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  • Article
    27 Srpen 1999

    The dispute between the Scandinavian Airlines Systems (SAS) and its ground
    staff was resolved after a meeting between management and trade union
    representatives on 9 August 1999 in Stockholm, Sweden. On 14 July 1999,
    Norwegian ground staff who are members of the SAS Personnel Club (SAS
    Personalklubb) had resorted to industrial action, and refused to work
    overtime, in protest against the airline's possible plans to increase company
    earnings by means of outsourcing approximately 7,000 jobs in Norway, Sweden
    and Denmark (NO9907143N [1]). More SAS employees joined the strike on 27


  • Article
    27 Srpen 1999

    On 20 July 1999, the government decided to finance the training of up to
    4,000 young people, if they cannot find training places with employers in
    1999-2000. This is the same allocation as for 1998-9 (AT9803175N [1]), when
    3,600 young people were placed - 2,100 in 10-month training courses and 1,500
    in three-year "apprenticeship-foundation" courses. Training course
    participants must have a ninth-grade school-leaving diploma (the ninth grade
    is around 15 years of age) and receive about half the regular apprentice's
    remuneration, while foundation course participants have not usually completed
    the ninth grade and receive three-quarters of the normal apprentice's


  • Article
    27 Srpen 1999

    Statistics presented in June 1999 and produced by Statistics Sweden
    (Statistiska Centralbyrån) in cooperation with the Swedish National Board
    for Industrial and Technical Development (NUTEK), show a 9% fall in the
    establishment of new companies between 1997 and 1998. In 1998, a total of
    33,860 new companies were started, compared with 37,040 in 1997. For the
    preceding years, the corresponding figures were: 1996 - 36,010; 1995 -
    35,000; and 1994 - 34,670. The new companies created 55,200 new jobs in 1998,
    of which 26,000 were full-time jobs, the statistics also show. The equivalent
    figures for 1997 were 63,000 new jobs and 32,300 full-time jobs. The
    reduction has been most evident in the northern counties of Sweden - 22% in
    Gävleborg, 20% in Västernorrland and 16% in Västerbotten. The statistics
    are based on genuine new start-ups involving the establishment of new
    activities. The statistics do not include changes of ownership or of legal
    status, or other restructuring.

  • Article
    27 Srpen 1999

    Since 1998, all EU Member States are obliged to draw up annual National
    Action Plans (NAP s) for employment (EU9805107N [1]) based on the EU's
    Employment Guidelines. Member States submitted NAPs for 1999 during summer
    1999, analysing implementation of the 1998 Plans and describing the policy
    adjustments made to incorporate the changes introduced by the 1999 Employment
    Guidelines [2] (EU9810130F [3]). Austria is no exception (AT9802164F [4]) and
    its 1999 NAP [5] was issued in June 1999.


  • Article
    27 Srpen 1999

    A report entitled Survey evidence on wage rigidity and unemployment: Sweden
    in the 1990s [1] was presented on 29 June 1999. The study is based on two
    surveys, one conducted in 1991, the other in 1998, aiming to explore among
    managers from 157 companies in the Swedish manufacturing industry how a
    severe macroeconomic shock affects wage rigidity and unemployment. The
    research was carried out by two economists, Jonas Agell and Peter Lundborg,
    and funded by the Swedish government's Office of Labour Market Policy
    Evaluation (Institutet för arbetsmarknadspolitisk utvärdering, IFAU). In
    1998, when the second survey was conducted, the unemployment rate was much
    higher and the inflation rate much lower than when the first survey was
    carried out in 1991.


  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    On 21 July 1999, the general council of the Trades Union Congress (TUC)
    pledged its support for a campaign [1] organised by the Transport and General
    Workers' Union (TGWU) to try to win reinstatement for 270 workers sacked in
    November 1998 by the Lufthansa-owned airline catering company Skychefs.


  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    After eight months of difficult negotiations, on 8 June 1999, Fim-Cisl,
    Fiom-Cgil and Uilm-Uil, the metalworkers' unions belonging to the three main
    trade union confederations, and the employers' associations Federmeccanica
    and Assistal accepted a mediation proposal put forward by the Minister of
    Labour, aimed at concluding the renewal of the collective agreement for the
    Italian metalworking industry. During June and July, the procedure for
    approval of the agreement involved consultation of trade union members on the
    Ministry of Labour's proposal, and a referendum of all workers on the text of
    the agreement agreed by the parties in June. In both consultations, the
    majority of votes were cast in favour of the agreement, which opened the way
    for its definitive signing.

  • 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

    In late May 1999, the VOO parents' organisation proposed implementing a
    four-day working week in Dutch primary education as the only plausible way to
    reduce working time in the sector. The issue of how to cope with ongoing
    working time cuts at a time of teacher shortages has caused concern in
    parliament, while one parents' association has unsuccessfully challenged in
    the courts a school's decision to introduce a four-day week every other week.


  • 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, launched in April 2020, with five rounds completed at different stages during 2020, 2021 and 2022. This is complemented by the inclusion of research into the ongoing effects of the pandemic in much of Eurofound’s other areas of work.

  • Sectoral social dialogue

    Eurofound's representativeness 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.

  • 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.  

  • 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. 

  • 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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