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  • Article
    27 Říjen 1999

    A confidential consultants' report into an unofficial industrial dispute in
    March 1999 at an Electricity Supply Board (ESB), power plant in Tarbert,
    County Clare, proposes a framework to agree a strategy for change in the
    company as a whole, and its power generation business unit in particular. As
    Ireland's monopoly state-run electricity company, ESB and its 8,000 employees
    will soon be facing competition for the first time due to EU deregulation
    requirements.

  • Article
    27 Říjen 1999

    In September 1999, a number of political parties in the Lower House of
    parliament and the trade unions proposed adapting Dutch legislation with
    respect to the supervisory boards of large companies. The introduction of
    members of supervisory boards appointed directly by works councils comprises
    part of the proposal. Employers' organisations want to postpone any
    legislation and propose handling possible changes to the system in
    conjunction with topics such as takeover bids and anti-takeover measures.

  • Article
    27 Říjen 1999

    Parliamentary debate on the second 35-hour statutory working week bill began
    on 5 October 1999 and is due to be complete in late December (FR9910197N
    [1]). The first law on this subject, adopted in June 1998 (FR9806113F [2]),
    provided for the introduction of a statutory 35-hour week from January 2000
    (2002 for smaller companies) and encouraged the social partners to negotiate
    on this issue before a second law set out more detailed legal provisions
    (FR9906190F [3]). The new bill sets out all the detailed regulations which
    will come into effect in 2000 for companies with a workforce of over 20 and
    in 2002 for the remainder of firms. The crucial issue of funding for the
    reform will not be debated by parliament, but has been dealt with in:

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/national-assembly-passes-35-hour-week-bill
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/35-hour-working-week-law-adopted
    [3] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-labour-market-working-conditions/first-35-hour-week-law-evaluated-and-second-law-outlined

  • Article
    27 Říjen 1999

    On 13 October 1999, during talks between Klaus Zwickel, the president of the
    IG Metall metalworkers' union, and Walter Riester, the Federal Minister of
    Labour, both parties agreed in principle on a concept for early retirement at
    the age of 60. The basic idea is that, from the age of 60, older employees
    should be given the opportunity of voluntary early retirement without
    reductions in their pension rights. Currently, those taking early retirement
    have to accept a 0.3% reduction in their pension for every month of early
    retirement. Since a standard retirement pension is paid from the age of 65,
    early retirement at the age of 60 would lead to an 18% reduction in the
    pension. In order to avoid such cuts in pensions because of early retirement,
    the Ministry of Labour has now agreed to create the legal preconditions by
    which reductions in pensions could be compensated by additional payments to
    the statutory pension scheme. Regarding the financing of these additional
    payments, however, the Federal government has made it clear that it will
    accept neither further public payments nor an increase in normal pension
    insurance contributions.

  • Article
    27 Říjen 1999

    A draft report on reform of the public sector pay determination system -
    drawn up for the government by the economic consultants Fitzpatrick
    Associates- suggests a menu of options for pay reform which would form the
    basis for future centralised pay negotiations. A draft of the report -
    /Review of public service pay determination, report to the Departments of
    Finance and the Taoiseach/, August 1999 - which is due to be formally handed
    to government in the near future was featured in the 23 September 1999 issue
    of the Dublin-based /Industrial Relations News/ (IRN).

  • Article
    27 Říjen 1999

    Social partner and institutional initiatives aimed at raising the profile of
    fundamental civil and social rights and enshrining them in some form of
    European consolidated basic text, have been underway for many years, although
    this issue has recently gained a particularly high profile.

Series

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2003

    Eurofound’s European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2003, the first edition of the survey.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2007

    Eurofound's European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2007, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2012

    Eurofound's European Quality of Life Survey (EQLS) examines both the objective circumstances of European citizens' lives and how they feel about those circumstances and their lives in general. This series consists of outputs from the EQLS 2012, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2005

    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 EWCS 2005, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2010

    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 EWCS 2010, the fifth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • Manufacturing employment outlook

    This publication series explores scenarios for the future of manufacturing. The employment implications (number of jobs by sector, occupation, wage profile, and task content) under various possible scenarios are examined. The scenarios focus on various possible developments in global trade and energy policies and technological progress and run to 2030.

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