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  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    An analysis of labour disputes in 1998, published by the Office for National
    Statistics in the June 1999 issue of /Labour Market Trends/, showed that
    strike activity remains at its lowest level since records began in 1891. The
    number of recorded disputes was the smallest ever and the number of workers
    involved the fewest for 70 years, while the number of days not worked because
    of industrial action was lower than in every previous year except 1997.
    Stoppages in summer 1998 on the railways and the London Underground
    (UK9806132N [1]) accounted for much of the latter figure.

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/rail-and-underground-workers-vote-for-industrial-action

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    In a ruling issued on 8 June 1999, the Supreme Court (Højesteret) rejected
    the argument that it should be illegal for trade unions and employers'
    organisations to conclude closed-shop agreements. Under such agreements, in
    order to be able to work at a certain workplace, an employee has to be a
    member of the trade union with which the employer has concluded the
    closed-shop agreement. The ruling came in case against the Danish Cooperative
    Society (Foreningen af Danske Brugser, FDB), brought by Denmark's Free Trade
    Union (Danmarks Frie Fagforening, DFF) on grounds of alleged violation of the
    Council of Europe's Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and
    Fundamental Freedoms by operating a closed-shop agreement. In its ruling, the
    Supreme Court clearly rejected the idea that such a violation had occurred.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    In July 1999, the Federal Statistical Office (Statistisches Bundesamt)
    published new figures on the development of annual incomes in the
    manufacturing sector. According to the statistics, a full-time employee in
    manufacturing earned an average of DEM 68,646 in 1998, including collectively
    agreed annual income as well as other annual bonuses (Christmas bonus,
    holiday bonus, annual profit-sharing payments etc). In comparison with the
    previous year, average income increased by about 2.6% in 1998.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    Since the UK introduced its National Minimum Wage in April 1999 (UK9904196F
    [1]), Ireland is the only EU Member State that currently has no provisions
    for either a statutory or collectively agreed national minimum wage, or a
    system of legally-binding industry-level collective agreements setting
    minimum pay rates across almost all sectors of the economy. Not for long,
    however: the current Fianna Fail/Progressive Democrat coalition government
    has committed itself to introducing a National Minimum Wage (NMW) in April
    2000. A rate of IEP 4.40 per hour for full-time adult workers (and IEP 3.08
    for those aged under 18) has been proposed, following the publication of a
    report by the National Minimum Wage Commission (NMWC) in April 1998
    (IE9804246F [2]).

    [1] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined/the-uks-first-national-minimum-wage
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/undefined-industrial-relations/ireland-set-to-introduce-a-national-minimum-wage-in-2000

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    Backdated to 1 January 1999, the minimum income level which people must
    attain in order to be entitled to sick pay benefits, has been raised from
    approximately NOK 23,000 a year to around NOK 57,000. The implication of the
    changes is that the number of employees not entitled to sick pay benefits
    from the state - ie benefits beyond the first 16 days covered by the employer
    - will increase by approximately 200,000 persons.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    On 2 July 1999, the UK's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) published
    draft Regulations [1] to implement the EU European Works Councils (s)
    Directive [2] in the UK, together with a consultation document [3] seeking
    views on the government's proposed approach. After further refinement, and
    subject to approval by parliament, the Transnational Information and
    Consultation of Employees Regulations 1999 will come into force on 15
    December 1999 - the deadline set by the 1997 Directive [4] which reversed the
    previous UK government's "opt-out" from the original EWCs Directive.

    [1] http://www.dti.gov.uk/IR/ewc-regs.pdf
    [2] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31994L0045&model=guichett
    [3] http://www.dti.gov.uk/IR/ewc-con.pdf
    [4] http://europa.eu.int/smartapi/cgi/sga_doc?smartapi!celexapi!prod!CELEXnumdoc&lg=en&numdoc=31997L0074&model=guichett

  • Newsletter
    27 Červenec 1999

    Communiqué is the newsletter of the Foundation It is published 10 times per year and provides up-to-date news and information on the Foundation's work and research. The March issue contains the following articles: Ageing; EMU and industrial relations; Financial participation; EUCO cooperation.

  • Article
    27 Červenec 1999

    On 6 July 1999, leading representatives of the federal government, trade
    unions and employers' associations (see the annex at the end of this record
    for details of the participants) met officially, chaired by the Federal
    Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, for the third round of top-level talks within
    the framework of the Alliance for Jobs, Training and Competitiveness [1]
    (Bündnis für Arbeit, Ausbildung und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit). The Alliance
    was established in December 1998 as a new permanent tripartite arrangement at
    national level, including various working groups on specific topics as well
    as regular top-level talks between the leading representatives of all three
    parties (DE9812286N [2]).

    [1] http://www.buendnis.de/
    [2] www.eurofound.europa.eu/ef/observatories/eurwork/articles/tripartite-agreement-establishes-national-alliance-for-jobs

Series

  • 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.

  • European Jobs Monitor

    This series brings together publications and other outputs of the European Jobs Monitor (EJM), which tracks structural change in European labour markets. The EJM analyses shifts in the employment structure in the EU in terms of occupation and sector and gives a qualitative assessment of these shifts using various proxies of job quality – wages, skill-levels, etc.

  • European Quality of Life Survey 2016

    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 2016, the fourth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2003. 

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2015

    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 2015, the sixth edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 1996

    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 1996, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2001

    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 2001, which was an extension of the EWCS 2000 to cover the then 12 acceding and candidate countries. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Working Conditions Survey 2000

    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 2000, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 1990.

  • European Company Survey 2004

    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 first edition of the survey carried out in 2004–2005 under the name European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • European Company Survey 2009

    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 2009, the second edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance. 

  • European Company Survey 2013

    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 2013, the third edition of the survey. The survey was first carried out in 2004–2005 as the European Establishment Survey on Working Time and Work-Life Balance.

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