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  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    On 2 July 1999, the provisions of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 [1]
    were brought into force, one year after receiving Royal Assent (UK9807137N
    [2]). The Act has been described as the most far-reaching "whistleblowing"
    legislation in the world. It provides remedies to workers who are dismissed
    or subjected to detriment by their employer for making certain categories of
    disclosure, ie a disclosure of information which, in the reasonable belief of
    the worker making the disclosure, concerns:


  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    In June 1999, an agreement was signed on the reorganisation of Rome's public
    environmental services company, Ama, leading to differences between the three
    main trade union confederations. Cisl and Uil disagree with Cgil on the way
    in which 2,200 people will be recruited by the newly-established company, Ama

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    Negotiations have been going on for several months between the Belgian
    Bankers' Association (BVB/ABB) and the various trade unions involved -
    ACV/CSC, ABVV/FGTB and ACLVB/CGSLB- on a new national collective agreement
    for the banking sector. However, the talks became completely deadlocked in
    June 1999. The trade unions had already called several short stoppages and
    lightning strikes, but discontent about the failure to secure an agreement
    continued to mount and a one-day national strike was organised by the unions
    for 9 July.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    The total number of requests to terminate employment contracts declined in
    the Netherlands in 1998, according to the Annual Report on termination
    statistics, issued in summer 1999. However, the number of requests related to
    occupational disability has increased.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    In 1998's rather favourable economic climate, collective bargaining in France
    was dominated by the reduction of working time, according to the Ministry for
    Employment and Solidarity's annual bargaining report, published in June 1999.
    Other trends recorded included: intersectoral bargaining falling off to an
    extremely low point; a recovery in the amount of sector-level bargaining at
    the end of the year; and considerable growth in company-level bargaining.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    In June 1999, the Greek General Confederation of Labour (GSEE) and the
    Confederation of Public Servants (ADEDY) officially adopted a position in
    favour of applying a "Tobin tax" to short-term capital movements.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    In July 1999, four weeks of strike action by 130 midwives ended when members
    of the midwives' trade union (Den almindelige Danske Jordmoderforening, DADJ)
    voted by a large majority to accept the collective agreement which DADJ had
    negotiated with the Association of County Authorities (Amtsrådsforeningen)
    and Copenhagen's joint hospital administration (Hovedstadens
    Sygehusfællesskab, HS). More than 60% of the union's members voted in the
    ballot and more than 71% of those voting were in favour of the proposed

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    Following legislation adopted in May 1999, Portugal's legal regime on
    collective redundancies has been adopted to bring it fully into line with the
    1992 EU collective redundancies Directive. Furthermore, the law abolishes a
    previous rule that a worker who has accepted redundancy compensation cannot
    legally challenge the redundancy.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    The new President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi- chosen by the EU
    Member States and approved by the European Parliament- announced his new
    19-member team of Commissioners on 9 July 1999, by common accord with the
    Member States. The first meeting of the proposed new-look Commission took
    place on 16 July. Few of the sitting Commissioners survived the shake-out
    following the allegations of irregularities which had beset the outgoing
    administration. On announcing his team, Mr Prodi said that: "when I accepted
    the job of Commission President, I promised to launch a new era of change in
    the Commission. The Commission needs it. The European Parliament and Member
    States have asked for it. The European public has urged us to carry it out.
    This is what I intend to deliver, starting from today.".


  • 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.  

  • 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 three rounds – in April and July 2020 and in March 2021. 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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