervention by the Labour
    Inspectorate and the conclusion of new collective agreements. UGT's Catalan
    organisation has conducted a study on unstable employment.

Series

  • 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.

Forthcoming publications