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  • Article
    6 Květen 2002

    In April 2002, the Fontaneda biscuit factory in Aguilar de Campoo
    (Castilla-León, Spain) was threatened with closure by its owner, the
    multinational United Biscuits. The announcement met with fierce protests from
    the workforce and the inhabitants of Aguilar de Campoo, and the closure was
    suspended pending negotiations between management and the plant's workers'
    committee.

  • Article
    6 Květen 2002

    A new European-level joint text [1] in the commerce sector was signed on 11
    March 2002 by the EuroCommerce employers' organisation and, on the trade
    union side, by the commerce section of UNI-Europa, the European regional
    organisation of Union Network International (UNI). The document sets out
    voluntary guidelines supporting age diversity at work.

    [1] http://europa.eu.int/comm/employment_social/news/2002/apr/age_div_en.pdf

  • 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

    On 19 April 2002, the Unified Service Sector Union (Vereinte
    Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft, ver.di) concluded a company agreement [1] with
    management at the Lufthansa airline's call centre, Lufthansa Global Tele
    Sales GmbH (Lufthansa GTS), in Berlin. Backdated to 1 April 2002, employees
    will receive pay increases of between 8.1% and 18.6%. Jan Kahmann, a member
    of ver.di's management board, stated that this 'pilot' company agreement
    would send a signal both nationally and internationally.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/efemiredictionary/company-agreement-4

  • 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

  • Article
    6 Květen 2002

    In April 2002, a government bill relating to protection from violence, moral
    harassment (bullying) and sexual harassment at the workplace was nearing
    adoption in the Belgian federal parliament. The bill, submitted by the
    Minister of Employment and Labour, has prompted disagreement among the social
    partners. In the view of employers' associations, the bill is unsuited to
    labour relations in enterprises.

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